Meet The Inkey List, the Budget-Friendly Skincare Brand You Didn’t Know You Needed

The brand is known for fuss-free formulas that make use of active ingredients.

( In the last few years, consumers of beauty products like makeup and skincare have become more knowledgeable than ever before thanks to the democratization of the industry, which resulted from the widespread success of beauty vloggers as well as the launch and accessibility of new product lines that feature affordable products that deliver high-quality results.

When it comes to skincare in particular, the growing trend over the last few years has leaned towards minimalist brands like The Ordinary, COSRX, Good Molecules, and Krave (just to name a few) that offer wallet-friendly products with active ingredients and simple formulas. If you're a fan of those brands and are always on the lookout for more products that offer reliable results, effective ingredients, and budget-friendly price points, then The Inkey List deserves a spot on your vanity.

The Inkey List skincare products
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The Inkey List is known for their simple but effective skincare products, many of which make use of popular active ingredients like niacinamide, retinol, and more. A majority of their products center around one or two ingredients in high concentration that aim to target specific skincare concerns whether it's acne, dullness, hyperpigmentation, or what have you. Best part? Their lineup features serums, eye creams, moisturizers, cleansers, and pretty much every other item you need in your routine at affordable prices—many of their treatments are available for less than P1,000. Below, we round up some of the best products from The Inkey List you can shop in Manila now—they're available at Beauty Bar!


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These are the 10 best The Inkey List products you can shop in Manila now:

Lactic Acid (P925)

The Inkey List Lactic Acid
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For those still starting out with chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is a good beginner’s pick. It promises to slough off dead skin cells, leaving your complexion brighter and your skin smoother. However, it's much gentler and more forgiving compared to more advanced exfoliating ingredients like glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Lactic acid is also a great alternative for those with sensitive skin or those who get irritated by other types of exfoliants. The Inkey List’s take on the treatment also contains hyaluronic acid, which will boost hydration and prevent skin from getting flaky even while you’re exfoliating it two to three times a week.


Alpha Arbutin (P795)

The Inkey List Alpha Arbutin
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Alpha arbutin is a plant-derived ingredient known for brightening the skin by helping fade dark spots and reduce pigmentation—perfect for those recovering from stubborn acne scarring. The Inkey List’s formulas also contains squalane to moisturize and soften the skin.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (P850)

The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid
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Beta Hydroxy Acid a.k.a BHA is a popular skincare ingredient among those with oily or acne-prone skin. The exfoliant is known to work beneath the surface of the skin to unclog pores and reduce excess sebum. The Inkey List’s version of the exfoliant contains just 2% BHA, which means it might be a safer bet compared formulas that contain a large concentration of the ingredient and may irritate those with more sensitive skin. It’s also non-drying thanks to the added hyaluronic acid!

Ceramide Night Treatment (P1,075)

The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment
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If you’ve been a skincare junkie for some time now, you may have accidentally damaged your skin barrier either by using products that just didn’t work for you or by trying out too many new formulas at once. If you need to repair damaged skin, ceramides will be your best friend—and this multi-ceramide treatment from The Inkey List has a 3% formula (along with 2.5% hyaluronic acid) to protect and rehydrate the skin barrier. Your complexion will be back to normal in no time!


Squalane (P895)

The Inkey List Squalane
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People with oily skin tend to shy away from oil-based products, but hear us out: The fear of oil for those whose skin types tend to produce excess sebum is actually something of a misconception. The key is too choose an oil that’s high in linoleic acid (a fatty acid that oily skin lacks) and The Inkey List’s Squalane is just that. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula hydrates the skin, regulates sebum production, and leaves a glowing complexion while also promising to reduce fine lines.

Retinol (P750)

The Inkey List Retinol
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"Retinol is the gold standard for skin renewal," reads the description of this product on The Inkey List website and no, that’s not just fancy marketing jargon. Retinol is proven to target and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also battling scars and uneven skin tone. Fair warning: Retinol is an ingredient that takes time to work its magic, so results will be gradual—but don't worry, it'll be worth it!

Retinol Eye Cream (P750)

The Inkey List Retinol Eye Cream
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Eye cream often gets a bad rep for being an over-glorified moisturizer, but if you really want to minimize dark circles and fine lines around the eyes, you must look for an eye cream with a strong active ingredient like this product from The Inkey List. Like the previous product, this eye cream has retinol, which is known to increase collagen and blood vessel production, and can help in fading dark spots and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as the improvement of skin tone.


Niacinamide (P650)

The Inkey List Niacinamide
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Niacinamde is one of the most popular active skincare ingredients around because of its gentle-but-effective powers. It regulates sebum production and reduces redness and scarring. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types! The Inkey List’s Niacinamide serum contains a 10% concentration of the ingredient along with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin.

Vitamin C (P750)

The Inkey List Vitamin C
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The Inkey List’s Vitamin C treatment contains 30% pure and stable L-ascorbic acid that’s known to fight dullness and leave skin looking smooth and radiant. Vitamin C is also a popular anti-aging ingredient as it can reduce fine lines and protect the skin against pollution damage.

Q10 (P550)

The Inkey List Q10
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The Inkey List’s Q10 serum packs a punch with a multitude of nourishing ingredients like glycerin, propanediol, squalane, soybean extract, hyaluronic acid and more that all work together to protect skin from environmental stressors, keep it hydrated, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All you need is a pea-sized amount each night!

The Inkey List is available on Beauty Bar's website and at their stores nationwide.

For more information, log on to The Inkey List's website.

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