Retinol has got to be one of the buzziest skincare ingredients to gain popularity in the past year. It promises bright, smooth, young-looking skin and beauty fans around the world swear by swiping a little on their skin at night. Usually, it'd be a pretty spendy purchase - worth it, if it works for you, but a bit of a splurge.
So, we've got some great news: We've found a sneaky little retinol bargain. Brand new skincare brand The Inkey List has released a slick retinol serum in a non-threatening black-and-white tube. At £9.99, it's an absolute steal. We're excited.
After reading about the hero product on Cosmo, we decided to investigate further.
"A superstar ingredient for a reason, retinol helps to promote skin renewal and enhance collagen production, leaving skin brighter, smoother and more youthful-looking," the brand declares on its site. "This slow-release formula minimises irritation and maximises results, leaving fine lines and wrinkles minimised and skin tone more even than ever."
Beauty buffs are hailing this purse-friendly skincare brand 'the new Deciem' - and nothing costs more than £10
This nifty little tube of serum contains a total of 1% RetiStar alongside 0.5% Granactive Retinoid, which should really smooth and brighten. The slow-release formulation means you should avoid the most annoying, typical side-effect of a little retinol on your face: peeling. The effects of this retinol serum should be more gradual, building up over time gently and effectively.
The Inkey List retinol serum is currently completely sold out on Cult Beauty, according to their Instagram. Desperate fans have formed a queue in their comments, asking when it'll be back in stock. There's a waiting list on Cult Beauty and they'll notify people when it's available again.
If you do get your hands on a dose of this retinol, remember the golden rules of incorporating it into your skincare regime : Only ever use a pea-size amount on your face, start off by using it just a few times a week as your skin gets used to it, and always slap on some sunscreen because it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Otherwise, go forth and get your glowiest skin yet.