Sephora is known for selling higher-end products, but last year they introduced the fast skincare line, The Inkey List. Similar to The Ordinary, The Inkey List sells targeted products at an affordable price point.
One such product is The Inkey List Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment. This is “an overnight ceramide formula to help skin feel rehydrated, supple, and protected.” With the winter months here, sometimes our skin needs a little extra TLC, and for $15 it is definitely worth checking out.
Ceramides are part of a family of waxy lipid molecules found naturally in the skin and are present in all four layers of the epidermis. They’re a type of oily wax that holds skin cells together, which creates a protective barrier on the top layer of skin. Even though your skin naturally generates its own ceramides, environmental factors and aging lower the natural production of ceramides.
The topical application of ceramides is beneficial for the repair and maintenance of healthy skin. If your skin is decreasing in ceramides, it is prone to redness and dryness. Ceramides are hydrating without being so heavy that they clog the pores! In fact, they actually perform a balancing act that can help reduce oil production making them a great option for those who have oily skin too.
Glycerin is one of the most effective natural humectants available over the counter to consumers. Humectants are one of the three key ways to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Where occlusives form a moisture barrier on the skin’s surface and emollients penetrate skin to repair from within, humectants work by actively attracting water. Humectants in moisturizing cream are able to draw and maintain moisture near the skin’s surface. This allows the occlusives and emollients to do their thing.
This means that water is drawn to glycerin, which can cause a number of beneficial impacts when used properly. Glycerin is one of my absolute, hands-down favorite moisturizing ingredients! Glycerin is a natural moisturizing factor (NMF), mimicking the skin’s structure and function, as well as a humectant moisturizer, binding with several times its weight in water from the environment. It strengthens the skin barrier by speeding up skin cell maturation through residual transglutaminase in the strateum corneum. It increases the hydration state of skin and makes the skin less vulnerable to transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by expanding both the corneocytes and intercellular lipids.
Jojoba oil is rich in fatty acids and provides plenty of hydration for your skin without clogging the pores. Jojoba is so similar to our skin’s natural oil, it is thought that jojoba oil can “trick” the skin into thinking it’s producing enough oil, which helps balance oil production. “Jojoba oil is rich in natural fats that mimic those in the outer layer of the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “This means it can help the skin retain moisture and heal itself.” Scientific research confirms this. One study shows that the use of jojoba oil shows modest swelling, indicative of moisture retention, in the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of skin) after use (Journal of Dermatological Science, 2008).
Jojoba oil can also help to increase the penetration of other ingredients into the skin! Jojoba oil also acts as a barrier to protect your skin from extreme temperatures! Whether you’re outside in the cold, or in your dry, indoor heat pumping circulating through your house. Even air conditioning can make skin rough and uncomfortable. Jojoba oil helps to soften and keep the skin protected and hydrated.
Personal Use and Opinion
I found that The Inkey List Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment works best when used as the last step in your routine. You only need one pump for your entire face. Be sure not to use too much as it is prone to pilling! It is a bit on the thicker side but doesn’t sit on top of the skin or make it feel uncomfortable at all.
This is better suited for those who have oily to combo skin, as I find it to be a little mattifying.
I would recommend The Inkey List Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment for those with oily to combination skin looking to add a little more hydration into their routine. I’m a big fan of ceramides, glycerin, and jojoba oil as they are proven hydrators!