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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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Skin Concern:

  • First signs of ageing
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry

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4.5 of 202 reviews

92% recommend this product

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But thick


It’s ok but because I have oily skin it felt quite thick and uncomfortable on my skin, like a lathered oil on my face
  1. Great product


    This has done wonders for my skin and it’s so cheap too. My acne has been going down day by day, my face looks brighter and clearer. Really love it
  2. Really good for mature skin


    I have used two bottles of this retinoid serum. It is perfect for mature and dry skin. With squalene, it provides good moisturising benefits and keep my skin really soft. I have less fine lines under my eyes. Love it!
  3. Great!


    verified purchaser
    I love all The ordinary serums and lotions
  4. Have added this to my daily routine!


    Great, I use this every night now and it’s helped my acne and just generally makes my skin look better in the morning.
  5. Good product


    This product is good but i find it's not enough for me, I just don't see any results from using it. It's quite oily in texture also which I don't love.
  6. Best product around!


    A superb entry level to retinols for skin. It doesn't aggravate the skin and is a fab way to build up usage to being a regular part of your skin care regime. I bought it for the early signs of ageing and really love this product.
  7. Radiant skin


    I love the feel of my skin in the mornings after I have used this product the night before. My skin is happy and glowing. I have experienced no irritation and love this product as a part of my skincare regime.
  8. Awesome product


    Great product. Feels lovely to put on. Just don't use too much. Awesome for the price as part of my skin care regime!


    Bright and glowing skin as a result from using this.
  10. amazing product


    used this and noticed results straight away! highly recommend
  11. Great price great results


    I bought this for myself, as it said this was less harsh than their retinol. But my mum actually stole it! She has had no reaction and says her lines are looking less noticeable. Also for the price its amazing and am going to get myself another one
  12. instant results the morning after


    i notice results of this product the morning after my skin feels so nice and smooth.
  13. great product!


    have just purchased my second bottle of this product and my skin is loving it! i use it nightly and i love the way it makes my skin feel on application & how it looks when i wake up! very glowy!
  14. But thick


    It’s ok but because I have oily skin it felt quite thick and uncomfortable on my skin, like a lathered oil on my face
  15. OK


    This is probably OK if you have sensitive skin but for me the retinol works much better
  16. Fine lines be gone.


    I was a bit wary of this stripping my skin and not working but no problems at all at starting to see those fine lines gone
  17. Smells like Bunnings but 5/5


    Picked this up a couple weeks back during a sale and have been using ever since.
    Didn’t get any of the peeling/irritation that some people seem to experience. I have a very minimal skincare routine, just the basic Sukin facial moisturiser which goes on well over this oil, no pilling of any sort.
    Has given me a couple of pimples but my skin is glowing and honestly they look kinda cute,...
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  18. Ageing be gone


    Great product to use for those who want to tackle the signs of ageing.... I have been using this product nightly every 3 days for a while now and have seen improvements.
  19. Retinol retinol retinol!


    I have heard about the effects of retinol but only realised them once i tried this product! It has helped with pigmentation and dark spots under my eye. I haven't noticed any photosensitivity while using it but it is a bit watery to apply.
  20. It worked!


    It really worked for me. After solving my acne issue, I was still left with a lot of annoying pigmentation marks/scars which would not go away even after months and months. Using Granactive retinoid 5% improved my skins appearance significantly within a few weeks and after finishing the first bottle I can say the marks have all but disappeared!

    I should add that this was my first fora...
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  21. Great


    This not only helps my skin turnover but also keeps my skin moisturised
  22. Wonderful


    Fabulous! What else could I say ! Definitely recommend.
  23. Value for money


    I use this after my water soluble serums at night and I have noticed a slight change in my forehead smoothing out. I am in my mid twenties with not many wrinkles, but I did notice very fine lines look slightly smoother after consistent application.

    I use this half an hour before bed to ensure it absorbs before sleep. And make sure you wear sunscreen the next day!! Actual sunscreen no...
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  24. worth a try


    i am new to adding retinol in serum form so this is the perfect price point for a test & the ordinary has an awesome range. this one has a slight odd smell but nothing to worry about. it is on the thicker side so don't over do it. 3 SMALL drops max goes a very long way. i am not 100% sure if it has or is working. i am using it for a couple of week snow so maybe too soon to tell, leaves ur face ver...
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  25. A good start


    I have been using this retinoid in my evening skin routine every night and I have found it nourishing and gentle unlike some retinoid products. It has helped my overall complexion. I am looking forward to seeing what continued use will do.
  26. Nourishing


    Gentle, nourishing, my skin feels hydrated and soft in the morning. A little goes a long way.
  27. A great step up from the 2%


    I had been on the retinoid 2% for about a year and was starting to see the benefits slowing down, so thought it was a good time to step up to 5% once I finished my bottle.

    Straight away I noticed a huge difference and my skin was glowing with all the benefits of a retinol again.

    I found the squalane solution a lot nicer to apply, it is silky smooth with an oil-like consi...
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  28. Gentle and non-irritating


    I had been using the Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%, but was attracted to the higher percentage of retinoid in this, and intrigued by the Squalane. I get the occasional pimple and some little patches of perioral dermatitis, so figured the additional anti-inflam and other anti aging benefits would be a plus. So far so good! Skin seems to like it in combination with the usual Buffet and ASAP B seru...
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  29. Oily retinol


    I have been using this for a month or so now and I am not sure how I feel about it. I have used a few retinol products previously that I feel like had better results. It’s a very oily product and it seems to take almost an hour to sink into my skin which is quite dry and normally soaks up serums quickly. It is lasting well though so I will keep using it to the end of the bottle. It does seem to ha...
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  30. Good but drying


    I bought this after a recommendation from a friend and I do find this helpful and does help to reduce lines, but it dried my skin (particularly my nose), so I avoid those areas.
  31. quite good!


    I was scared that id feel really oily using this, but surprisingly it does soak into your skin after a little while. you wake up really plump and glowy and I love it. seems like it may breakout some people though
  32. Great


    This is super gentle and moisturising and does not irritate my skin. Second buy
  33. holy grail


    This stuff is amazing! only been using for 2 weeks but can already see a difference. I was able to ramp up to using this nightly almost immediately as it has given me no irritation. Always makes me wake up feeling super hydrated and glowy. If it works in the long run similarly to retinol then that will be an added bonus.
  34. Potent yet Gentle & Affordable


    I haven't had any adverse reactions to using the Grenactive Retinoid and am really impressed with its effectiveness. Such an affordable product!
  35. Great product, great price


    Like most people I heard about this when it got publicity as a cult beauty product. I couldn’t believe the price! Like a few people it did take my skin a couple of weeks to get used to it (no severe reaction, just a bit of dryness and discolouration but it went away- stick with it!)
    Great, affordable product that has great results! My skin is looking and feeling better after 5ish months use....
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  36. Great product, great price


    Like most people I heard about this when it got publicity as a cult beauty product. I couldn’t believe the price! Like a few people it did take my skin a couple of weeks to get used to it (no severe reaction, just a bit of dryness and discolouration but it went away- stick with it!)
    Great, affordable product that has great results! My skin is looking and feeling better after 5ish months use....
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  37. Good product


    I like the ordinary products because they are not overpriced. I use the retinoid daily at night time. It is gentle. No irritation. Not sure if it is as effective as other brands but I will continue to use as it is relatively inexpensive.
  38. Not the holy grail..


    This product has been a bit disappointing overall, though I love so many of The Ordinary formulations. Previously I’ve tried the milky Granactive 2% with ok results and also have used prescription retinoids without irritation, and was hoping this one would really take things up a notch or two. My skin is dry, mature, no breakouts but has fine lines and some deeper wrinkles- after using this produc...
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  39. incredible


    Helped reduce the appearance of my large pores, will definitely continue to use!
  40. Can’t get over the price


    I can’t get over how cheap this is! It definitely doesn’t feel or act cheap. I use this in the evening before bed on top of The Ordinary buffet. I’ve got normal-oily skin, I’ve had no irritation from this product and it’s not harsh on the skin. Definitely recommend!
  41. Liked it...didn’t love it


    I’ve used a full bottle of this & I’ve definitely seen results. My skin is smoother & the fine lines are diminishing. This was my first try with retinol, I didn’t experience any irritation but I did get some mild peeling above my top lip & on my forehead while my skin adjusted. I think I’ll step it up & give the straight 1% retinol a go next though, just to see if I get a better outcome. I’m not a...
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  42. No irritation, good value


    FIne on sensitive skin. Difficult to know if it's doing anything, but retinoid products have a good track record, so as a person in my late 20s I'm happy to keep using it for the long term benefits.
  43. LOVE IT


  44. Lightens pigmentation


    This product is has lightened some pigmentation on my skin and has also brightened my skin more generally.

    The product has almost a dry oil texture when applied so is probably better for drier skins. I have very dry skin so it also helps to moisturise my skin.

    I have very sensitive skin and have had no irritations
  45. Good Value


    Great product at an affordable price, good option if you don’t want to spend hundreds on high end product
  46. LOVE!

    Sarah Q

    Love this retinoid product from the ordinary. I have been using it every night for a few months now and love how fresh my skin is when I wake up! My skin has never been better!
  47. the best retinol serum


    i started using retinol in my skincare routine few month ago my first one was The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane now i have switched to this one. its really good for my dry skin and not harsh like others. i can say i have started noticing the difference retinol makes. i have heard so much about retinol form The Ordinary and will continue using these. not to mention they are good price...
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  48. You're Glowing


    WOW! I only purchased this recently but its already has such a dramatic impact. Just place it on before bed and you wake up a new woman. Just saying!
  49. Great product


    I have acne prone skin at my age and it really helps with my skins’ overall look. Blemishes are less, pigmentation more even and my skin doesn’t look so tired.
    I did find at the start, that I only needed the tiniest amount otherwise my skin looked and felt oily.
  50. Wake up with brighter skin!


    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!
  51. I wanted to love this, but turns out I hate squalane.


    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 hi...
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  52. Great for sensitive skin and for a first step to Retin-A


    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!
  53. Love it!


    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 :)
  54. Old faithful


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


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


    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!
  57. It works


    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.
  58. great product


    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!
  59. Reduced hormonal breakouts


    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 improvem...
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  60. Good for fine lines


    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 af...
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  61. really good for my acne


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


    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 patt...
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  63. Obsessed!


    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
  64. Great product, noticeable reults!


    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, pe...
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  65. Nice product


    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 Ordin...
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  66. Great product


    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
  67. Not for acne prone skin type


    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 ro...
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  68. it is mild retinoid for sensitive skin.


    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.
  69. Amazing product - skin looks so fresh!


    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.
  70. Went to hard to fast


    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 m...
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  71. Great


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


    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.
  73. Really Good Product for a Great Price


    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.
  74. Good results so far!


    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 :)
  75. Unsure about this!


    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!

  76. Super hydrating


    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
  77. my skin feels so dewy after it


    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.
  78. LOVE IT


    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.
  79. Cannot live without this.


    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 boto...
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  80. Really good


    I have sensitive skin and found this product to be gentle when using on a daily basis as part of my pm routine
  81. 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!!
  82. Blackheads


    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 th...
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  83. Love


    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!
  84. Love this product!


    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.
  85. Good Value


    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
  86. Great


    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 .
  87. Good


    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!
  88. Moisturising and gentle


    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 ...
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  89. Non-irritating Retnioid.


    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.
  90. A good product


    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.
  91. Nice but quite oily


    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.
  92. A miracle product for the price!


    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 anyo...
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  93. Definitely not as nice as the 2%


    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.
  94. Cant fault it


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


    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 ;)
  96. Fab product!


    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
  97. A Keeper


    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
  98. Works really good


    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!
  99. great product


    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,...
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