As a dry skinned person, I really struggle with moisture. For me, hyaluronic acid is one of my absolute favorite ingredients. It plumps the skin, it moisturizes, it’s amazing! I know I talk about a lot of expensive beauty products around here but one really affordable amazing find this year has been The Inkey List’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
When it comes to affordable skincare products The Inkey List is definitely a favorite brand. Everything I have tried from the brand has been great – I also love this cleansing balm (it’s such a big tube for $11) and this caffeinated eye gel which zaps under eye bags. Also fun fact from my beauty marketer days: an inkey list is the the industry name for the long list of ingredients that’s in every product. Just interesting/cool that they chose that name. Out of everything that I’ve tried though, the hyaluronic acid serum is far and away the best of the bunch.
Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Review
First of all I want to talk about what hyaluronic acid actually IS and how it works, because the science behind this product is pretty cool. I think the name can be confusing, making people think it’s an exfoliant, but it isn’t! Hyaluronic acid, or HA, will not exfoliate your skin but it will hydrate it. HA is known for its powers to plump and hydrate, leaving skin soft and supple (and reducing the look of fine lines as it plumps). HA is a humectant. A humectant is a substance that naturally attracts water to it. It can do this by drawing moisture from the air, from creams, etc. Hyaluronic acid actually pulls moisture from the air into your skin.
From an ingredient/science perspective, it’s best as a serum or as an ingredient in a moisturizer. If you just put HA on your face alone you won’t see great benefits, the benefits really happen when you layer it under a moisturizer. The HA attracts the water from the cream, pulling it into your skin. Think of it as a powerful booster for your favorite moisturizer.
Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Ingredients:
Of course. This is a big one/the most important. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in our bodies (it’s found in our skin, our connective tissues, etc). But just like with collagen, as we age, we produce less of it (UGH_. This is one of the main reasons that we notice dryer skin as we get older. Also worth noting: no product will contain pure hyaluronic acid. This stuff is expensive. Most skincare products with hyaluronic acid only contain 1-2% but that is still really powerful! This serum contains 2%.
Matrixyl 3000™ Peptide
Supports natural collagen production to visibly plump. It works like a messenger to the skin, signaling the skin to produce more collagen. Between this and the HA, this serum is a powerful skin plumper!
Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Texture & Feel:
This product is very silky and viscous. You only need a few drops. Also important: it is not sticky at all and it has no smell!
How To Use The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum:
Again, this is a booster for your other serums and moisturizers. So this will be your first step before your serums. I go cleanse, tone, this, then serum. (And then, moisturizer and oil if I’m using an oil).
If you use an essence, you can use this after essence. You only need a couple drops. So while the bottle is small, it lasts a long time.
I can’t stress this enough: think of it as a booster for your current moisturizer. It helps your creams and moisturizers do their best work.
Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum Results:
The biggest two noticeable differences I see using this product are moisture (it really does make your moisturizer work better) and plumpness. Since it plumps up the look of the skin, fine lines are less visible. Of course, the effect is temporary but that’s okay! For under ten bucks, this is a pretty epic product.
Funny you should post this today. Over the weekend, I went down the HA rabbit hole. An account I follow on Instagram (@thedermwifelife) recommended the French brand Ialuset hyaluronic acid. It’s available on Amazon and The French Pharmacy. I ordered it but haven’t received yet. It has great reviews, so we’ll see! : )
Oh interesting! I will check it out!
Hi Grace, would you use this on the same nights you use Biossance’s lactic acid?
I would probably skip it! You totally could but the Biossance has squalane in it. Usually on lactic acid nights I do toner, lactic acid, and then Bader (if I’m feeling richhhhe) or the Biossance squalane and omega repair cream!
The inkey range is great , I’ve been using it for some time now , and in Ireland these products are a little more expensive, but I’d highly recommend them to people over 50
Great to know, thank you!