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The Inkey List

Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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The Inkey List’s Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment is on to something. Recent research shows tranexamic acid has the ability to interrupt pathways in skin that lead to discolorations. In this formula you’re getting it alongside vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside), for a multifaceted approach to fading dark spots and brightening dull skin.

As per usual for The Inkey List, Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment comes in an opaque, pump bottle that helps keep the formula stable. The product dispenses as a jelly-like texture that thins out and spreads smoothly across skin, absorbing quickly. It feels slightly tacky at first, but that sensation dissipates quickly, leaving an imperceptible finish that works for all skin types.

According to The Inkey List, you’re getting 2% tranexamic acid. That concentration is backed by research for its ability to fade hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone. The Inkey List also included 2% vitamin C in this fragrance-free formula to helps boost the treatment’s ability to brighten skin. Rounding things out, skin is treated to a healthy dose of acai berry extract (Euterpe oleracea Fruit Extract), which is a potent antioxidant.

You have to be consistent with use—results for tranexamic acid typically show after two to three months—but it’s worth the wait, especially if you haven’t had good luck with other discoloration-correcting products. Don’t forget broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to ensure maximum improvement.

Pros:
  • Concentration of tranexamic acid is likely to fade discolorations.
  • Vitamin C and acai boost the skin-brightening and antioxidant benefits.
  • Fragrance-free formula, suitable for all skin types.
  • Budget-friendly price.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A concentrated overnight treatment of two percent tranexamic acid to specifically target dark spots. Also formulated with two percent vitamin C and acai berry extract which helps to promote improved skin tone and brightness. Apply a thin layer as one of your last steps to aid in the visibly reduction of hyperpigmentation.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tranexamic Acid, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, 1-Methylhydanto-in-2-Imide, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Cetearyl Olivate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lecithin, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Gluconate, Polysorbate 60, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus Ferment, Sorbitan Isostearate.

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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