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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% 30ml

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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, previously known as Advanced Retinoid 2%, is one the most-popular Retinoid-based products from the skincare experts at The Ordinary. Known for being one of the most effective ingredients for anti-ageing, Retinoids come in different potencies and varying formulations to reduce sensitivity.

 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, moderate-strength emulsion with low irritation levels. The product’s active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less abrasive alternative to retinoic acid, or prescription retinol medication, to accelerate skin cell turnover and reverse the signs of ageing and acne.

Key benefits of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion:

  • Moderate-strength Retinoid
  • Low risk of irritation for Retinol skincare
  • Lightweight, creamy emulsion
  • Can treat a variety of skin conditions, including pigmentation, ageing, and acne
  • Helps prevent the formation of wrinkles
  • 30ml

What is Retinoid?

‘Retinoid’ is a broad name for any product that contains a derivative of Vitamin A. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% contains two different forms of Retinoids that are easily absorbed by the skin. This product causes less irritation than traditional forms of Retinoid.

 

The main active Retinoid is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a specific and advanced form of Retinoid that works harder to diminish signs of ageing whilst being more gentle on skin. This is blended with a form of pure Retinol in a protective capsule system, which aids the delivery of the HPR.

 

How does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion work?

This anti-ageing serum from The Ordinary works by accelerating the rate of skin cell turnover, making way for newer, fresher, and healthier cell growth underneath. It also helps to slow down the degeneration of collagen in the skin, the main protein for youthful-looking skin, and helps to prevent the formation of dynamic facial folds and wrinkles. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion can help with pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and active breakouts.

 

How to use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Introducing Retinoids into your skincare routine slowly is important to prevent irritation and sensitivity. Start with just once a week, and then slowly increase usage up to a maximum of four times a week. The emulsion should only be applied at night, because Retinol can heighten skin sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays. A daytime sunscreen is always recommended when using this product.

 

Apply the emulsion after water-based serums and before oils and heavier creams. Do not use this product along with other Retinoid treatments.

 

Who should use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is suitable for anyone who is concerned about skin texture, acne breakouts, ageing skin, or pigmentation. Retinoids should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding and should not be used on very sensitive, damaged, or compromised skin.

 

How does Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion compare to other The Ordinary skincare products?

In 2017, The Ordinary expanded its collection of Retinoid products to introduce new formulations and strengths. Advanced Retinoid 2% was renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to fit in with the new naming conventions of the extended range.

 

Here is a breakdown of the different Retinoid formulas The Ordinary currently makes:

 

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)

Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)

 

The Granactive Retinoid collection uses the same delivery system for the same active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less harsh alternative to retinoic acid but a relatively new creation in the skincare world. The remaining three products use pure Retinol, a tried and tested ingredient, which, once applied, needs to be converted by the body in order to deliver benefits. Retinol can cause irritation, so it is important to introduce it slowly into your skincare routine.

 

Does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion help with acne?

Retinol for acne is a great way to both minimise active breakouts and prevent future breakouts from occurring. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion helps to accelerate skin cell turnover to minimise the longevity of acne whilst promoting healthier skin cell growth for a clearer complexion.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for scars and pigmentation?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to include in a routine for treating scarring and pigmentation, as it helps to speed up skin cell turnover for newer and fresher skin. The emulsion works particularly well for fading scars and pigmentation when used in conjunction with a vitamin C product.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for rosacea?

When looking for new methods and products to minimise and treat rosacea, it is always recommended that you consult a doctor first. Whilst the emulsion can help with the symptoms and appearance of rosacea, it may further irritation, particularly on those who have extremely dry, dehydrated, or compromised skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion comedogenic?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion contains acne-reducing ingredients, so despite its light oil base, it is non-comedogenic and suitable for those with congested skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for wrinkles?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has anti-ageing properties, making it an excellent product for treating and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are known as being one of the only ingredients to not only prevent premature ageing but actively reverse it too.

 

Is good for dark spots?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to assist in treating dark spots, especially when used in conjunction with a vitamin C serum.

 

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

Age:

  • 20s
  • 30s
  • 40s
  • 50+

Eye Concern:

  • Age Prevention
  • Deep Lines

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, previously known as Advanced Retinoid 2%, is one the most-popular Retinoid-based products from the skincare experts at The Ordinary. Known for being one of the most effective ingredients for anti-ageing, Retinoids come in different potencies and varying formulations to reduce sensitivity.

 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, moderate-strength emulsion with low irritation levels. The product’s active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less abrasive alternative to retinoic acid, or prescription retinol medication, to accelerate skin cell turnover and reverse the signs of ageing and acne.

Key benefits of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion:

  • Moderate-strength Retinoid
  • Low risk of irritation for Retinol skincare
  • Lightweight, creamy emulsion
  • Can treat a variety of skin conditions, including pigmentation, ageing, and acne
  • Helps prevent the formation of wrinkles
  • 30ml

What is Retinoid?

‘Retinoid’ is a broad name for any product that contains a derivative of Vitamin A. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% contains two different forms of Retinoids that are easily absorbed by the skin. This product causes less irritation than traditional forms of Retinoid.

 

The main active Retinoid is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a specific and advanced form of Retinoid that works harder to diminish signs of ageing whilst being more gentle on skin. This is blended with a form of pure Retinol in a protective capsule system, which aids the delivery of the HPR.

 

How does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion work?

This anti-ageing serum from The Ordinary works by accelerating the rate of skin cell turnover, making way for newer, fresher, and healthier cell growth underneath. It also helps to slow down the degeneration of collagen in the skin, the main protein for youthful-looking skin, and helps to prevent the formation of dynamic facial folds and wrinkles. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion can help with pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and active breakouts.

 

How to use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Introducing Retinoids into your skincare routine slowly is important to prevent irritation and sensitivity. Start with just once a week, and then slowly increase usage up to a maximum of four times a week. The emulsion should only be applied at night, because Retinol can heighten skin sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays. A daytime sunscreen is always recommended when using this product.

 

Apply the emulsion after water-based serums and before oils and heavier creams. Do not use this product along with other Retinoid treatments.

 

Who should use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is suitable for anyone who is concerned about skin texture, acne breakouts, ageing skin, or pigmentation. Retinoids should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding and should not be used on very sensitive, damaged, or compromised skin.

 

How does Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion compare to other The Ordinary skincare products?

In 2017, The Ordinary expanded its collection of Retinoid products to introduce new formulations and strengths. Advanced Retinoid 2% was renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to fit in with the new naming conventions of the extended range.

 

Here is a breakdown of the different Retinoid formulas The Ordinary currently makes:

 

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)

Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)

 

The Granactive Retinoid collection uses the same delivery system for the same active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less harsh alternative to retinoic acid but a relatively new creation in the skincare world. The remaining three products use pure Retinol, a tried and tested ingredient, which, once applied, needs to be converted by the body in order to deliver benefits. Retinol can cause irritation, so it is important to introduce it slowly into your skincare routine.

 

Does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion help with acne?

Retinol for acne is a great way to both minimise active breakouts and prevent future breakouts from occurring. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion helps to accelerate skin cell turnover to minimise the longevity of acne whilst promoting healthier skin cell growth for a clearer complexion.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for scars and pigmentation?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to include in a routine for treating scarring and pigmentation, as it helps to speed up skin cell turnover for newer and fresher skin. The emulsion works particularly well for fading scars and pigmentation when used in conjunction with a vitamin C product.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for rosacea?

When looking for new methods and products to minimise and treat rosacea, it is always recommended that you consult a doctor first. Whilst the emulsion can help with the symptoms and appearance of rosacea, it may further irritation, particularly on those who have extremely dry, dehydrated, or compromised skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion comedogenic?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion contains acne-reducing ingredients, so despite its light oil base, it is non-comedogenic and suitable for those with congested skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for wrinkles?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has anti-ageing properties, making it an excellent product for treating and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are known as being one of the only ingredients to not only prevent premature ageing but actively reverse it too.

 

Is good for dark spots?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to assist in treating dark spots, especially when used in conjunction with a vitamin C serum.

 

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

Age:

  • 20s
  • 30s
  • 40s
  • 50+

Eye Concern:

  • Age Prevention
  • Deep Lines

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. Store in a cool, dry place.

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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4.7 of 365 reviews

94% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Lovely! Great Value
So good! Being in my 30's, I was looking for something that would help with my skin texture, pores, plumpness and combination skin. I'm an ex acne sufferer and have also been on roaccutane. I am very weary with skin care products but the ordinary products especially this product have blown me away. My skin is super soft and plump. I love the whole ritual of layer all the products at night!

Most Helpful Criticism

Will probably repurchase a stronger version next time
I have oily dehydrated skin, with some hormonal acne around my jawline and bumpy texture on my forehead, that is starting to show some fine lines around my eyes and mouth. I’ve been using this product for a week and have noticed improvement in the “glow” and texture of my skin. It is thicker than a normal serum and is almost creamy. The colour is also “creamier” than the other serums in “The Ordinary”s ranges. This product does not tingle or sting. Being the first time I’ve tried a retanoid I haven’t been too sure what to expect, so will probably aim for a higher strength one next time.
  1. Lovely! Great Value

    So good! Being in my 30's, I was looking for something that would help with my skin texture, pores, plumpness and combination skin. I'm an ex acne sufferer and have also been on roaccutane. I am very weary with skin care products but the ordinary products especially this product have blown me away. My skin is super soft and plump. I love the whole ritual of layer all the products at night!
  2. Better than the previous formula

    I find that this formula is much better than the previous formula.

    The previous formula made my face very sensitive and I ended up with contact dermatitis around my eyes and lips. This new retinoid formula is much better and I have had reduced sensitivity with continued use. I use this product 3 times a week with a simple vitamin e cream and eye cream and find that my skin has slightly improved over time. My breakouts (due to hormones) has also reduced. Highly recommend this new formula to anyone who has sensitive skin and is wanting to try a retinoid product.
  3. Favourite product from the Ordinary

    This is by far my favourite product from the Ordinary. I was blown away by how AMAZING my skin looked when I woke up the next day after trying it out the night before. My skin was clear, bright and less red. It's honestly a game changer. I think I've purchased this more than 4 times and the only reason I've stopped using is because my skin has gotten used to it and the results are not as amazing anymore - however, that might have something to do with the fact that my skin is just getting better. For the price, this is an absolute must. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  4. Will probably repurchase a stronger version next time

    I have oily dehydrated skin, with some hormonal acne around my jawline and bumpy texture on my forehead, that is starting to show some fine lines around my eyes and mouth. I’ve been using this product for a week and have noticed improvement in the “glow” and texture of my skin. It is thicker than a normal serum and is almost creamy. The colour is also “creamier” than the other serums in “The Ordinary”s ranges. This product does not tingle or sting. Being the first time I’ve tried a retanoid I haven’t been too sure what to expect, so will probably aim for a higher strength one next time.
  5. Absolute skin saver.

    I bought this mainly to help with pigmentation, but it's transformed my skin in multiple ways. It's almost done away with my break-outs entirely, and has changed my skin tone and texture significantly. I started out using it every three days in order to let my reactive skin adjust, and gradually increased the frequency to daily with absolutely no adverse reaction, no shedding, and no purging. It's hard to accurately judge the difference it has made in the pigmentation when just scrutinising my naked face, but when I apply make-up I can absolutely notice how much easier my foundation applies, how much less concealer I have to use, and how much smoother & more even the overall effect is. Will definitely continue using (though I may step up to the higher percentage at some point), and would recommend even to those with reactive skin. I'm 41, with dry-ish skin, and have been using it for about 6 months, in combination with an increasing number of The Ordinary products.
  6. It works!

    This product has helped to even out my skin and reduce my acne however you should only use it maybe 2-3x a week max, otherwise it can make your skin very sensitive and breakout.
  7. AMAZING

    I have repurchased this product so many times - I think I'm on my 6th or 7th bottle now, it is that good! it completely smooths out any texture and makes your skin glow! i've also found it helps a lot with reducing acne/speeding up the recovery process, as well as fading scarring over time. could not recommend more!
  8. So good

    I loved this for my skin, totally cleared my pores and reduced congestion, improved texture and added glow. This one is just the right strength for me and I don’t suffer from any dryness or chemical burns from it. No complaints
  9. Fantastic product - I will continue to repurchase

    I have combination skin and I love love love this - I use it every second day and I haven't had any issues with sensitivity. I find I wake up with a smoother and more even skin tone in the morning. I've repurchased this already and will continue to do so.
  10. Gentle on Sensitive skin !

    Initially upon purchasing this product I was quite afraid my eczematic skin would react negatively to this product as I have heard from many people that retinol was quite harsh on the skin. I did my research and found out that retinoid is a less reactive form of retinol and decided to give it a go. Im so glad I did, not only did not react badly with my skin, I find that the number of breakouts I got after introducing this into my routine has also decreased significantly. However if you do use this product be sure to use it at night and after plenty of sunscreen during the morning to ensure your skin is getting full protection of UV
  11. Amazing product

    I absolutely love this product! I first tried the ordinary product 6 months ago and have continued to repurchase. It makes your skin feel fresh and soft and when I didn't use it for a week I could notice the dullness in my skin.
  12. This product reduces uneven skin tone, pigmentation and is SO affordable

    I have been using this for the past 4 months and it has really reduced my uneven skin tone and pigmentation.
    I use it at night after cleansing and toning with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid.
    Such a great product for such a great price!
  13. Initial results didn't last

    I used this product for more than 6 months. Initially I noticed improvements to the quality of my skin but I found that over time these changes were not sustained and it was not worth continuing to use it.
  14. Definitely A YES!!!

    Helps on my breakouts. Love how it feels on the skin while it say it does, it does not irritate the skin. Its only been a week but i can see the different. Slowly but surely my pigmentation and breakouts will diminish soon. Price are affordable too!!!
  15. perfect for nightly regime

    I use this at night, after Buffet and before Hyaluronic Acid. Maybe it's due to all of them, but my skin feels plump and hydrated and my fine lines are gone. Love this, and love all products I've tried from The Ordinary. I finally feel like I have a regimen I feel comfortable with and which really works. I have sensitive skin with dry patches and this works wonders!
  16. Couldn't be happier

    This product seems to be working well with my skin. I've only been using it for a week in the mornings and so far happy with the results. Make sure you wear sunscreen when using!
  17. Great starter retinol

    I've been using this for around 2 months and its great. I am in my mid 20's so I wanted to implement a gentle retinol in my nightime routine to help prevent early signs of ageing. This is a great non-oily formula that I find sinks into my skin really nicely.
  18. enjoying this product

    am really enjoying using this product. my skin looks lovely!!
  19. Goodbye aging.

    THIS PRODUCT! amazing, leaves me flawless smooth even skin toned and goodbye fine lines and spots, legit a freckle I’ve had my whole life has almost disappeared because of this holy grail product.
  20. Love this product

    Hi have combination skin.. shiny forehead & the odd brake out & sometime dryness .. I’m always hesitant to put too much on my skin as I’m worried it will become congested however this product is light & my skin sucks it up instantly. I’m only a few weeks into using it (in the PM) in conjunction with “The Buffet” (in the AM) but have to say I’m loving it & my skin’s overall texture & appearance seems better!
  21. Skin reaction

    I reacted to this product so didn't get a chance to see if it worked for me.
  22. Non irritating and effective

    I have only been using this for a week as my nightly serum. I was too scared to use retinol for its irritating and peeling factor but this one is so gentle and great to use every night. I’d rather use something that works slowly, gently than something that’s too harsh like other retinol products. I thought my skin was already good but adding this to my routine was the best thing I ever did! Only a week and made my skin texture even better. I had so many compliments at work how smooth my skin is! It’s the only product that eliminates the stubborn little whiteheads and bumps around my mouth and chin, my under eye is so smooth, fine lines gone. And I couldn’t believe how fast this works! It’s my first TO product and will venture more on this brand. The price is unreal too!
  23. Not harsh like some retinoids

    This is a pretty good retinoid serum - I like that it isn't as harsh as many on the market so you can use it a bit more without worrying about what it will do to your skin (assuming you've got a tolerance already). I use it twice a week and it gives my skin subtle but definitely good results - the next morning my skin looks smoother and brighter but without any red or dry patches. Would recommend.
  24. Great intro retinol

    I tried this and the Retinol 0.5% in Squalene and loved both. Great intro retinol products which didn't irritate my normal/dry skin.
  25. Wonderful product!

    I tried this emulsion after seeing some Facebook adverts- I had bought The Ordinary's Buffet and was already hooked on the brand. This goes on smooth and I have definitely noticed a reduction in fine lines and congestion. I use it at night as it can make your skin more susceptible to the sun- I find it a great PM treatment. The liquid goes on smooth and sinks in fast, leaving only slight 'residue' but skin feels hydrated. A little goes a long way! I will definitely re-stock!
  26. Best introductory retinoid

    I purchased this because I read that it was a good, gentle introductory retinoid for new users. I do not have overly sensitive skin but this has not caused me any irritation at all. I have not experienced any issues with the sun either but I have been applying sunscreen religiously every day to my face which is a must with retinols (and, let's be honest, probably the most important skincare product for anyone regardless). The formula doesn't look or smell like anything special but that's not what The Ordinary is about anyways. It glides on nicely and sinks in quickly.

    Retinols are supposed to take several months for full effects to show so I'm not expecting too much difference right away, but my skin has been lovely and smooth since I started. After a month or two I plan to step up to a slightly stronger retinol and i'm not sure how I'll go with the squalane in place of this lovely emulsion.
  27. Great Product

    I have only been using this product for a week and can already see results. This is my first time using a retinol product and have had no skin sensitivity.
  28. Amazing results

    I'm in my 40's and I'm already noticing improvements in my skin after a week of using this cream. I just hope it keeps going! Very happy so far.
  29. Gentle and effective

    This is such a good retinol product. Really gentle, but over time it does seem to make a difference to my overall complexion. I found it to help with breakouts and evenness of my skintone.
  30. Smooth and Soft

    A great product and solution for those who are a bit intimidated by the harsher retinoids out there.
    I have combination skin prone to dermatitis from allergies and this is an effective and gentle product. Feels so nice and is not at all ‘oily’ feeling - it absorbs really well. Love it!
  31. A M A Z I N G

    I love, love, love this product. I had made the change from The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane to this and have not looked back. I'm 3 days in with no breakouts (usually this happens the same day if something does not agree with skin) and no dry cheeks. I apply after my cleanser and use from my forehead down to my décolletage. I wake up in the morning and my skin feels great. I highly recommend this if you have combo, easily irritated skin. It's a no fuss no frills product and I love it.
  32. Affordable cream

    I've only started to use this product so I haven't seen amazing results as yet, but I have noticed some smoothness in my aging skin and it's definitely helped with my rosacea. Hopefully these improvements will continue as I continue to use the cream. Affordable cream, which is awesome.
  33. Great for a start on Vit A for dry skin

    Loved this products as it was a first time using vitamin A for me. I have very dry, sun damaged skin. I use this every second night (low level Lactic acid every other night) and a Vit C in the mornings. Please be diligent in using a high SPF with these products! I also have to make sure I moisturise very very well both under this with water serums and on top with oil serums. But a great start and no reactions from me. I will move from here onto a slightly stronger Vit A. Really helping with my skin (I think smaller lines are much less, specifically from this product). Im noticing a huge improvement from using the whole range, including this product.
  34. Excellent value for money

    I love this product so much! I use it 3 nights a week and whenever I have breakouts it really calms my skin down. My face always feels amazing in the morning and I have quite sensitive skin!
  35. Absolutely amazing!

    Its just been a week since i used this product and i can already see the results coming! i wake up with the softest skin in the morning and my makeup literally glides on! I have sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all! highly recommended guys!
  36. No more Scrubs

    I love the ordinary products and this one really replaces my scrub. I find that congestion on my chin is gone after using the product and also my complexion just glows. You really have to use strong SPF protection after using this product though as your skin becomes sensitive to the sun afterwards.
  37. My favourite of The Ordinary products

    I begun using this after a friend suggested I switch from Vitamin C serums to Vitamin A, and not wanting to spend a lot while my skin adjusted, gave this product a shot. The results have been overwhelming. My skin now glows and my pores have minimised drastically. I have already repurchased this serum and have raved about it to anybody who will listen. Loved it.
  38. Makes my skin happy

    This product is a fundamental part of my skincare regime and I cannot believe the difference it has made to the health of my skin! When I combine it overnight with the vitamin c 23% from the Ordinary I wake up with plumped, glowy skin!
  39. Good quality ingredients, and it's working!

    I’m 53 and started using this as part of my daily regimen. I am so mpressed with The Ordinary range. I’m enjoying using this serum nightly before using moisturizer. It spreads very easily and I’m noticing a definite reduction in fine lines so I’m pretty happy about that!
  40. So glad I seem to have got this in time

    My skin is starting to age and this is my first introduction to a retinoid and it seems to have kept my slowly growing forehead wrinkles at bay. Will definitely buy again when it runs out
  41. Such a great affordable retinol product

    I'm using this every second night and my forehead lines are reducing noticeably. I was a nightly retinol user up until about a year ago when I pulled back after my dermatologist upped the % and my skin just couldn't adjust comfortably. Trying to go a lower dose and introduce other anti-ageing actives that are not as aggressive. In saying that, retinol is still essential for me and this product is perfect, I actually really like the texture and it doesn't feel drying, to the point where when it sinks in I don't feel like I need to follow with moisturiser (or I forget), and the next day everything is nice, glowy, and less fine lines.
  42. Brilliant and insanely well priced

    I think everyone can benefit from vitamin A in their skincare regime. For me, retinoids have brightened, de-congested, refined and smoothed my skin.
    The retinol serums from The Ordinary are seriously good. I've compared them to other products and they seem to out-perform serums that cost over $100 per bottle. I recommend this 2% serum from The Ordinary to everyone who wants to start with a retinoid serum, with a view to increasing up to The Ordinary Retinoid 5% serum after a couple of bottles. Highly recommended.
  43. So affordable! So effective.

    I love this serum, I cant believe its as affordable as it is! And I wish I could find something as good for day time use.
    This is the perfect blend for my skin. Moisturizing but not oily, hydrates my 37 year old face overnight. Sinks in & feels light.

    I was using *D overnight repair serum previously & although I love that product, *D is getting just too expensive.
    At that price you can afford to try it!
  44. Fantastic results!

    So I've tried lots of different retinol / vitamin A treatments over the years for my acne/rosacea/dermatitis affected skin. In the past this has been mostly doctor prescribed, or as part of extensive and expensive skincare treatment systems. Now that I am over 40 and have discovered The Ordinary retinoid 2% emulsion I'm pretty sure I'll be sticking with this brilliant product! As a test I started by using this on the back of my hands that were very dry and damaged by a persistent bout of dermatitis and steroid treatment. I saw an instant improvement with just a couple of drops at night followed by a nourishing oil. Within a few weeks my hands looked totally healed, and I'm very happy with the results. Adore Beauty has some really great guides to The Ordinary products which I read to select this as my best option. And don't forget to also use sunscreen as retinoid will increase your sun sensitivity, but you always use sunscreen anyway - right??
  45. Will definitely restock

    This is a great serum to introduce into any beauty routine. I have noticed a reduction in my fine lines and acne scarring. A really nice lightweight serum. Def recommend
  46. Fresh faced!!!

    I have been using Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% for just over a week and my face feels great and looks very fresh and smooth. I break my nightly routine into....ALA5% 2 nights and retinoid emolution 5 nights, and I am finding this method gives great results on my 70yo skin.
  47. Great alternative to an exfoliant

    I use this product instead of exfoliating and have seen a great improvement in my skin. I think I was over exfoliating beforehand but using this 3 times a week my skin feels very soft
  48. Got my skin glowing

    So happy with this, was the first active ingredient serum I started using and loved it. Skin really glowed and looks so clear. You've got to be careful with sun care though, my skin became more sensitive and prone to burning.
  49. Great product

    I've been using this for over a year. I use it every second night, letting it soak in a little before applying THE ORDINARY VITAMIN C SUSPENSION 30% IN SILICONE. There is a bit of residue in the morning on my face but doesn't make me break out. On the alternating nights use Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Will continue to use all 3 products as skin looks better than it did 5 or 10 years ago.
  50. Fantastic

    Since I've started using this, my acne has decreased and my skin texture is much more refined. I don't have as many pigmentation marks and I can really feel this product working to turn back time. Very good introduction to retinoids!
  51. It's a good entry level product for someone just starting with active products

    It's a great stepping stone. I love the 5% in squaline now :)
  52. Improved pigmentatuon and blackheads

    Since using this my blackheads have decreased. I use this every 2nd night and love it. My pigmentation has improved and my face looks generally clearer
  53. Use this

    Everyone quickly get onto your retinoids. Smooths out the skin, keeps your fine lines away. I love this product and the price is fab
  54. Didn’t love this product

    I didn’t love the product, the consistency wasn’t great, it was similar to a watery cream. It Didn’t leave my skin feeling any different. I wouldn’t buy it again.
  55. Does what it says

    Awesome product. Including for my sensitive skin. Reduces my breakouts and is slowly evening out my skin tone. Love being able to buy individual products from The Ordinary as my sensitive skin is usually reactive to at lease one ingredient in pre-made things.

    This didn't irritate my skin at all so I will be moving up to the stronger one next.
  56. 6 months in...

    My 16yo son's dry + acne proned facial skin used to be raw, inflamed and angry. Although he now takes prescribed Oratane his problematic skin still needed work.

    This Retinoid, alongside TO's Lactic acid 5% (the Salicylic acid 2% didn't work for him) has helped immensely with lesser breakouts, facial texture, and fading of blemishes that are left behind.

    The key to his now clearer, brighter, and manageable facial skin (alongside these products) would be persistence and consistency !!!

    So, watching my sons confidence grow these products get my vote !
  57. good value

    Smooth, creamy non-tacky serum, no irritation. Would still advise to use sparingly at first if your skin isn't used to retinol/retinoids. The price is the most attractive thing about this product because good retinoids can be expensive

    I can use this serum on sensitive areas like under the eyes, near the lips etc and it causes no flaking or redness . I have a prescription for Tretinoin but like to alternate with this serum to give my skin a break from the harshness of the medical-grade stuff. I would recommend if your skin is sensitive or you are just starting to use retinol
  58. Broke out - sensitive skin

    I bought this to help with anti aging. I have quite sensitive skin so was a little apprehensive about trying retinol/retinoid for the first time. Unfortunately, this made my face EXPLODE in pimples.

    My usually very sensitive skin did not flare up, it was mainly just the breakout.

    I will give it another few weeks to see if that calms down, but at the moment I won't be using this again.
  59. Great product

    I love this product, I noticed results almost immediately. I always wake up with more radiant skin after using this at night, and I often recommend this product to others. I definitely think that it helped clear up breakouts a lot faster too.
  60. Works well on my sensitive skin

    I have sensitive skin so I was a little hesitant about trying a product with 2% of retinol but after using the lower %s of retinol in the Ordinary range and not reacting to it, I decided to give it a go. The primary use of this product is for anti-aging and I have definitely noticed a reduction in the appearance of my fine lines on my forehead. I use this every second night. I also love how affordable it is.
  61. Works for me

    Has a lovely light texture and feels smooth on. I use it each night and my skin feels lovely and well hydrated in the mornings.
  62. great product

    This product has been great on my skin. I have been using it now for 3 months with no irritation because of the type of retinol salt. Its a great starter retinol and you can build up from there. I have been happy with the results thus far so I have repurchased it. It felt like it smoothed my skin following the very first night I used the product. Would highly recommend
  63. Leaves skin glowing and soft

    This product makes my skin feel very glowing and healthy.

    Using this for anti-aging purposes so it's hard to tell if the product is working but my skin definitely feels really smooth and healthy.
  64. Love this for wrinkle prevention

    This is just like a powerful retinol product only gentle! I absolutely love this for prevention of wrinkles and it’s definitely improved my fine lines. Highly recommend.
  65. Noticeable Difference

    Since using this product i have received so many compliments on my skin! For my combination, aging skin, it has worked to brighten my complexion, lighten pigmentation and give an overall freshness to my face!
  66. Another great product from The Ordinary

    Works very well on skin. Recommend this retinol product.
  67. Love it.

    I was a bit worried about this product with my sensitive skin but have had no issues with it. Effective product-starting to see a real reduction in fine lines.
  68. Great product - great brand!

    I love all of The Ordinary products I have tried, they are such great value and provide real results! This product is no different; I use this twice a week and my skin has never been better. Can’t recommend this product or any other from this brand highly enough.
  69. KIM K USES THIS ADD TO BAG

    Love love love! but use sparingly as it is a harsh product and always apply sunscreen when going outside as it does strip the skin.
  70. Love love love

    Literally cannot go without this product! Huge difference and I’ve only been using it for just over a month! My skin has never looked this good !!!!
  71. Can't Live Without It

    I've been using this for a couple of years now and I can't fault it. It took some adjusting when I first started it - my skin would break out but I was told to expect this for a couple of weeks. I haven't had any problems with it since.
  72. Good serum for anti aging

    I have quite sensitive skin so it took a while for me to get used to this. Only use at night and wear sunscreen the next day. This is quite a strong serum and I don’t use it daily. Definitely saw improvements in fine lines.
  73. Lovely product

    I find this product fantastic! Feels initially oily but settles into skin quickly and on waking my skin looks and feels really fresh. I don’t find it particularly hydrating, so a moisturizer over the top suits me. Cannot believe the price for quality.
  74. Perfect introduction to Retinoids

    Have been reading about the benefits of retinol for ages but had always been to scared to try it on my dry, sensitive and acne prone skin so I was so happy to discover this. I have been using irregularly for a few weeks with a few other new TO products so haven't noticed a particular difference due to this product but the texture is wonderful, and overall results have been great. I have been applying with a silicone make up sponge which I find really helps spread it out evenly and makes sure I don't use to much/get it all over my hands instead of my face.
  75. 18 months on...

    Unsure what bottle count i'm now on but my oily yet dehydrated skin adores this. My 45yo skin has become clearer and smoother over the past year and a half. A definite staple !
  76. Hydrating and non-irritating

    This is my first time trying a retinol product. Am pleased to say that this is a very beginner friendly product. Decided to try this to help with skin texture as well as get in early to help with preventing signs of skin aging. Whilst I haven't used it long enough yet (about 3 weeks) to see any huge differences, I can say that it feels very hydrating and lovely to apply and I always seems to have a good skin day the day after I apply it. I have not experienced any irritation at all from this product. Am excited to see the longer term benefits
  77. Huge fan of this

    I have dry, eczema-prone and extremely sensitive skin. The fact that I can use a mid-strength retinol on my face still amazes me! I love the ordinary's products, but it feels like this one is a cut above the rest. Keeps my face fresh, healthy, and sits great with other products. Can't recommend this more highly especially to beginners or sensitive skins!!
  78. Not for me

    I've tried about 3 different retinol products from different companies but this is my least favourite of the three however it is great for the price and doesn't have anything really wrong with it I just didn't really feel like it was more effective than others I had tried.
  79. Amazing

    I used one bottle, then bought three at once... I love this product so much and can’t believe the results for the price. Definitely recommend!
  80. Staple!

    I have a few products from The Ordinary but was putting off trying a Retinoid because I was worried it would be too harsh. I was pleased to find it's quite gentle and hydrating. I only use it at night because I'm conscious of the sensitivity to sunlight, so I alternate it with Niacimade in the morning. It'll definitely go into the rotation now before bed, followed with The Buffet and a good moisturiser.
  81. Great retinol product

    I have tried a few retinol products (that were much more expensive than this one) and I have to say this one works just as well! Will be repurchasing for sure. I love the Ordinary for their great value for money.
  82. Gentle

    This feels nice and gentle and has a nice smoothing/plumping effect on fine lines on my face (normal skin), I use it every other day, lasts for many weeks as only a little is needed, light and spreads well / evenly.
  83. Great product!

    I have tried several different retinol/retinoid products including all of the Ordinarys and this one is by far my favourite. It is gentle enough to use everyday but powerful enough to really improve skins texture, tone, imperfections, fine lines etc. I use this layered with oils and other serums & it works beautifully
  84. Obsessed

    The best skin product I’ve ever purchased! Helped so much with lines around my eyes and also prevents acne breakouts all in one.
  85. Gorgeous!!!

    I accidentally bought two and gave the extra to my mum and we both love it! It's rich and nourishing and doesn't irritate my or my mum's skin! My skin is young and her's mature but both dry and it's not breaking anyone out (mine is blemish prone).
  86. Instant noticeable difference

    Using this product revitalised my skin! It instantly made my skin exceptionally smoother, brighter, and reduced fine lines. I used it only as an exfoliant and managed to rub off a lot of dry skin before washing it off, consequently I experienced no irritation
  87. Fine lines are reduced

    I've got a few signs of premature ageing, especially on my forehead and around my mouth, and this has definitely helped. I've noticed a definite reduction in fine lines. I've used this for a while now and it has never irritated my skin, and layers well under moisturiser.
  88. Accidental discovery!

    I am one of those who suffers from the adult, hormonal, the worst kind of acne and has tried Every single product out there and had to keep going back to proactiv. I bought this for all together different purpose and not acne treatment. However, I noticed its effect on active pimple/acne after a night.
    Long story short, reviewing while purchasing the third bottle, replaced proactiv. It works! on active (pus/bacteria filled yuck!) pimples too. Doesn't burn like proactiv at all!! shrinks the pimple, kills the bacteria, but isn't too dry, non peeling.
    I also don't write reviews normally but after having suffered/ing for so long, and having tried almost everything, I got to write this as most of us are looking for less harsh, more natural alternative to acne treatment. Also something that works. Found it effective than Paula's Choice too. Using it as both spot treatment (better than Kate Somerville, Mario Badescu drying pink spot lotion).
    Skin type : Oily.
  89. Skin texture has improved

    I purchased this because so many people were making a big fuss over it. I'm glad I did though, as I've noticed a real difference in my skin texture. I'm only 29 so I have no visible signs of ageing, and I didn't purchase it for anti ageing, more for acne prevention, and just to help with my general skin condition. I do still get breakouts, but nothing to severe. I'm also hoping that with regular use it will help me to keep my skin look young for longer.
  90. Love it!

    I bought this product because my skin was looking dull and starting to sag a bit but this product has improved the elasticity completely. Would recommend.
  91. Really works

    I’m a first time user of anti-aging products and retinol. I started using this over a month ago with some other ordinary products. The first week there was some redness and dryness but after my skin adjusted there were no side effects. My skin looks better then ever and it really does reduce the appearance of fine lines giving a smooth appearance and tighter skin.! The texture is easy to apply and absorbs rather quickly. Really good for first time retinoid users! I’m thinking of upgrading to the 5% retinol for hopefully faster results. Can’t wait to see how my skin in the next few months. Great price and affordable
  92. Amazing!

    I started using this product just this year. I started with lower concentrations of retinol from The Ordinary range and worked my way up to this beauty. I was hesitant to use at first because I was always outdoors and I feared that my skin will be overly sensitive under the sun. It stung a bit for the first two weeks but now my skin have adjusted well. And because I am using retinoid, I am now also regularly using sunblock to protect my skin. The results are not instant. Just be patient. You will notice your pores getting smaller! Try it!
  93. GREAT

    Such a inexpensive and effective product for those looking for results. Will be repurchasing
  94. Cheap and effective!

    Love this product. Was paying more for a plastic tube of retinol serum from Skinstitute and wont go back to it. Got great results with this for treating acne break out recently. Its very similar to the Skinstitute Serum I was using in terms of colour, consistency and effect but cheaper and better packaging (less plastic and easier to apply!!) Love this stuff. Going to buy more of the range
  95. So far so good

    This product (along with others) was recommended to me in Chat on the Adore Beauty site as I was looking for anti-ageing products and had heard about The Ordinary. I have used this for just over a week and am enjoying how it makes my skin feel. I have an oily t-zone, prone to adult acne around my nose, mouth and chin. I had a large pimple on the side of my nose and it didn't eventuate. It just calmed right down and disappeared without breaking the skin. My skin feels smoother and the product is lovely to use. I find myself wanting to use it every night but I stick to the once-every-two-nights recommendation and always use sunscreen in the day.
  96. I can go makeup free for the first time in years!

    I have aging, oily skin with large visible pores and never go out without a full face of makeup. Until now. After using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion for a few weeks, my skin looks and feels fantastic. Smoother, more even toned, less visible pores and less lines. I’m so impressed by the improvement. Now all I need is sunscreen and a touch of colour on my lips and I’m good to go. I’ve had comments on how good my skin is looking, which has never happened before! I was afraid at first to use a retinoid, thinking that my skin would just go red as I’m sensitive to some products. No redness and no flaking. Just smoother, fresher skin. The price of this magical product is magical itself. I would expect to pay so much more for such an effective product. My advice is to stock up!
  97. Obsessed!

    So good at rejuvenating skin and getting rid of lines
  98. Great product

    good at minimising breakout, good texture, skin feels good
  99. Very Gentle, yet Effective!

    I am a big fan of this product. It is very gentle for my sensitive skin and really works a treat for my acne. I spot treat my acne and redness from old acne marks each second night and in the morning when I wake, there is a noticable difference! It is such a great product, that is a really affordable price! Very effective in reducing my acne!
  100. MAGIC SERUM

    I want to leave another review of this product because I’ve been using it for 6 weeks now and that’s about how long they say you need to wait to see significant results.
    I have (had) fair skin with lots of redness, lots of dry flakes, very bumpy, scarring and sun damage. My skin now is bright, little to no redness (only a little tiny bit around my nose/mouth), no red spots and my sun damage is getting kinda fuzzy as if it’s fading away and my skin is really smooth. I’ve been going out without makeup for the first time in my life. I can’t believe the results!! I’ve been sending before and after pics (which I take regularly) to my friends and family because I’m just so happy with the results so far! I use the serum every night (a whole dropper full) and I’m about half way through the bottle now after 6 weeks so I think the value for money is incredible as well. So 1 bottle will last about 12 weeks with daily use. I have t experienced any reaction to the serum but my skin has become more sensitive to salicylic acid as it stings when I used it and my face felt burned afterwards (I no longer use it but I don’t like or need it anyway). In saying that I’ve been using The Ordinary vitamin c cream every morning for almost a month and that has not caused any reaction or sensitivity and I think it has helped the retinoid to brighten my skin. I can’t recommend this product enough if you have any of the problems I mentioned. I wish I could upload my results photo!!!
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