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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane 30ml

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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane is a water-free solution that contains a 5% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.

  • Alcohol Free
  • Mineral Oil Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Artificial Fragrance Free
  • Sulphate Free

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  • 50+

Skin Concern:

  • First signs of ageing
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry

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4.5 of 153 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Wake up with brighter skin!

Nikki

Lovvvve this product. I put it on an hour before bed 3 times a week and when I wake up my skin is glowing. The smell is a little strong, so I find if I put it on straight before I get into bed it's a little too aromatic and distracts me from sleeping. An hour or two before you plan to sleep seems to do the trick though!

Most Helpful Criticism

Great retinol

Bre

This retinol is great for sensitive skin. I had no reaction what so ever. Leaves skin smoothe and glowy with noticeable difference
  1. Wake up with brighter skin!

    Nikki

    Lovvvve this product. I put it on an hour before bed 3 times a week and when I wake up my skin is glowing. The smell is a little strong, so I find if I put it on straight before I get into bed it's a little too aromatic and distracts me from sleeping. An hour or two before you plan to sleep seems to do the trick though!
  2. I wanted to love this, but turns out I hate squalane.

    Alexandra

    I've been using TO's Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% for a long time, and decided I wanted to up the ante a little to the 5%. However, the squalane base in this product is awful, and I don't even want to use it up elsewhere on my body, let alone on my face. It's very oily and never absorbs (I have normal skin), and gets all over my pillowcases and sheets. I'm giving it 2 stars because of the higher concentration of retinoid, but the base is a deal-breaker. Here's hoping they bring out a higher concentration emulsion as well.
  3. Great for sensitive skin and for a first step to Retin-A

    Katherine

    I'd get this product if you're new to using Retinols. It's fantastic for sensitive skin and doesn't cause the irritation you expect to get when getting started on the Vitamin As.

    It's not drying and it didn't cause any breakouts. It took a while for my skin to start to look smooth, so prepare to be patient and consistent with it, but it does work!
  4. Love it!

    Natalie

    I really enjoy this product, super cheap and is the second bottle I have purchased. The lines on my forehead are hardly visible and its a staple for my skin care routine. Need to protect face from the sun. I have purchased face sunscreen for extra protection however use hats and sunglasses when going outside :)
  5. Old faithful

    Be

    Onto my fifth bottle of this... I love how it feels, and definitely noticing smoother skin. Might step up to the retinal one next
  6. Great retinol

    Bre

    This retinol is great for sensitive skin. I had no reaction what so ever. Leaves skin smoothe and glowy with noticeable difference
  7. Great serum - definitely does what it says

    Lisa

    I was using this for a few weeks, gradually introducing it to my routine but then I stopped using it for a while accidentally and I really noticed a big difference to my skin texture and brightness when I wasn't adding retinol to my routine. So obviously, I use it religiously now!
  8. It works

    Sandra

    I use this at night before applying The Ordinary moisturizing factors + HA. Definitely has improved skin texture, reduced fine lines and skin looks moisturized in the morning.
  9. great product

    Tahlia

    I decided to upgrade to this after using the 2% for about a year. The stronger formula hasn't caused any issues with my skin, which is great! I'll happily keep using it!
  10. Reduced hormonal breakouts

    Alena

    I have dry skin prone to hormonal breakouts. I have been using this 2-3 times weekly for about 2 months now & suddenly this morning my skin felt amazingly smooth.
    It had a drying effect after the first 2 weeks, so I took a break for about a week and started again just once a week. Dramatic improvement in skin texture & minimized my hormonal breakouts.
    I haven’t really seen any improvement in the appearance of my dark spots, but given the current results I’m pretty sure I’ll start to see some improvement there too.
  11. Good for fine lines

    Marie

    The strength of this product is less than prescription retinoids which has pros and cons. On the plus side, I have found it easy to use with no irritation or side effects. After three months I have noticed a visible reduction in fine lines. On the down side, it is a less potent formulation, so for more dramatic results you might prefer prescription strength formula. I use it three nights a week after cleansing, and always use SPF moisturiser during the day.
  12. really good for my acne

    bayden

    Has really helped exfoliate my skin and help with my acne
  13. So far, I like it!

    Courtney

    I have acne prone, dry skin that can be quite sensitive. Despite that I skipped the middle man and went straight to the strongest concentration of Retinoid. I had no irritation at all, I started using it every other night, but easily progressed to nightly use with no issues. I think it's improved my skin clarity and brightness a bit. You really only need a few drops of this at most and I find patting the best method. Probably would prefer the emulsion over the squalane, so might change after this bottle.
  14. Obsessed!

    Sienna

    omg this really works without making the skin feel oily. I'm completely obsessed with The Ordinary range because it works without a crazy price tag. I'm 40 but feel I look pretty good wrinkles wise and this has only boulstered that confidence
  15. Great product, noticeable reults!

    Jade

    I have combination skin, and now in my mid 40's have noticed more fine lines appearing around my eyes and mouth. I've been using the product for a month now and the results speak for themselves. Once a day, in combination with a vitamin c serum and moisturiser, this product has visibly diminished the lines on my face, I've had compliments! Would highly recommend this product, but do start slow, perhaps once every 2 or 3 days depending on your skin sensitivity.. work your way up to daily if needs be, but definitely try it.
  16. Nice product

    Tala

    I’ve only been using this for a few weeks. Initially it made my skin break out a little but I was using too much at once. It’s oily and you only need a few drops to cover face neck & décolletage. It doesn’t sting or cause redness like many retinol/vitamin A products I’ve used before. Keen to see how my skin looks after a few months of use. Honestly for the price...you can’t go wrong with The Ordinary.
  17. Great product

    Danielle

    I have recently purchased this product after previously using the 2%. I decided that my 38 year old skin needed a little more help. So far so good my sensitive skin has had no issues. It has definitely softened my skin and reduced fine lines very happy with the results
  18. Not for acne prone skin type

    BonBons

    Unfortunately, this product caused a breakout on my forehead & nose. I have sensitive acne prone skin with redness on my cheeks and nose. I have been doing pretty well with the mixture of treatments my dermatologist gave me & I thought I'd give this a try since it had great reviews. Sad to say, it broke me out within 2 days of using this product & this was the only change I added to my skincare routine. I have multiple tiny little bumps on my forehead & a huge cystic pimple on my cheek now :(

    The consistency of the product is nice, not too viscous, but a little tacky after application.
  19. it is mild retinoid for sensitive skin.

    Helena

    This is much milder texture. It spreads very well. I apply this only at night after toner. It doesn't peel like retinol 1% but I noticed the skin tone on face is much brighter and smoother. I am happy with the purchase.
  20. Amazing product - skin looks so fresh!

    Ed

    I use this product 2 to 3 times a week at night. My skin always look fresh and glowing the next morning. It is super affordable and I am a big fan of The Ordinary brand.
  21. Went to hard to fast

    Jade

    I have pretty sensitive skin, or so i have learned. I started an ordinary routine while my skin was really good and enjoyed it but noticed that my nose area seemed to have developed a repulsion for makeup. Anyway i decided to move up to the 5% and i wouldn't recommend this for those with younger sensitive skin. I'm 23 and this serum actually made me develop full blown contact dermatits around my mouth which i've never had and was a hard lesson in retinoids strength.

    I do really like the ordinary skincare though and have stepped back to the 2% in squalene every third night with better results.

    im sure this would work for others though.
  22. Great

    Alice

    This is an amazing retinoid that has helped with my fine lines and it plumps my skin and makes it look amazing
  23. Great price and effectiveness

    Jessica

    I’ve been really happy with my skin since using the ordinary products. I’ve noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin since using this at nighttime. Love that its effective without breaking the bank.
  24. Really Good Product for a Great Price

    Chantelle

    1 of the strongest retenoids on the market, at an amazing price. I would highly recommend this to anyone trying to get on top of ageing skin. It brightens and tightens just like it's meant to. But don't use too much, it is quite strong, and you will need a good sunscreen for the days after using this, and a nice night hydrating cream after using this.
  25. Good results so far!

    Nicola

    I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now and so far impressed with the results. Initially my skin was a little redder and more uneven but had read this in other reviews and so persevered. I have now noticed my skin is much brighter and more even and it is making a difference on fine lines. Will try the stronger version next time :)
  26. Unsure about this!

    Esther

    One thing i love about most of the ordinary is the instant fresh, plump feeling you get after using the serums and moisturiser. I don't really get that from using the Retinoid but i hear/ read so many things about it i keep using it!

  27. Super hydrating

    Michelle

    Hydrates my skin really well, I have been using it for a little while now and notice that it does seem to even out my complexion however I haven't really noticed any improvement with fine lines
  28. my skin feels so dewy after it

    Megan

    I think I need to use it longer to notice any of the real effects ie: help with pigmentation and fine lines but I do love how it makes my skin feel. After applying my skin feels so dewy and hydrated. I would buy it again just for the way it makes my skin feel after.
  29. LOVE IT

    Pauline

    Really happy with this product. I have fair sensitive skin and this does not cause any irritation whatsoever, but I do keep it away from my eyes, just incase.
  30. Cannot live without this.

    Helena

    This product has transformed my skin care routine. Whilst in the early stages I didn't notice much difference (in fact I noticed my skin would look dull in the first couple of weeks) I am so so so glad I stuck it through because after a solid couple months of use this product has done wonders to my skin and has changed it immensely. My pores are a lot smaller, my face definitely does not need botox for the foreseeable future and my acne is kept at bay. I'm in my mid-20s and once I started notice minor wrinkles forming I took the plunge and gave this a go. I am definitely glad I did! Will definitely be using this for a loooong time.
  31. Really good

    1976

    I have sensitive skin and found this product to be gentle when using on a daily basis as part of my pm routine
  32. Makes my skin soft and smooth

    L J

    Started off using the 2% with some good results on reducing pores and smoothing out my 38 year old skin - lines on my forehead are a lot less deep. But moved on to this one next and love it! It goes on better than the 2% and soaks in without any irritation or redness even when applied directly to fresh washed face and I don’t add a moisturiser afterwards. Love it!!
  33. Blackheads

    Sarah

    Do not use this if you have oily acne/blackhead prone skin. I tried this for 3 days and my face was overtaken with greasy black heads everywhere, i have never had them so bad. I stopped using it and a few days later with the salicylic acid and a lots of pore strips they have cleared up. I really wanted this product to work for me but im really disappointed.
    It would be great if they made this product in an oil free formulation for people like myself.
  34. Love

    Isobel

    I love the ordinary. This makes my skin more even, smooth, toned, and soft! An amazing product for the price and lasted a fair while considering the size of the bottle!
  35. Love this product!

    Lucy

    I originally bought this product after reading about the benefits it has on anti ageing. I have combination skin and suffered with dark pores on my nose, chin and forehead, after about a week of using this product they have virtually disappeared. My skin feels soft, supple and hydrated. Very much recommend, especially for its affordable price.
  36. Good Value

    Julia

    A good value oil to use at night. I use in combination with the Ordinary Rosehip oil, and they work well together to make my skin soft. Wouldn't recommend to use too much though as it can make you break out
  37. Great

    Y

    Excellent Quality excellent value
    I’ve been using The Ordinary products for approx 8 months now - how brilliant they are! Their Granactive Retinoid 5% in squaline is gentle and easy to apply - my pores have diminished - and I think my wrinkles aren’t quite so pronounced! Very pleased so far .
  38. Good

    GEORGIA

    Although it hasn't altered my skin dramatically, after using at night, this product leaves my face feeling and looking smooth the next day. I've had no flare ups despite having very sensitive skin.

    It does however make your skin more sensitive to the sun - so wear a good SPF after using!
  39. Moisturising and gentle

    Camilla

    I have very sensitive skin and this is very gentle for me. It has a bit of an oily feel so is definitely a nighttime product, but it absorbs well during the night and my skin feels supple and hydrated in the morning rather than being dryed out like some other products.

    I have been using at night before also applying The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and they seem to be improving my acne and skin texture, though I need more time to see if they will clear my skin completely.
  40. Non-irritating Retnioid.

    Sarah

    I have been using this product for a couple of weeks now. I have fair, sensitive skin and normally have trouble with Retinol derivatives. However, I have experienced no irritation with this product. It is working really well- I recommend, as long as you are diligent with moisturiser and SPF.
  41. A good product

    Takiroa

    I love this retinoid. It does feel oily but I now actually like the feeling before bed. Still too early to see all the benefits but so far loving it and putting it on every second night.
  42. Nice but quite oily

    Genevieve

    After using the ordinary retinol emulsion I thought I would switch to this one for a try. It’s good but I don’t love it quite as much - I prefer the texture of the emulsion rather than the oily squalene - usually a fan of face oils but this one just feels like it’s not sinking into my skin and ends up on the pillow! Still a great product but i’ll Probably go back to the emulsion.
  43. A miracle product for the price!

    Shelby

    I was quite nervous about using retinoid products as my skin has a tendency to be quite sensitive, however I haven't had any issues at all with this product! At half the price or less than products of a similar strength, it is just crazy how effective this is. My skin is left looking clear and glowing, and the formula works well with my other night skincare products. I would recommend this to anyone!! The only slightly strange element is the neon yellow colour (reminiscent of a highlighter) however it is not noticeable once applied to the face. I will repurchase this again and again.
  44. Definitely not as nice as the 2%

    Christie

    After using both the 2% and 5% retinoids, I can honestly say this one pales in comparison. I much prefer the milky consistency and smell of the 2% and I feel it also agrees with my skin more and makes my complexion so smooth and glowing.
  45. Cant fault it

    Abbey

    At less then half the price of other retinol products on the market im impressed.
  46. Strong but effective

    Katerina

    I used to use 2% but after finishing that bottle i moved up to the 5% i have acne on my chin and it works really great for that. I don't have wrinkles but i am trying to prevent for as long as i can ;)
  47. Fab product!

    Cheyenne

    I started with the 2% and recently moved up to this one and no negative reaction from my sensitive skin. Very happy as my skin is much brighter and smoother. This almost has a lovely oily texture which is great under serums and night cream
  48. A Keeper

    V

    I like this product, my skin feels and looks healthy and soft the morning after application. I use it after using my roller and my skin look glowy for days afterwards. I would recommend
  49. Works really good

    @makeupbyneesha_x

    I was worried that when i stated using a retinoid my skin would react because my skin can be very sensitive. Luckily I haven't had any irritation at all, so happy! Plus my skin looks extremely radiant the next morning after use!
  50. great product

    Melanie

    I have combination skin and was using the 2% retinol emulsion prior to this. Using it every second night alternating with vitmain C I have seen some improvement, most noticeable is the reduced pore size on my nose and skin looking fresher and brighter. I haven't had any reaction to this so I am moving on to a stronger formulation.
    I don't like the greasy feel and the way it sits on the skin, I wonder how much is rubbing off on my pillow case at night.
  51. Good product

    Mf945

    I have normal to dehydrated skin, and this product occasionally takes a while to sink in, but it has definitely improved my skin texture. I haven't reacted at all, and use it nightly.
  52. Favourite product

    Georgia

    Soooo great. Visible difference to my skin the next day - skins glows. If I don’t use it, I notice the difference in the overall healthiness of my skin
  53. Love

    Christine

    Decided to give this a go after reading about the high potency and low irritation- have been 3-4 nights a week. I like to alternate my Ordinary products, I really like the soothing oil-based texture and am excited to see the results develop. As with all The Ordinary products a fabulous product at a great price.
  54. Unsure

    Emma

    An adore beauty staff recommended this for me. It feels nice on my skin and doesn’t irritate but I am unsure what it’s supposed to do and when I use it and with what products! The skincare regimen is seriously confusing sometimes haha. This is nice though, no reaction to it and I did wake up with glowy skin the morning after using it
  55. Make better of my skin

    Aw

    I use this product in the nights and it is definitely improving and brightening my skin
  56. The perfect retinoid

    Rebecca

    I have had no dryness, redness or soreness. No discomfort at all. This product really is the future of retinol. My oily acne skin is better with every use
  57. Value adder!

    Rachel

    This is a potent skincare serum that i've added into my night routine. Being in my late twenties my focus is on anti-aging and maintaining good skin texture. I love the formulation as it is velvety and absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I use it after my Estee Lauder advanced night repair serum and before my moisturiser. I have noticed my skin become more even toned and healthy looking after 2 nights use! There has been no irritation whatsoever for me.
  58. Good beginner retinoid with minimal irritation

    Maggie

    This is the first retinoid I have ever used and I had very minimal skin drying and peeling that lasted only a couple of days. My skin is quite oily and not at all sensitive so that may be why. I feel like this has made a difference in the fine lines on my forehead and the overall softness of my skin.

    I would have given this 5 stars, but I feel like The Ordinary 1% Retinol is stronger.
  59. Perfect

    Michele

    Usually, retinoids are too strong and caused more damage than good however this is creme is perfect for my skin (normal to dry). I use it every night and have noticed my skin is soft and clear. Definitely a keeper in my skin regime. Thanks, Ordinary - your products are fantastic.
  60. It's helping my skin texture!

    Jasmine

    I'm so happy I decided to repurchase in the 5% strength. I tried this a couple years ago in the 2%.and although it made my skin look clearer, it just wasn't enough.

    I've been using this for 2 months now and it has dramatically helped with redness on my cheeks, my skin is glowing and it's really reducing my uneven texture.

    Im using it every second night before bed and I didnt notice any noticeable purging issues at the beginning. It took a few weeks to notice any improvement but totally worth to keep going.

    I will absolutely keep using this till the day I die!
  61. impressive

    mel

    have normal to dry skin and found that this product worked quite well for me. It has an oily texture however doesn't exactly feel hydrating (compared to the Ordinary's regular 100% squalane) and takes a little while to absorb fully into the skin. If you don't mind this, the results are great! It especially helped with smoothing out skin tone and texture.
  62. Great results long term

    Gigi

    I have been using this retinol product for 6+ months now. I could see the difference in the overall texture and firmness of my skin after the first few uses, but after using for a while now I can see amazing results. The routine use has reduced pore size and fine lines. I would definitely recommend this product, for the price this is a great retinol choice. I use it in conjunction with rosehip oil twice a week.
  63. Good beginner Retinoid

    Amy

    Well priced starting point for vitamin A / retinoid novices like myself!
  64. Perfect retinoid!

    Sophie

    I’m in love with this retanoid serum. Super gentle on the skin but incredibly effective. I can’t believe how good it is for the price! Sinks right into the skin and when I use it I wake up with glowy, hydrated skin.
  65. Good result, just not right for my oily skin

    JUS

    The retinoid action is visible and I stuck with the bottle to see if my skin would have just to it but it didn't so while it has good results on my skin it was just too early for my skin type and created other issues I have found that the retinoid emotion is much more suited to my skin
  66. Good product

    cass

    I like this product. Well priced, absorbs nicely. I'd get again
  67. Perfect!

    Nicoletta

    This is a dream product for my dry, sensitive skin. I’ve seen a reduction in fine lines and early signs of ageing after a few weeks of use, and it hasn’t irritated my skin or broken me out and my skin has stayed lovely and hydrated.
  68. Converted

    Lisa

    I was worried this would be too strong, but I have had great results with no irritation. Great Product
  69. It’s been a slow journey

    Tara

    I have dry sensitive skin. As such it’s take me several months to fit this in my skin regime. I hadn’t used retinoids before, but had decided to start with the 5%. If you have sensitive skin I highly recommend you start with the 2% first. I’ve had to add it in slowly, less frequently and in conjunction with lactic acid on alternate days. That way my skin wasn’t getting too dry and am giving my skin as much time as it needs to adjust.
    I’m only 26, with no visible wrinkles as yet so I can’t speak whether it works, but I bought it for preventative reasons and so far so good.
  70. Great

    Bella

    This is my 2nd bottle and I plan to buy more. My skin is better since I started using it. My skin has improve, fine lines are softer and I have less break outs. I definitely recommend. Great price.
  71. Good for your first retinol

    brooke

    this product is a no frills retinol. It’s cheap, goes on well, doesn’t irritate my skin. I’ve been using for over a month now, haven’t seen any major changes in my skin however I’m increasing the times I use it weekly now that my skin is used to it. Next time I purchase a retinol I will be trying a higher quality one so I can compare the differences
  72. Amazing product

    Crystal

    This was one of the first product from the ordinary I tried first in a lower % and worked up , I was so surprised from the results given the price . My face is so much smoother and has a glow in the mornings . When applying it makes your skin feel amazing it's my new holy grail
  73. Slowly worked my way to the 5%. Incredible results!

    Jo

    I've slowly worked my way to the 5% and the results have been incredible! My skin has stopped breaking out and feels so much smoother. I highly recommend this one.
  74. Better Off Using Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

    Laura

    really disappointed in this. i had high expectations as i love the ordinary. i didnt notice any difference, and it wasnt easily absorbed into my skin.
    if you're looking to even skin texture and get rid of blemishes, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is half the price and works twice as well
  75. Great product for tiny price

    Jillian

    I thought I'd give The Ordinary brand a go and I have not been disappointed. This is an amazing product and sooo cheap. I apply it sparingly as too much can feel a bit oily but I have noticed good improvement in my skin even in such a short time period. Will definitely be trying more The Ordinary products.
  76. Glowing skin

    Leigh

    I bought this to help reduce pigment/dark spots from acne and its really made a difference. Although this product is oily it doesn't block my pores or cause break outs. My skin is really dewy and glows the morning after I apply this!
  77. Works well

    Sandra

    I bought this as a “step up” after using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% 30ml which I loved. It is quite oily but I’m happy to use it as it is a good quality retinol that is so economical. I use this a couple of times a week at night. I’ve had no reaction to the increased concentration.
  78. Such a great retinoid

    M

    I was worried that when i stated using a high strength retinoid my skin would react as it is quite sensitive, but i have had no irritation at all, so happy to have found this product.
  79. Amazing

    Jess

    This stuff is amazing for my skin! I have not had one bad skin day since I started using it! I wake up with the glowest dewy skin every morning after using this. It lasts such a long time aswell! I just re purchased my second bottle! :)
    After going without it for two weeks ive noticed such a difference in my skin it’s already not as glowy or soft and make up just doesn’t look as good without it.
    Started straight on the 5% wasn’t harsh on my face at all.
    I have oily skin and even though it is a very oily product in no way does it make me break out or feel cloggy. I highly recommend!!!!!!
  80. Love it

    Leyla

    I was worried this would be too strong, but I have had great results with no irritation. Great Product
  81. Great product and great value

    Katie

    Don’t be fooled by the price this product is a great price and my skin looks great
  82. Aggressive retinoid

    Brooklyn

    This is my 3rd retionoid product that I’ve tried and it’s definiteltly the most aggressive. I was using this to fade acne/dark spots and even out skin tone. Even with transitioning only twice a week, then 3 times a week. My skin is so irritated and dry in some spots and white heads and blind pimples in others. It’s also really irritated my neck. I’m unsure how to feel about it. I will definitely be going back to a more gentle form.
  83. Love this product

    Helen

    I started using the 2 percent solution which worked really well to reduce fine lines and smooth my skin. This product has been even better in working on fine lines around my lips and eyes. Really wish I had started using it years ago!
  84. Great value Retinol

    Maree

    I have fairly dry skin so I don't mind the oily texture of this retinol serum.
    Previously used the 2% in this range which my skin tolerated well so now advanced to the 5% to achieve better results, now I'm 48 I need a higher strength retinol!

    No adverse reactions and works well, I use the Buffet prior to this serum a few nights a week, I like to include the Apha H Liquid Gold in my routine and I use that a couple of nights a week in between Retinol.
  85. Too oily for me but still works great!

    Belinda

    I’m 28 with sensitive, oily skin. I started using this after moving on from the 2% retinol but unfortunatly I find this product way too oily! However after using it for a few weeks I decided to use this at the very last step of my routine, directly on top of my moisturiser and I find it works much better and doesn’t leave my face an oil slick overnight.

    The product still works effectively, my blackheads have seem to be reduced and my skin texture very smooth. I have super sensitive skin yet I did not experience any irritation whatsoever. I have no visible lines or wrinkles just yet so can’t say how effective it is against that.

    Wish it wasn’t oil based, but I’ve managed to work around it now and I love the product. Make sure not to get it in your eyes though because it stings like crazy!
  86. Love how soft it makes my skin

    Isabella

    I love this product! It makes my skin feel extremely soft and keeps my skin more hydrated than night creams.
  87. Great product

    JUyong

    I was happy with the old version of The Ordinart retinoid product, so tried out this one as well. I preferred the older version, as this version in squalane is a bit too oily for my t-zone especially in summer months.
    But I still think it’s great retinoid product at such a reasonable price!
  88. Excellent

    Nicola

    This product lives up to it's statements, it's worked for me as clearer smoother skin. The only draw back that I find is that it is very heavy on the skin, after applying it I find no more room for any other product.
  89. Excellent product

    Lucinda

    I’m 45 with freckles so I’m using this in the hope it evens my skin tone and reduces lines. I’m also using this with The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, Buffet (mixed with 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder every 2nd day), Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (morning routine). For night I use Marine Hyaluronics, Buffet and alternate between The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane replacing these once a week with Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane. With this routine, I’ve most definitely seen a huge difference in my skin. It’s hydrated, brighter and more evened toned. This is only after 2 months. For the price of these products, I’m amazed! My only suggestion for The Ordinary is to have more comprehensive guides as to what products to use together and simpler product names. It’s really hard to navigate all of their products and a lot of the names sound similar. That’s why I posted this routine as I find it works for me.
  90. Love it!!! Favourite product

    Sharon

    I started with the 2% but wish I'd just gone straight to this one. It's a great retnoid and I'll definitely be repurchasing! My skins texture is improving, pigmentation, blackheads and wrinkles! I pretty much don't use as many other ordinary products as what I use to because this hits all my problem areas in 1 product! Try it!
  91. Great to ease into retinoids

    Tara

    I have dry sensitive skin so I didn’t want to jump into Retinols straight away. Instead I went for this option which is supposed to be less irritating. Given that it’s also in Squalane I thought it would be great for my skin. Fast forward 6 weeks and it’s been a bumpy road. I love it, but my skin is still adjusting to it. I still get dry patches after using it, luckily I counter this with TO’s lactic acid. If I could go back though I probably should have started with the 2% and worked my way up.
  92. Great!

    Charlotte

    Awesome retinoid! Price is amazing for what you get! Skin peeled a little and felt right after day 3 so slowed by application down to every third day till my skin settled then back up to every night! Have seen definite improvement in my overall skin
  93. Give it time

    Amy

    I started using this after finishing my bottle of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2%. This product is very different and stronger - so expect an adjustment period for your skin. I had a really intense breakout as my skin adjusted but now I can see the results of having a stronger retinol. Skin is clearer, brighter and more supple.
  94. Good for the price

    Ros

    I prefer the 2% emulsion I think after using this one in Squalene. This one would be better suited to dry skin and mine is more normal. I will keep using it as happy with the results and the price is great.
  95. Great!

    Di

    I love The Ordinary products - this is no exception! I love the brightening effect this product has on my skin. I would say that the Ordinary Retinoid emulsion is my preference - but both are good for my combination skin.
  96. Great!

    Zel

    I use this at night on my dry and pigmented skin and it certainly helps.. I wake up with fresh, plump and clearer skin
  97. Great

    Bella

    Great product. Is easy to use. Great price. My skin looks better. I would recommend.
  98. No adverse reactions, price point is exceptional, replaced a more expensive product

    Colleen

    I am 50-ish, and worried about pigmentation. My skin has gotten a bit drier over the years as well. I tried the 2% with no adverse effects, but I am also wanting more of a visible effect. But regardless of whether or not I will have a visible effect, I found I can use this at night- replacing a more expensive face oil, that is hard to source in AU. Personally I didn't find the project too oily or oilier than any other product I have tried and there is no visible evidence on my pillow case so I believe my skin is taking in the product. I wish there was a long time user review...I do feel better mentally-and at this price that is a definite win.
  99. great product

    Brooke

    really easy to apply on the skin and simple to incorporate into skincare routine. I've been using for a year now and my face looks fresher.
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