THE inkey LIST
Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer
What It IsA natural alternative to retinol, bakuchiol moisturizer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What Else You Need to KnowPlant derived and with antioxidant properties, this natural retinol alternative helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even skin tone. Formulated with the Omega-3-packed sacha inchi oil and squalene, it also works to hydrate and nurture the skin. Can be used AM and PM.
Exfoliating, Anti-Aging, Anti-Oxidant
Soothing, Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging
Affordable and Effective Skincare Anyone?
Let’s talk The Inkey List. I’ve been hearing about this brand for MONTHS and never really paid much attention, until recently. I started seeing people I really trust enjoying a lot of their products and thought, hm, maybe there is something to this. So, I asked the company for a skincare routine for me based on my type of skin and concerns. So far, these are the products I’ve tried from the routine and my thoughts. I’ve been incorporating 1 new product per week but I started with the basics all together, so the Bakuchiol, Brighten-i Eye Cream, Salicylic Acid Cleanser, and Hyaluronic Acid serum have been in rotation for about a month at this point and were the first 4 products I used together. Next I incorporated the PHA Toner, and lastly was the Vitamin C serum. •Bakuchiol - I like this a lot. It sinks right in and doesn’t leave a residue, but it isn’t quite hydrating enough for me. I do think I’ll need to incorporate an oil on top, but I don’t mind. The only negative I have with this so far is the packaging. I hate this packaging. The product is too thin for this kind of tube. •Brighten-i Eye Cream - I’ve seen nothing crazy with this, but I don’t see anything crazy with any eye cream. I do like this a lot though and I like the applicator. •Hyaluronic Acid - this feels very nice on the skin. It feels velvety on the skin and soaks right in for me. It leaves no residue and I’ve been enjoying it. I don’t know that it’s helping much with keeping my skin hydrated though. •PHA Toner - I think I’m liking this a lot. I feel like it’s helped my texture and made my face feel softer. It doesn’t seem to be causing any issues, but I think it is a little drying for me. A heavier moisturizer would solve this problem, I think. •Vitamin C Serum - I’ve only been using this for a little over a week and I’m uncertain about it. I do not like the smell and and it leaves my skin EXTREMELY sticky initially. Like, I could stick a spoon to my face and it would probably stay, sticky. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to linger and sinks in after a few minutes. Even if there is a teensy bit of tackiness if I get impatient, after putting on a moisturizer it’s gone. •Salicylic Acid Cleanser - I feel like this does work well and is very gentle. It doesn’t irritate my skin or feel drying, so I really like it. It seems to help with blackheads a lot and with any active breakouts I have, so I’ve definitely been enjoying it. THE inkey LIST - Brighten-i Eye Cream THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner THE inkey LIST - 15% Vitamin C and EGF THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser
THE inkey LIST- Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Okay, so two things: I love the Inkey List and I think focusing on preventative skincare can be important depending on skin concerns. I’m only in my early 20s, but I’ve started to notice that I’ve been developing the tiniest wrinkles around my eyes. I’m not really worried about them, but I definitely would rather be safe than sorry - I wanted to branch into retinol, but as my skin is pretty sensitive I thought maybe I should start out as gently as possible. Enter: THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer - this product is $10 for an ounce, and feels like a very lightweight and hydrating moisturizer. I’ve been using this for about two months and I think it has definitely helped with the overall look of my skin. This product contains Bakuchiol (a retinol alternative) and squalane oil, which is SUPER hydrating and both of these together has made my super fine lines a bit less noticeable and has made my skin feels very consistently plump and hydrated. If you’re really into retinol, I don’t think this is the product for you. It’s such a gentle product and it takes about a month to see any noticeable difference beyond just added hydration, but my skin looks definitely healthier. As wrinkles and obvious signs of aging start to hit me, and if I never build up a tolerance to retinol, I think this product will be useful and will definitely help my skin out as long as I use it consistently.
THE inkey LIST-Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer
my night time skin routine 😴✨!!!
these are the products that are in my night routine: 1. first I cleanse with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin -this cleanser works really well with my sensitive/combination skin - it leaves my skin very soft and smooth -unlike other foaming cleansers it doesn’t dry out my skin at all!!! - it is very gentle and has a calming affect on my skin 2. then I use The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - this product saved skin - it makes my skin really smooth - made my skin a lot less oily - helped get rid of the tiny bumps on forehead 3. next I moisturize with THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer - is a great light weight moisturizer - leaves my skin nourished, supple, and plump - contains squalane and sacha oil which protect and nourish the skin -the 1% bakuchiol serves as a natural retinol alternative helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles 4. for my lips I use Vaseline - Lip Therapy Rosy Lip Balm or Vaseline - Lip Therapy, Advanced Healing Skin Protectant - the rosy balm is very moisturizer and leaves my lips shiny with a pink tint - the texture is really soft and velvety - the advanced healing skin protectant nourishes my lips - it leaves them hydrated and really helps when my lips are very dry 5. lastly I use KATE BLANC - Castor Oil - I have been using it on eyelashes & eyebrows since march - my eyelashes are a lot fuller and longer then before - I use a spoolie to apply it to my eyebrows - my eyebrows are the thickest they have ever been!! * this is just to remind you that what works for my skin might not work for yours, I did my research and tested many products to find the best ones for me and that really helped, it takes time and eventually you will find what works for your skin!❤️
Vaseline- Lip Therapy, Advanced Healing Skin Protectant
Bakuchiol: Deemed to be an alternative to retinoids for those with sensitive skin, this plant-based ingredient has retinol-like benefits with some scientific evidence to back it 👩🔬 However, it is unclear whether bakuchiol increases collagen production & to what extent in comparison to retinol. Therefore more extensive clinical research is needed before swapping your retinol for bakuchiol 🌱 Although if you have sensitive skin and find retinol drying & irritating, then bakuchiol is a great alternative. Products: THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer indeed LABORATORIES - Bakuchiol Reface Pads OLE HENRIKSEN - Goodnight Glow Retin-Alt Sleeping Crème Have you heard of the benefits of bakuchiol before? 🌱👩🔬
indeed LABORATORIES-Bakuchiol Reface Pads
Things I’m enjoying from inkey list
Inkey List has been slowly making more of an appearance on my skin shelf. It’s a a brand that’s worth turning to when you want to try up-and-coming ingredients at an inexpensive price. There’s so much comparison between the Ordinary and Inkey List. I find them completely different. I see the Ordinary as an affordable option for tried and true ingredients, while Inkey List is in its own space for more trending ingredients, (turmeric, hemp seed oil) but in a more robust formula. THE inkey LIST - Multi-Biotic Balancing Moisturizer - I ran out of moisturizer when the lockdown was in full swing and snagged this from Shoppers Drug Mart during my quest to find toilet paper. It’s formulated with pro, pre and post biotics, which can potentially aid in strengthening the skin’s microbiome. This feeels immediately soothing upon application, I believe in large part thanks to the oat kernel oil. It has a gel cream texture that spreads very easily and leaves a soft, lightweight, radiant finish. It’s the perfect amount of occlusion for my oily skin! It does smells like yeast....but the scent disappears after application. The bottle is 30ml, but since the formula has a 6-month shelf life, I almost prefer this size. Have already repurchased this one! THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer - This ingredient has been pitched as a gentler retinol alternative, but I was more interested in Bakuchiol for its promising (but still needs to be studied further) acne fighting potential. I heard from Dr Dray that there was a study showing effectiveness of retinoids and Bakuchiol, so I was eager to see if this would boost the benefits of Differin. I’m a bit indifferent about it. It is oddly cooling upon application, almost like the sensation when you use a tea tree oil product. I think It has a plant oil high in linoleic acid (which may help in making sebum more liquid and less pore clogging) so it leaves the skin feeling soft but not greasy. I’ve only been using this for a month. I do think it’s helping to speed up the healing of clogged pores, but I still need some time to see.... Update: I have passed along the Bakuchiol product to my boyfriend (my skin was feeling slightly more sensitized and decided just to stick with differin and forgo bakuchiol for now). He has added it as his last step moisturizer after using his usual peptide serum and his skin is noticeably firmer and fine lines around the eyes are less prominent. It’s definitely a good one for non-fuss people that want a simple product that helps with skin aging concerns.
THE inkey LIST-Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer
Beat Acne With This Simple Guide
( This is not my photo but I have tried most of these combos)✨ Comedones: these are flesh or white colored bumps (usually most common) Bakuchoil: gentle alternative for retinol. THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer Azelaic Acid: amazing acid (I just reviewed). Great for acne and pore exfoliating! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Granactive Retinoids: lower irritation than retinol (less strength) The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (I find using Differin gel can help to but it can be irritating and shouldn’t be paired with other active ingredients) Oil Production: Niacinamide: vitamin B3 that helps with oil production (especially paired with Zinc) The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Bacteria: Bakuchiol Azelaic Acid Inflammation Niacinamide (best as serum) Bakuchoil (best as moisturizer) Azelaic Acid (better in cream form (especially if you have sensitive skin) Granactive Retinol: (better as serum) Remember to always layer from lightest to heaviest! My personal routine for active acne: Morning ☀️ Cleanse Tone Serum (The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in oil areas) Treat (The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% everywhere) Moisturize Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (great for sensitive skin and when mixing actives) Evening Cleanse Tone Serum (The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in oily areas) Treat (DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel ) Moisturize CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion mixed with Cliganic - 100% Rosehip Oil ) I have used alternative retinol, but I found my skin to get used to it and I wanted something stronger. If you mix these products together (as suggested by the guide) stick to granactive retinol and using bakuchiol. Less chance to experience irritation.
Cliganic-100% Rosehip Oil
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