The INKEY List - Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner
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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • betaine
PROMISES
FULFILLED
85 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"The glycolic acid is accompanied by 5% witch hazel, which helps to minimise excess oil and so counteract blemishes."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"A 10 percent glycolic acid exfoliating toner that helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother, brighter skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Use this before serums and moisturiser and your complexion will be left smoother, brighter and more even."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"THE INKEY LIST Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner Starring a natural AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), THE INKEY LIST’s Glycolic Acid Toner is enriched with 10% glycolic acid derived from sugar cane."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Use this before serums and moisturiser and your complexion will be left smoother, brighter and more even."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": betaine, butylene glycol.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
6% - 9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
3.5% - 5.2%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
2.6% - 3.8%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.9% - 2.9%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
1.4% - 2.1%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.4% - 1%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.8% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.55%
A plant extract that might help reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.01% - 0.1%

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