I was incredibly excited when I saw the newest launch from The Inkey List, the Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing and Plumping Moisturizer, because it featured all the things I love in skincare, particularly moisturisers, such as skin-barrier-supporting ceramides and hydrators, then of course my excitement was replaced by trepidation whilst I checked the ingredient list for the dreaded Niacinamide; thank you Inkey List for not jumping on the infuriating bandwagon of ramming Niacinamide into absolutely everything – whether necessary or not – so that those of us who can’t use it (and there are quite a few of us!!) are able to enjoy this gorgeous newness.
The Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing and Plumping Moisturizer is a beautifully formulated moisturiser that sits comfortably in the “just right” spot when it comes to weight, feeling deeply nourishing on the skin without being too occlusive, whilst still providing that barrier-like consistently that locks in the previous skincare layers. I’ve only been using this a short time – just long enough to work out if it breaks me, thankfully it does not – but I like it very much and I find it incredibly similar to one of my all-time favourites, Obagi Hydrate, both in texture and results, so this is particularly exciting since Obagi Hydrate is very expensive!
The formula is ceramide-heavy, with both Glycerin and Shea Butter sitting near the top of the INCI list, and interesting it layers with itself really well, which is a kind of strange thing to say, but by that I mean that you can use it sparingly for a light hit of hydration, or layer it up for more intense nourishment. I have used it under makeup, with a whole host of other skincare and there have been no issues such as pilling. The ease of layering also means that this works well as light AM moisturiser and a more hydrating PM moisturiser, making it wonderfully versatile.
The Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing and Plumping Moisturizer is £18.99 for 50ml which is a fantastic price for such a good quality product. I can’t imagine there are many skin types who wouldn’t get on with this, other than maybe the very extreme ends of oily or dry, but even then I think a little bit of tweaking with other products would make it work! It’s really hard to find a good, nourishing moisturiser that works for acne-prone skin too, so I’m hopeful that this will be a great option for those of us who struggle with adult acne. We’re fortunate to have some great, affordable skincare options nowadays but I firmly believe that The Inkey List offer the best when it comes to formulas and innovation, mad especially clear by this latest launch that rivals so many of my fancier branded moisturisers.
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