Review: The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner

Happy Monday~ Getting back into my normal-ish routine, let’s have a chat about a skincare item that I’ve been trying out for the past few weeks. This is The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner.

The Inkey List as a brand has some popularity in the beauty sphere, and was a brand I was quietly watching for a while. Fairly recently, Boots started stocking the brand, so when I saw the display in my local store, I really started to pay attention to what was on offer to me. I eventually had a gap in my skincare routine and picked up this product, which retails for £6.99.

So let’s start with the claims, these are split across the various faces of the boxes, which I have photographed so this is a little bit more photo-heavy today.

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner

Starting with the key ingredients for this product, it claims to be suitable for all skin types, as well as:

“10% concentration helps to keep skin healthy and clear of blackheads and fine lines

5% witch hazel helps to minimize excess oil”

The claim for all skin types is one I sort of tilt my head at, as I both agree and disagree simultaneously. I think it’s probably more accurate from my perspective to see it’s suitable for a lot of skin types, as it tackles oilier skin issues as well as issues for duller or ageing skin. So it’s very diverse in terms of it’s demographic. But I think for the very very sensitive skin types, it may be too much.

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner

Another face of the box also includes instructions for how to use it, which mention using it at night time. It also mentions using every other night to start, and then increasing to every night if you think your skin needs it and can tolerate it. Like other products I’ve tried that do the same thing, it also mentions that it may increase your sensitivity to sunlight, so be careful and make sure to apply sunscreen to protect your skin.

So being the numpty rebel that I am, I didn’t really adhere to the instructions strictly so I’m going to talk through my process so you can get an idea of how I was using the product.

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner

Where I was using it as intended, was to pour out the product onto cotton rounds, and swiping gently onto my face. I avoid the eye areas, and thankfully have been successful in doing so. The packaging is really easy to work with, so I don’t feel like I waste the product.

I quickly veer off as I use this very similarly to how I used the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (which I have reviewed), where I used it as a 2-in-1 treatment and cleanser product. So this is basically what I use in the morning to clean away excess oil from during my sleep, or before bed on days I haven’t used a micellar water to clean away makeup. I haven’t seen any negative effects from doing this, and I think that’s because I’m vigilant and use sunscreen every day without fail, so my skin is adequately protected.

This for me is one of those products that I don’t really notice the difference it’s making until I stop using it. But as I haven’t had really negative consequences even with my sensitive skin issues, I’m quite happy so far. I don’t have much in terms of fine lines at the moments as I’m in my mid-twenties, so I can’t really comment on that.

I do have issues with blackheads, and the most difference I have seen so far is the larger pores between my nose and cheeks are slightly more faded and don’t get congested as quickly. However, my biggest blackhead issues on my nose and chin are still very problematic.

My skin is still quite oily in spite of it being winter because my oily skin is caused primarily from being dehydrated, so the claims regarding helping excess oil isn’t something I expect it to help with.

Overall, this seems like a decent product, and hasn’t aggravated my sensitive skin. You only get 100ml of product, so while £6.99 isn’t a lot of money to spend compared to other brands on the market, it does sting a little to only get 100ml as I’m working through the bottle very quickly.

Would I purchase it again? Now that it’s easily accessible, I definitely would consider it. I’m definitely eager to try more products from The Inkey List when I have gaps in my skincare routine. I think this is worth looking into if you’ve tried acid treatments like this before, especially if you struggle with congested skin.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.

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