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Ceramides – I bet you have heard about them. More and more products like The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment are released, claiming to repair the skins barrier and thus improve moisture retention.
And there is no doubt that Ceramides are indeed part of a healthy skin, and that their loss leads to problems. But seeing that there are several different types of Ceramides, and that they all are present at different concentrations in your skin, it is sadly not as easy a just slathering one on and everything is fine again.
Ah, why is skincare so complicated?
If you are like me though and won’t let complicated scare you off, I suggest you take a look at the budget options first before you invest big money.
What The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment claims
Designed to replicate the ceramides found in your skin, this treatment empowers the natural protective layer responsible for retaining moisture within your skin cells. By locking moisture in the cells, your skin appears plumper and smoother… It’s no wonder ceramides are thought to be absolute anti-ageing heroes. The 3% blend of ceramides is bolstered by a 2.5% hyaluronic acid complex to give some enviable healthy-looking hydration. Think of it as a supplemental smoothie for pure hydration.
Price and Size
One bottle contains 30 ml and retails for 14,99 GBP on the website here. The pump works without problem and delivers enough for your face with one pump, enough for face and neck with two.
Although it can sometimes be difficult to get every last drop out, these pumps are my favorite kind of packaging.
Texture and scent
A lightweight cream with no noticeable scent. Despite the 2.5% Hyaluronic Acid it is not tacky after application, but sinks in quickly.
How to use The Inkey List Overnight Treatment
The Inkey List calls it Overnight Treatment, which indicates it is meant as a night time treatment, but you could use it in the mornings as well. Ceramides are not sensitive to light and the formula works well under makeup. My favorite way though is using it after my prescription retinoid at night.
Ingredients of The Inkey List Ceramide Treatment
- Butylene Glycol: Humectant
- Glycerin: Humectant
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Hydrating, smaller form of hyaluronic acid with deeper penetration
- Jojoba Seed Oil: Emollient
- Squalane: Occlusive, non-oily oil, natural in skin
- Sodium PCA: Humectant, naturally occurring in skin (drop with age), protecting skins acid mantle, antiinflammatory
- Sodium Lactate: Salt of lactic acid, humectant, pH adjuster
- Arginine: Aminoacid, healing, increases cell turnover, stimulates growth factors
- Aspartic Acid: Aminoacid, important for building skin cell DNA
- Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3): ca. 21% of total ceramide pool in stratum corneum, works synergistically with Ceramide 1 to improve skin barrier function
- Glycine: Aminoacid, hydrates, promotes healing
- Alanine: Aminoacid, hydrates, promotes healing
- Sorbitan Stearate: Humectant
- Ceramide AP (Ceramide 6): ca. 8,8% of ceramide pool in stratum corneum, improves skin barrier function
- Phytosphingosine: Component of ceramides
- Serine: “silk protein”, aminoacid, aids in collagen production, boosts elasticity and replenishes moisture
- Cholesterol: Strengthens outer layer of skin, building block of skin cells, protects from dehydration
- Valine: Aminoacid, hydrating
- Isoleucine: Aminoacid, aids in protein synthesis and repair
- Proline: Non-essential amino acid needed to build collagen
- Threonine: Aminoacid, improves collagen production
- Histidine: Aminoacid, antioxidant
- Phenylalanine: Aminoacid, needed for protein building
- Ceramide EOP (Ceramide 9): ca. 1,1% of total ceramide pool in stratum corneum, improves barrier function
- Carbomer: Thickener
- Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
- Hydroxyethylacrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer: Thickener
- Benzyl Alcohol: Preservative
- Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate: Emulsifier
- Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate: Emulsifier
- Ethylhexylglycerin: Preservative
- Sodium Gluconate: Chelating agent, pH stabilizer
- Polysorbate 60 : Thickener
- Dehydroacetic Acid: Preservative, antifungal, antibacterial
- Xanthan Gum: Improves viscosity
Different humectants (Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate), Aminoacids (Arginine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucin, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine) and Jojoba Seed Oil and Squalane support the main player(s) – the Ceramides.
The formula contains Ceramide NP, AP and EOP, all of which do slightly different things, but work together in repairing the skins barrier.
How does The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment compare to…
The Dr. Jart+ products
To be honest, I can’t really say, as I never had the chance to extensively test those. I tried a sample of the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Lotion once, which was similar lightweight in texture, but that was not enough to compare results.
The Dr. Jart products also offer a variety of different Ceramides and come at a similar price point.
klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
Both are overnight treatments, but while the focus of the klairs one is definitely hydration and brightening, the one by The Inkey List aims to repair. I enjoy both, depending on what I feel my skin needs.
Is it worth your money?
Yes.It is a lightweight, hydrating cream that offers Ceramides and Aminoacids as added bonus, so if you are concerned about a lack of these and an impaired skins barrier, it is definitely worth trying.
Which skin types is The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment best suited for?
It is suitable for all skin types, although dry and very dry skin might want to use it as a serum rather than as last step in their routine.
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