The Inkey List Bakuchiol moisturiser was my first try at the new kid on the block ingredient, Bakuchiol. It’s is touted as the natural version of retinol that you can use during pregnancy. The ingredient also claims not to have the drawbacks of retinol; namely peeling and sensitivity.
To call it the new kid on the block is not strictly accurate. Bakuchiol has been around for years in Ayurvedic medicine. It has, however, gained some notoriety in cosmetics recently.
I had high hopes for The Inkey List Bakuchiol moisturiser. Still, my main concern was the texture and consistency of the product on my combination skin. I am sure we all know the struggles of trying to finding the perfect moisturiser, that delivers the right amount of
for any skin type.
The Inkey List Bakuchiol product claims and ingredients
The Inkey List has a similar marketing strategy to The Ordinary, in the sense of simple formulas backed by science and efficacy. The Inkey List has a much smaller but growing list of products, which focus on generally single or few active ingredients.
The main benefits of The Inkey List Bakuchiol include reduction of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen and evening out of skin tone/hyperpigmentation. As previously stated, this is a plant-derived form of a retinol alternative, which is pregnancy and breastfeeding safe, and unlike retinol does not create sun sensitivity. But not to sound like a broken record, everyone applies sunscreen in the morning, right?
In this formula there are three main ingredients:
1% Bakuchiol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
3% Squalane helps to hydrate and protect the skin
1.5% Sacha Inchi Oil rich in omega-3 to nourish the skin
The moisturiser has a pH of 6.0-7.0, so relatively neutral. It can be used with a range of different actives to form a skincare routine.
The website states that this can be used both in the morning and the evening for maximum effect.
Incidentally, The Inkey List has revamped its website, and it is brilliant and very informative. The site has a comprehensive skincare routine builder. It gives extensive details about their products, including what they can be used with, to deliver different results. Check it out. I highly recommend it!
How I used the Inkey List Bakuchiol
I decided that this product would fit well in a nighttime routine, I would typically do two days with retinol and one day with an acid. One the acid day I would follow up with the Inkey List Bakuchiol. However, I found this moisturiser was not heavy enough to ‘seal’ everything in by itself. So I would mix a pea-sized amount with a drop of facial oil.
The addition of the oil gave the texture a comforting amount of occlusive properties, which adequately seals The Ordinary Mandelic Acid I was using. I opted to use the Herbivore Pheonix facial oil. I think mixing with the moisturiser provides the perfect delivery to soften skin without the oiliness.
My final thoughts
I find the Inkey List Bakuchiol moisturiser does an excellent job at hydrating the skin. The moisturiser also gives that ‘glowy’ look without looking oily. So as a moisturiser, this is probably ideal for those with combination skin.
The texture of the product of the feels very light and more lotion-like, unlike many (more occlusive) moisturisers out there. The texture would make it an ideal daytime moisturiser. As I said above it does not feel like it ‘seals’ everything in, but adding a drop of facial oil can address that.
Bakuchiol does not in itself replicate retinol in how it is formed or works. Still, it does stimulate the same retinoid receptors in the skin to stimulate collagen production. I honestly, do not think this is a direct replacement for retinol, but the results from this product are great.
The Inkney List Bakuchiol – is a wonderful alternative if you do not want to use retinol for any reason. Still, the results are not quite the same in my opinion.
Within the routine I used this product in, I found that it certainly helped with evening out of the skin tone and reducing my hyperpigmentation. In all honesty, I cannot speak for the reduction (in appearance at least of) of fine lines and wrinkles.
At the time of writing, you could buy a 30ml tube of The Inkey List Bakuchiol for £9.99 from Feelunique.com.
I would absolutely purchase this moisturiser again, in my opinion, this is ideally suited for those with combination skin. It is recommended at least twelve weeks use to see results, I have started to see results after eight weeks!
If you are interested in reading about other moisturisers I have tried, please click here.
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