Turmeric Face Moisturizer
The Inkey List’s Turmeric Face Moisturizer feels great and has an intriguing star ingredient, and while its smell might not be for everyone, it’s still worthy of consideration.
This is packaged in an opaque plastic squeeze tube, which is good news because some of its ingredients are sensitive to light and air, and this packaging protects them from both elements. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-greasy lotion, and it sinks into skin very quickly. Because it does contain a couple of oils, it’s best for those with normal, dry, or combination skin.
The main draw here is the inclusion of turmeric root extract. Turmeric is a source of curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant and skin-soothing ingredient that can also make skin appear brighter. We should also note: this moisturizer has a naturally-occurring earthy, mildly herbal scent. This moisturizer’s scent isn’t the result of added fragrance, it’s not irritating, and we found the scent didn’t linger. Still, the natural aroma might not appeal to everyone.
Also included in this formula is a high amount of squalane, which is a rich source of additional antioxidants and replenishing fatty acids, as well as skin-conditioning and antioxidant coconut and oat kernel oils.
As far as the rest of the ingredients, it’s mainly hydrators and preservatives. It’s not the most advanced formula available, but it provides gentle, fragrance-free hydration that’s not thick or greasy, and has a couple of potent antioxidant ingredients to boot. Overall, it’s one of the brand’s better products!
- Lightweight lotion isn’t thick or greasy.
- Turmeric is a potent source of antioxidants and has skin-soothing properties.
- Includes antioxidant- and fatty acid-rich squalane.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- The natural smell of the turmeric in this moisturizer might not be for everyone.
A brightening moisturizer with antioxidant properties to help to prevent and re-hydrate dry skin.
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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