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The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane 30ml

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The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane is a water-free solution that contains 0.2% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, photo damage and general skin ageing.

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan

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GREAT - 86% recommend

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Skin Concern:

  • First signs of ageing
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

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4.2 of 50 reviews

86% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive



I’ve been using this retinol for a while now, can’t see any major skin improvements, but it helps a bit with skin pigmentation and oiliness by drying it slightly.

Most Helpful Criticism

Not sold...yet


I'm just starting out with retinol/retinoid and so went with this light formula. I love squalene - it's never too oily on my combo skin - but I can't tell if there's enough active ingredient in there to do much. It's cheap enough that you can give it a go without ruining your skin or budget.
  1. Good


    It is my first time using retinol. I put this on after Niaciamide solution. I did had a few breakouts but nothing too serious. It's only been a month, I think my skin are getting used to it so I haven't notice anything different yet.
  2. Meh


    I have acne-prone, normal to combination, somewhat sensitive skin. No irritation or sensitivity to this product which was great. Felt pretty moisturising too!! I haven't seen any obvious improvement after 3 months, but will still repurchase in a higher concentration :)
  3. Great for outbreaks.


    verified purchaser
    I am very happy with this product, I recently changed climates and my skin has suffered from terrible outbreaks, I started using this every other night and would not go back.
  4. Half and half


    - Great price as with all Ordinary products
    - A little goes a long way
    - Greasy texture, sometimes takes ages for it to settle in to the skin - Hated putting it on before bed as I felt like I couldn't turn to my side with this on my face
    - Didn't see any real improvement in skin after use for multiple weeks which was disappointing
  5. Good


    I’ve been using this retinol for a while now, can’t see any major skin improvements, but it helps a bit with skin pigmentation and oiliness by drying it slightly.
  6. Not sold...yet


    verified purchaser
    I'm just starting out with retinol/retinoid and so went with this light formula. I love squalene - it's never too oily on my combo skin - but I can't tell if there's enough active ingredient in there to do much. It's cheap enough that you can give it a go without ruining your skin or budget.
  7. Great First Retinol!


    I bought this as my first retinol product and so far have been loving it! I didn’t really have any concerns that I necessary needed this product for but I thought I’d give it a go after doing some research on the benefits of them and thought you can’t go wrong with quicker skin renewal. I use this product at night and havent had any trouble with redness, and my doing can be sensitive to some produ...
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  8. Patience pays off


    I'm now halfway through my second bottle of the 0.2% retinol (after starting on the ordinary granactive retinoid emulsion about a year ago) and I feel I am definitely starting to see results. My skin is smoother, clearer and looks tighter. I was tempted to go up to the next strength as my skin was not reacting badly to this at all but decided to stick with the 0.2 for one more round as the season ...
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  9. Good starting retinol


    My skin is sensitive, so I started with this 0.2%. I use it 3-4 times a week at night, for the first week or so I had stinging around my nose, across cheekbones and mouth, though that has gone away. Been using for a few months and have nearly finished the bottle, I haven't seen much change in that time but with continuous use and slowly building to a stronger strength I might.
  10. A starting point


    verified purchaser
    Great starting point to introduce retinols into your skincare routine, though I feel I haven’t seen too much of a difference after having purchased the item as my skin was already accustomed to acids
  11. Good


    It my first time using retinol. It’s light and hydrating. I haven’t experience any redness or irritation at all till now. Hope it will show some good results in few months as it’s good start for skin care routine
  12. Not good for me


    Burnt my skin abit... I haven’t really found anything I like about this.
  13. Good first step


    Bought this as part of my first skincare regime (at 25 decided I should start taking skincare more serious).
    Retinol is one of a few things that have scientific evidence based research behind them for their effects such as anti aging. Remember this is a long-term product. Think of it like an investment for your skin, rather than instant results.

    They say to start gentle and buil...
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  14. Gentle


    I started using this after reading its best to start low and build up tolerance to retinol.
    I have enjoyed using the product, it has a light oily feel which feels nourishing. I found the formula to be gentle and I didn't experience any irritation, burning or redness.
    I have also been using this on a deep scar I have after blistering under an mri and I have noticed it has fade a tad (i...
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  15. Perfect start to retinol!


    Intrigued and intimidated by retinol as an ingredient and not knowing where to start I purchased this. I found it gentle and hydrating - two things I was nervous that I wouldn't get from retinol. I think its a great first step for introducing retinol into a routine and I have now graduated to the 0.2%!
  16. No difference so far


    I'm 63 and was advised to start off with a retinoid, and work up to this retinol product. The retinoid was out of stock so I bought the retinol. I've been using it 3 times a week at night for about a fortnight now and really can't see any difference in how my skin feels or looks. This doesn't necessarily mean it's not providing benefits, perhaps it's just slowly working. Still retinol is a popular...
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  17. It’s okay


    I’ve used this every second night for a while now, it leaves a oily slick on the face but I find it really hydrating I never experienced any peeling and didn’t really notice any retinol affect or massive difference.. I’ve brought a stronger retinol and given this one to my boyfriend
  18. So hydrating!


    I have recently added this into my routine now that I’ve finished breastfeeding and I absolutely love it! It is so hydrating, leaves my skin feeling so soft and full of moisture.


    I Absolutely this product and I’ve just been using it for 13 days!
    They say not expect results within 3-6 months, however at my firs week I already felt a massive improvement!
    I have sensitive dry skin, and when my period comes always appears 4 pimple in my chicks and some more in my chin, always in the same spots and they are living me marks ☹
    However with this, I felt my skin h...
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  20. Works but formula is pretty basic - but acceptable


    I moved up to the from the Granactive Retinoid emulsion. I with this came in a similar emulsion formula because that was way better. The Squalane oil is nice and smooth on the skin but it is quite liquid so I have had the drops spill off my fingers while I'm trying to apply. I feel like it is working and I haven't had any irritation (probably helps that I started with the Granactive Retinoid), but...
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  21. Not the best for oily skin


    This product is really good for people who want to have retinol in their skincare routine, so they can work their way up to the stronger products. Though this product is quite oily for my liking as my skin is very oily, and would rather opt for the other formulas
  22. Really nice and light for the skin


    I love the ordinary retinol 0.2% serum - its super light feels great on the skin. I didn't experience any redness or irritation when using. Would definitely recommend this product!
  23. 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! This is my favorite!!!!
  24. It’s amazing?


    This was the first retinol product I ever used and when I first started using it, my skin broke up like crazy for 2 weeks. I just kept pushing through and kept using it and my skin did end up clearing, but even before it cleared my skin was incredibly soft and very radiant despite the breakouts. But after it cleared I had smooth, radiant skin and I swear it made my pores smaller!
  25. Love it


    Retinol products are always so expensive so this is a great trial for someone to see how it will react with their skin.
  26. Great at home result


    This acid is the perfect solution for an at home treatment for some minor fading of sunspots and erasing some superficial fine lines on my forehead and eyes.
  27. A great introduction to retinol at a low concentration.


    A great introduction to retinol at a low concentration. The first morning after I used this product my skin was clearer, smoother, brighter and the fine lines around my eyes looked less obvious. It’s amazing! I’m so impressed for less than $10 it can make such a bit improvement in the texture of my skin. I can’t go a day without it!
  28. Nice oily texture, best used with a roller.


    Did not experience any retinol breakouts. I liked the oily texture and hydration property.Like any good product you have to wait to see any benefits. Would recommend to anyone beginning to use retinol.
  29. First Introduction to Retinol


    After absolutely loving the other Ordinary products that I had tried, I started using this one after reading great things about retinol. In under a week I noticed that my sun spots above my eye browns started fading and my skin was definitely more even. I am in my forties and had been recommended to start of slow with retinol so as not to cause irritation and I've been very impressed with this pro...
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  30. Decent enough


    While I was not immune to retinol-breakout from this product, it was a much more controlled and manageable breakout than when I had used the Granactive Retinoid 2%, which was a breakout disaster. (Rumour has it that retinol is more manageable with oil...?)

    It's very cheap so I also apply this everywhere on my body, such as on my hands, on stretch marks, scars, etc, with no adverse rea...
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  31. Great starter retinol


    I'm 23 and started with this as my first retinol. I use this on alternative nights and my skin feels and looks super smooth and fresh the next morning. It's quite oily but once you apply moisturiser on top it seems to absorb straight into the skin. Didn't experience any irritation at all, think I will try a stronger retinol once I finish this bottle.
  32. Great product


    I didn't have a reactions to this product and saw an improvement in my skin.
    It is oily but I just use a small amount and massage it into my skin. When I finish it I think I will try a different retinol in this range now.
  33. An Excellent Retinol


    It just works so well. When I wake up in the morning (after wearing it overnight) my skin just feels insanely soft and fresh. By far my favourite product by the ordinary. It's a bit oily, so I tend to sleep with my hair tied up when I have it on. So well priced too!
  34. Nice product


    Hard to say yet if it’s anti-ageing but makes my skin feel soft and moisturised
  35. My Skin is so soft!!!

    Isla Chai-La

    This product works so well!!
    Its a little sticky when you first put it on but it dries quickly. The redness in my face has drastically improved and my skin is so unbelievably soft even after the product is washed off. I'm only 19 so I can't see how well Its doing for anti-ageing (I'll update if I wake up one day looking 9) but this is a great product and I'll be purchasing again!!
  36. Amazing for clearing redness and uneven skin tone


    The ordinary's retinol is actually pretty good, it helped to even out my skin tone (in conjunction with the company's other products) in only a few weeks. It's not too strong either which is good for my sensitive skin.
  37. Great result


    Just entered my 30s and added this to my night time regime. My skin has been glowing with only little to no redness (does not feel irritated at all). My fine lines and dynamic lines are definitely still there but skin texture is much better and thus making the fine lines less visible (can still see up close in the mirror). Only draw back is that it’s a very thin oil which makes it harder to apply ...
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  38. Retinol for beginners


    This is my first use of retinol, I noticed my skin is stronger and my acne cleared up after a couple weeks. I have combination skin (normal/oily) I would highly recommended it and am planning to buy the slightly stronger bottle soon.
  39. Good results so far


    I have oily/acne-prone skin and this works very well for me. I definitely notice clearer skin and it seems to reduce any pimples I have overnight. Even though I have oily skin, it doesn't leave my face too greasy.

    I'm excited to try the 0.5% bottle next.
  40. Ordinary


    This product was neither useless or useful. I personally didn't really see any results but this may of being because I was using so many other products at the same time and was not patient enough. I feel like product would be good for someone who is just starting to use Retinol and are getting their skin used to it. I was not disappointed though as it is very well priced.
  41. A bit drying but I’m in for the long term results


    I’ve previously used The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid but have swapped to this as I want a more direct form or retinol. Even though this is the 0.2% I find it makes my forehead quite dry the morning after I have used it. I’m going to persist and see what the longer term results are like. I know that retinol takes persistent use to see results so I will be patient!
  42. Good first step reintol


    I found this product to be a good first step when applying retinol to my skin care regime. My only negative would be that it does leave you skin a bit oily
  43. a little goes a long way


    I am turning 30 in a few months and purchased this to start combating fine lines and uneven skin tone. I noticed a difference in skin clarity within a week. Only a very small amount required, I was initially using far too much which left my face super greasy. I use this at night after lactic acid. You may find, which I did, that your skin breaks out when you first start using it, apparently retino...
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  44. Great for beginners


    I hadn't used retinol before this product so this was a great introduction to it. My skin reacted well and after months of use I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin and will now move up to the next level. Plus it's so affordable!
  45. I love the Ordinary!


    I have so many products of the Ordinary and decided to give this one a shot due to the reviews. It hasn't irritated my skin and I am sure I will see results in the coming weeks.
  46. Great for starter


    I started using retinols with this product - so good for beginners as it didn't irritate my skin or anything. I used this 3 times a week and slowly worked up to using it nightly until the bottle was finished. My skin is so nice and plump the morning after use. Have now moved on to the 0.5% in squalane.
  47. Great Starter


    I've never used Retinol before, so thought it was wise to start with the 0.2%. I've been using it about 3 nights a week for a total of 4 weeks now. I must say it's much gentler than I expected - no tingling sensation whatsoever which I was expecting after reading up on Retinol. This product doesn't sink into the skin as quickly as I was expecting and so I try to give it some time before sleepin...
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  48. Great starting point


    It's a good idea to start with this and then continue up to 1% retinol in squalene. I was doing some research and the granactive is significantly less useful and costs effectively double, so this is a better value proposition, especially at the higher end.
  49. Good Starting Point


    I love this retinol, it is a great starting point for someone looking into vitamin A. It is a nice milky texture and did not cause me any irritation. I saw results in my file lines fading after a few months of use and will continue to use this
  50. Great retinol for beginners


    I purchased this retinol after seeing an article from Adore Beauty on my Facebook feed. I started with this strength as I'm a beginner with retinol. I really like it so far, haven't noticed a difference in regards to fine lines but I haven't used it long enough for a result. I use it after serums and before moisturiser at night.
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