22nd January 2021

The Inkey List Cleansers

Breaking down the Cleansing range from The Inkey List...

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The first step of any decent skincare routine is always cleansing and makeup/spf removal. The Inkey List do not make a bad cleanser. Their small but mighty cleansing category consists of just three products, all of which have earned their place in the range and work across many different skin types and concerns. They are a makeup remover, cleansing balm and gel cleanser.

Oil and Water Double Cleanser

INCI: Aqua (Water/ Eau), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Tetradecenyl/ Methylpentadecene, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Disodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Calcium Gluconate, Potassium Sorbate.

The Oil and Water Double Cleanser, is less of a cleanser and more of a makeup remover. It’s your first step in your cleansing routine if you wear makeup or SPF (we should all be wearing the latter!). It’ll get rid of anything that is designed to stay on your face and prep the skin to be cleansed thoroughly. It makes light work of even waterproof mascara and brow products, just make sure you don’t use it around lash extensions because the oil will break them down quicker and remember this is not your only step, rinse it away with a follow up step!

I remember when this came out, it was part of the first few new launches, following their huge initial launch and the entire beauty industry was excited to see what was next for the already so recognisable brand. I love that it used sea buckthorn oil with almond oil, it’s so good! And it injected some colour into the range, as you read above it is really effective but I was still left with space on my shelfie for what I initially hoped would follow the SA cleanser, a cleansing balm.

*enter oat cleansing balm*

Oat Cleansing Balm

INCI: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Candelilla Cera (Cire de candelilla), Silica, Sorbitan Stearate, Tribehenin, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Aqua (Water/Eau), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

Perhaps the most anticipated launch for the brand, the Oat Cleansing Balm is a brilliant affordable cleansing balm. This wonder product obliterates makeup and SPF whilst soothing the skin, making it perfect for winter skin.

The balm is a rich oil texture, melting on contact with the warmth of the skin. There aren’t any chunky oats in the formula; instead they use oat kernel oil and flour to offer the same soothing effect without any messiness.

I use this exclusively as a first cleanse, though it would also work as a second cleanse on a dryer skin and double up as a calming mask too. If like me, you lean slightly oily and blemish prone this may feel heavy so be sure to remove any residue with a second cleanser.

I’ve never had any trouble with it but I’ve always emulsified with water and removed with a flannel. The squeezy tube packaging is great too, but I keep mine in the bathroom so it’s nice and warm and melts easily.

Salicylic Acid Cleanser

INCI: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Salicylic Acid, Betaine, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Benzyl Alcohol, Coconut Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate.

If you see this in stock, buy two. This may be the BEST budget gel cleanser I have ever tried at this price point. Closer to a face wash, the Salicylic acid cleanser uses a combination of Salicylic acid and Zinc to fight blemishes and oil which calming down any inflammation.

Affectionately known to brand fans as ‘Sally’ this product has taken on a life of it’s own since launch and sells out with increased demand every. single. time. This’ll be best suited to breakout prone and oilier skins but because it is sulphate free it cleanses without stripping I remove this with a flannel and it is great to keep in the shower for the mornings, just make sure the shower temperature isn’t too warm.

It is in high demand for good reason and is my favourite of their cleansing category.

L-R: Oat Cleansing Balm and Salicylic Acid Cleanser

I hope this helped you navigate your way through the cleansing offer at The Inkey List.

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