Ceramide Night Treatment
Ceramide Night Treatment isn’t quite as concentrated in ceramides as The Inkey List would like you to think, but it still has benefit for hydrating and replenishing skin.
Housed in an opaque, pump bottle Ceramide Night Treatment has a gel-like texture that thins out as it’s spread over skin. It feels slightly tacky at first, but as that sensation dissipates, you’re left with a lightweight finish that works for all skin types.
The Inkey List claims their ceramides work on, “various levels to target dehydrated skin,” which is a true benefit. Just keep in mind that you’re getting a 3% blend of ceramides which is less impressive than a 3% concentration of pure ceramides. It’s not a total loss—the blend can still be effective; but we assume that like us, many other consumers might expect higher amounts from a product whose claims lean so heavily into ceramides as a superstar ingredient.
We’re more impressed by The Inkey List’s inclusion of “2.5 percent multi-molecular hyaluronic acid,” which comes in the form of sodium hyaluronate (the fourth ingredient). Sodium hyaluronate is an excellent hydrator that attracts moisture and gives skin a slight plumping effect. Price-wise, sodium hyaluronate costs considerably less than ceramides, so it’s financially feasible to use more of it without having to dramatically raise the price (in contrast, hyaluronic acid is much more expensive).
The fragrance-free formula also contains a good amount of jojoba oil, which is rich in beneficial fatty acids and offers soothing properties. Skin-replenishing ingredients such glycerin, squalane and sodium PCA make an appearance as well. Further down the list, near the ceramides, you’ll find amino acids that act as water-binding agents to promote hydration.
Considering the price, this ends up being decent mixture of ingredients to live up to the promise to hydrate skin—just go into it knowing the ceramides are only part of the story.
- Beneficial mix of skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Sodium hyaluronate and amino acids boost hydration.
- Lightweight finish works for all skin types.
- Fragrance free.
- Isn’t quite as concentrated in ceramides as it’s made out to be.
Naturally found in the skin, ceramide is the glue that binds skin cells together. This three percent blend of ceramides works overnight at various levels to target dehydrated skin. This lightweight liquid is also formulated with a 2.5 percent multi-molecular hyaluronic acid, giving an all over surge of skin visibly plumping hydration.
The Inkey List is the creation of Colette Newberry and Mark Curry, respectively the former branding and product developers of the widespread UK-based drugstore chain Boots, which has its own namesake skin care line. As with a number of up-and-coming “indie” brands, the media coverage centers on their inexpensive products with minimalist formulas that tend to focus on a single star ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, or retinol.
If you’re wondering about the inspiration for the name, it’s the pronunciation of the acronym “INCI,” which stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, an agreed-upon, regulated list of how cosmetics ingredients should be identified on product labels. Each product has its chief ingredient listed on the packaging with dictionary-style writing underneath showing how the name is phoneticized, a clever and slightly erudite touch.
Though the formulas are somewhat basic, The Inkey List gets its packaging spot-on – all products are in opaque containers, with no jars or clear containers to be found. Fragrance isn’t on this brand’s radar, either--at least not in terms of adding it to their products (which will make your skin very happy).
We’d like to see more complex formulas, but then again such formulas cost more to make, and The Inkey List is mostly a bargain brand. We wrote “mostly” because in some cases, on an ounce-per-ounce basis, The Inkey List costs just as much as some other brands offering the same type of products (like leave-on exfoliants) in larger sizes.
Even with the predominantly one-note ingredient theme, the brand typically includes beneficial ingredients in efficacious amounts and skips irritants, with the exception of a couple a products that contain witch hazel water and drying denatured alcohol.
That aside, the brand offers a good selection of effective products, something we’re always glad to see. The Inkey List is sold exclusively in the U.S. at Sephora; you can learn more about the brand here: https://www.sephora.com/brand/the-inkey-list.
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