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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane 30ml

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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane is a water-free solution that contains 1% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing. 

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Artificial Fragrance Free
  • Sulphate Free

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Age:

  • 40s
  • 50+

Skin Concern:

  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

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4.6 of 71 reviews

93% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Great Stuff

MummyLady

I purchased this product after it being sold out for ages and having tried the 2% needed the extra strength. Wow. You wake up with incredibly soft, baby like skin. Unfortunately my daughter managed to spill the bottle down the sink, but grabbed as much as I could and slathered it all over like a mad woman and even put it on her dads skin. Even he couldn't believe how soft his skin was after just one use. Yet another reason great skin care doesn't have to cost you the world. Thanks to the Ordinary for creating affordable skin care that actually works and to Adore Beauty for bringing it to Australia. Love, love, love it.

Most Helpful Criticism

Don’t use hot wax near your face haha

Rachel

I’m new to using retinol and made the super rookie error of going and getting my eyebrows waxed. Should maybe come with an explanation / warning in the product description to not use hot wax for people like me who aren’t as aware of its effects :)
  1. Soft Nourished Skin

    Sayaka

    No redness or irritation occurred to me as I’d been using other retinoid cream for a while. I may find more powerful retinoid product on the market, but I like this one as I can use it on the whole face every night without irritation. Squalene gives me a soft nourished skin and It seems to be helping speed up my skin turn over. Good serum to include in evening skincare routine to expect long term results.
  2. Great Stuff

    MummyLady

    I purchased this product after it being sold out for ages and having tried the 2% needed the extra strength. Wow. You wake up with incredibly soft, baby like skin. Unfortunately my daughter managed to spill the bottle down the sink, but grabbed as much as I could and slathered it all over like a mad woman and even put it on her dads skin. Even he couldn't believe how soft his skin was after just one use. Yet another reason great skin care doesn't have to cost you the world. Thanks to the Ordinary for creating affordable skin care that actually works and to Adore Beauty for bringing it to Australia. Love, love, love it.
  3. Great!!

    Rose

    I’m happy I found Retinol, I’ve been using this product for a month, every single night...my skin feels different, it looks the best it has in years, softer and it’s helping my acné too. Highly recommended
  4. Effective, gentle and delivers the Retinol-magic results we all want!

    Austen

    This is a wonderful serum for those wanting the results that Retinol promises to deliver WITHOUT irritating your skin. Once your skin has become accustomed, it is super tolerable to use every night. Reduced fine lines, brighter complexion and plumper skin. I think something more potent would be better for mature skin.
  5. Lightweight and effective

    Jo

    First time user of retinol on combination to dry skin. The formula is very light, easily absorbed and leaves skin feeling smooth overnight. It has been a few weeks since use and I have noticed skin is looking brighter in the morning. I did have to introduce this product slowly as I did experience tingling sensations upon application and peeling the next day. I would use facial oils on alternate days to ensure that my skin could rebuild.
  6. Good entry level retinol serum

    Bonnie

    Zero negative side effects. Appears to help even out skin tone.
  7. Overall skin texture improved

    Hellz

    New user of the product , alternating it with hyaluronic acid and after 3 weeks a huge difference in skin tone and texture, skin feels hydrated and the lines appear less noticeable. A couple of drops of the product provides ample coverage and good value for money. I didn't have redness, irritation or peeling as stated may happen.
  8. Overall skin texture improved

    Hellz

    New user of the product , alternating it with hyaluronic acid and after 3 weeks a huge difference in skin tone and texture, skin feels hydrated and the lines appear less noticeable. A couple of drops of the product provides ample coverage and good value for money. I didn't have redness, irritation or peeling as stated may happen.
  9. Lovely in your face

    Sam

    This retinol is so nice and smooth on your face. I have just started using it all over my face in the evening. One recommendation is to put in on early in the evening or it will leave marks on your light coloured pillow cases.
    I highly recommend this product.
  10. Lovely Product!

    Jen

    I have recently switched to The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane. This product is lightweight, non greasy and a few drops makes my skin look smooth, soft and supple upon waking. I haven't suffered any irritation, sensitivity, flaking, itching - nada. Just noticeably nourished skin when I leave on overnight. I do apply the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA on top for added hydration. I had never heard of Squalane before this product and just thought, wow, this Retinol is fabulous, but now I'm wondering if it's the combination of both Retinol and Squalane that is giving my skin such a great appearance. I thought, so what IS Squalane? and of course Googled it! WELL! Squalane it seems is my new best friend! I know that Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws in and attracts water making our skin look plump and hydrated, but it doesn't hold that moisture in long term. And that's where Squalane comes in because it's an emollient that SEALS in moisture, minimizes moisture loss and has powerful anti aging properties that can really transform your skin. So I have just purchased a separate bottle of The Ordinary's 100% Plant Derived Squalane so I can use it in the morning on top of my HA and lock all that moisture in!
  11. good for breakouts

    Abbie

    Great at helping my break outs and scarring, my skin looks so much clearer after using this. Once I finish this bottle though I will look for a stronger alternative in this range,
  12. 10/10

    Tamsin

    Great product. I’ve seen an overall improvement in my skin texture and it’s one of the best priced retinols on the market
  13. GREAT

    Alice

    This is a very effective and affordable retinol that I use about five nights a week. It helps a lot with hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
  14. Good

    Alice

    This retinol has helped with my hyper pigmentation and fine lines. It also leaves my skin smooth and toned.
  15. Good formula

    Sarah

    Love this retinol and it has helped with my pigmentation and fine lines. So affordable as well
  16. it is working for me

    Howen1

    I recommend you apply this only at night. It gets the skin to start peeling gradually in a few days. You will start seeing the slight flakiness on your skin and it wouldn't look nice with make up but be patient! Once the peeling is a little settled, you will see radiance and glow on your skin! The price is great and very affordable to be used on regular basis. I like to keep using this one as at home peeling care. great value. will buy again.
  17. Like it

    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!
  18. Like it

    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!
  19. So far, so good.

    Paris

    I'm new to retinols but my skin is hardy and has been through benzoyl peroxide for 10 years as a teenager as well as AHA's and BHA's. I hope I didn't jump the gun too much but I went for the highest strength. I have applied it 3 nights in a row to a mild tingling which goes away but I haven't gotten any dry, inflamed or sore at all. I'm thinking it's the Squalane to help buffer the retinol to be more gentle on the skin.
  20. Good

    Y

    Really good
    I apply it at night, and that is the requirement. Honestly makes you glow, and makes your skin feel lush. Your skin does peel, but that normal.
  21. Great

    Abbey

    I love that I can have retinol for this price, and it works the same as more expensive brands.
  22. The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

    Mary

    I really really like this product. I have mature skin, so retinol is a good product in general for me. I get no irritation at all and find the Squalane gives it a very soft, lovely texture for applying. I use it every night without a doubt and can see good results. My skin looks smoother and I will continue using this product.
  23. Don’t use hot wax near your face haha

    Rachel

    I’m new to using retinol and made the super rookie error of going and getting my eyebrows waxed. Should maybe come with an explanation / warning in the product description to not use hot wax for people like me who aren’t as aware of its effects :)
  24. Results with just a few uses

    Maggie

    I used this product over-night for a few nights in a row and I am already seeing results. My skin feels significantly smoother and softer. I don't have many lines/wrinkles yet as I am only 25, but will continue to use this product to see if it makes a difference to the few fine lines on my forehead in the long-term.

    I got no peeling or irritation with this product, but I have used other retinols in the past and my skin is not very sensitive.
  25. Amazing

    casey

    Seeing such a difference in my pigmentation on my cheeks with using this.
  26. Didn’t work for me :(

    Katharine

    I have sensitive skin and have found suddenly with the change of season, my previously retinol-accepting skin has gotten dry, sensitive, irritated, red and flaky suddenly. I have heard this effect described for skin unused to retinol, but I was fine for ages with retinol, and previously another brand’s retinol serum. Took me a while to identify this as culprit, and the damage was uncomfortable and unsightly. I’m reluctant to reintroduce. Not a fan of the screw top dropper. It’s tedious, messy and unhygienic to use.
  27. Didn't see a difference

    Alysha

    Started using this and didn't have any effect on my skin (no drying, redness, irritation) and didn't notice any difference in what it was doing long-term. Moved onto another brands 1% retinol and noticed an immediate difference. Not sure if this one just isn't as potent but didn't love it. Also hated that it takes forever to sink in and as its suspended in an oil, makes it hard to layer with other products at night.
  28. Great Product, Great Price Point

    Lisa

    Goes on smoothly and absorbs into my skin beautifully. I apply on alternate evenings and this helps with acne scarring and my face feels lovely and hydrated in the morning. I wash it off in the morning and apply sunscreen after using this. The squalane makes it spread smoothly on the skin, a little goes a long way.
  29. Delightful

    Lisa

    It’s so lovely, not strong on my skin at all but soothing, and the retinol effect is noticeable within a short period of time
  30. A great place to start when experimenting with using Retinol

    Jo

    A great place to start when experimenting with using Retinol, the results aren't as noticeable as when you use the 5%, but it's worth starting with the 1% to see how your skin responds.
  31. Beautiful consistency

    Aimee

    Beautiful consistency I can tell my skin is loving this. Doesn't clog or feel heavy. Just skin food!
    Will certainly order again...
  32. Good product

    Kerrie

    I find the product quite oily but very hydrating. I have not had any issues with breakouts or dryness using the 1%, and can use it all over my face. I use it under moisturiser at night and my skin feels lovely and hydrated. I will go to a higher strength retinol next time.
  33. Lovely product

    Louise

    I’ve only just started using this product and have never used retinol before. It goes on really well, skin feels great after use and I have had no Irritarion at all.
  34. Soothing

    Carla

    It’s not strong on my skin at all but soothing, and the retinol effect is noticeable within a short period of time
  35. Skin changer

    Ellie

    I absolutely love this product. Goes on beautifully before bed and you wake up with fresh looking skin. Be careful not to overuse it though as your skin can feel tender and flake a little. After using retinol for a few weeks I can already see a difference in the texture and overall tone of my skin.
  36. too oily and gave me pimples

    Lauren

    I wanted to love this product, but when i put it on i felt like i was drowning in oil, the next morning i would have a very angry face with a lot of new pimples and my skin was peeling. i left it a month before trying it again but it did the same thing. I gave away my bottle.
  37. Love!

    Di

    I wasnt sure which The Ordinary Retinoid would be good for my skin (due to the varying percentages) so i bought all of them as a trial/comparison. I can say my aging combination skin responded better to the higher percentages, however this is a great retinol product - it produces great results and hasnt given me any breakouts. My skin is smoother and brighter than before. A great price point.
  38. Good

    Niezl

    I have combination skin. This dry my skin a lot. I'm almost finished with one bottle but haven’t seen any difference on my skin aside from getting more dry skin when using it. Will continue using the bottle, but maybe not purchasing it again.
  39. This is real active skincare

    Shelley

    This is another non negotiable item in my skincare regime. I have been using this since it came out. I was acclimatised to the original silicone based 1% so I had no irritation from this but this is REAL skincare. This WILL irritate you if you have never used retinol - and will cause dryness and peeling over the acclimatising period. Persevere and use it once a week then twice a week, then every other night as your skin gets used to it or use the 0.2 and 0.5% first. The results are better than anything for less acne, smoother skin/less texture, and more even skin tone. A great product to add in your early 30's. I use this every night without fail.
  40. Strong- pace yourself

    Zel

    This is a pretty strong solution and makes my skin super flakey and dry each time I use it. Pace yourself and start with a weaker solution. I will try using it next time with a gentler serum underneath to see if this helps as well.
  41. Great Priced Aging Combat

    NIcole

    This product was recommended by a friend who is a beauty junkie and obsessed with ageing.
    I have not been disappointed. This improves the skin and has done what it promises to do. I have found other expensive products do not provide the results I have seen from this product which is not expensive at all.
  42. Great price

    Debra

    I'm in my fifties and have combination skin. I'm concerned about wrinkles and pigmentation. I bought this because it was over $120 cheaper that the brand I was going to buy. I use it every night after my hyaluronic acid and have never had any irritation or reaction. I haven't noticed any major difference to my skin but it has only been 2 and a half weeks so may need more time to see results. I'll keep using it though as I know retinol is proven to benefit ageing skin. I'm going to get The Ordinary buffet and a vitamin C serum soon to add to my regime as I just love this brand and the amazing value for money that it is.
  43. Takes some time to adjust to

    Megan

    I have previously used The Ordinary retinol and decided to step up the strength. After a few nights my skin was red and a little tender. That has now settled down as my skin is adjusting to the new strength. I am looking forward to seeing my skin after a few weeks of using this. So far I am liking what I see and see my skin improving and looking more plump and clearer. My foundation is looking better on my skin when I apply it.
  44. Great- for the price

    Emma

    For the price this is a GREAT product. I have only been using for a few weeks now (after increasing my retinol does from another retinol product) but can definitely see an improved appearance of my skins texture.

    If you’re new to retinol products this may be too intense. Use sparingly as a little goes a long way, and I find using every second or third night is better for my skin. If too much product is used or too often, it can result in flaking but at the end of the day that is this product doing its job – read the explanation of “The Ordinary” products and their differences, which can be find on the site, this one is a higher dose and stated it may result in flaking/higher irritation, so you know what you’re getting into!
  45. Irritating

    Paige

    Go for the granactive retinoid instead of this one as it irritates.
  46. it really is good

    jules

    Im very happy with this makes my skin feel hydrated and gives a nice glow.My skin can be sensitive but it doesnt irritate it.will buy again
  47. Quality at a great price point

    Nisha

    Goes on smoothly and absorbs into my skin beautifully. I apply on alternate evenings and this helps with acne scarring and my face feels lovely and hydrated in the morning. I wash it off in the morning and apply sunscreen after using this. The squalane makes it spread smoothly on the skin, a little goes a long way.
  48. Must have

    MsRachelL

    I began using this product in early Sep, and my skin was sensitive and peeling for a month. I stopped for 2 weeks and have started again every other night. No sensitivity as my skin has built up the tolerance. It only requires half a tube for my entire face and neck. Just be aware if there is too much it will leave a greasy feeling. I haven't seen any result yet but anti-ageing is long term battle. This product is a must in my skincare regimen.
  49. Love this!

    Cate

    I really love this product, it was my first 'The Ordinary' purchase, and I've never looked back! I think its a good product to avoid those first signs of aging. Will definitely repurchase :)
  50. Very good.

    Beth

    Love this product with retinol in it. It is not expensive and will last for quite a while. My skin looks clearer and younger after using it only a short while. Will continue to enjoy it and the good benefits it has on my skin.
  51. Love it

    Katie

    I am Asian but i have a pretty fair skin so it is very noticeable whenever I sunburnt/redness/acne. My skin got worse after I gave birth, I have redness all over the cheek, my pores look huge. I decided to try this bottle after reading an article about how retinol is the key ingredient in skincare routine. My face did got irritated at first but after about 3 days, my skin got used to it. I do feel it is smoother and plumper in the morning.
  52. Great

    Peta

    I absolutely love this product. This was my first purchase of anything by "The Ordinary" and I am so glad that I did because I am hooked. Although this product does take a few weeks to take effect, it WORKS! My forehead wrinkles and lines between my eyes are not nearly as noticeable anymore. I will be buying again-the price of this is a steal!
  53. Love, love, love this one!

    Katie

    I bought this bottle after going through a few of reviews on the internet and decided to give it a try. I have fair skin so it is very noticeable whenever I have redness/acne/pigmentation. After a few weeks of using this product, my skin does get better. I'll keep using this one for a long long time.
  54. Love love love

    Jade

    Absolutely love this product..have been buying very high end retinol for years and this product packs the same amount of punch! Also love that they use shark friendly squalane rather than squalene, skin feels soft and hydrated, less acne scarring , just love it.
  55. evens skin tone

    Nicole

    have really noticed an evening of my skin using this
  56. Vitamin A power

    Vi

    Take it from a senior beauty therapist, ALL The Ordinary products are of GREAT value and true cosmeceuticals. This product is one of the best anti aging vitamins at its highest strength (before dr’s prescription) to use on ones skin. It encourages skin cell turnover for healthier stronger youthful skin, if your skin is too sensitive to use on a nightly basis, use every other night
  57. Can't beat the price nor quality

    Carrie

    First heard about this brand from beauty blogger Nadine Baggott. So so good. Price is doable, product high quality and size of product means this will last you a good while. I will be moving to 2% next and continue to explore this lovely brand.
  58. Cleared up dry flakey skin

    Kiralee

    I have dry and flakey skin, so was recommended this product by a friend. I use it every night and have noticed that it has improved my skin condition! I had previously been exfoliating using harsh skin scrubs, however i have had much better results with the use of retinol.
  59. Amazing, but still not strong enough

    Naama

    I bought this serum after purchasing the 0.5% version with no results. Although I can definitely feel the difference, it seems I keep underestimating my skin's tolerance to retinol because I'm not seeing a wow-worthy change. My number one tip with introducing retinol into your nightly skincare routine is to get to know your skin beforehand! You could find that, like me, you've been underestimating its sensitivity and you could very well start on the 2%!
  60. New user!

    Teigan

    I started using this after trying another retinol last year, I like it and have noticed some changes to my face however can't comment as a long term user- however so far so good!
  61. A Game Changer

    Natasha

    Since moving interstate my skin has suffered from blackheads and acne. I have tried various different methods of treatment and no signs of improvement. I heard about Retinol working wonders on acne so I decided to give The Ordinary Retionl 1% in Squalane a try, and for a product that is less than $15 what is there to lose? I jumped right to the 1% solution but a highly recommend against it if you have sensitive skin. It was after about 3 days of use that I started feeling the side effects which included tight skin, dryness, and burning. But I took a 3 day break and the symptoms have subsided. So far after 2 weeks of usage I noticed a huge difference in my skin quality. My breakouts have started to diminish and my skin tone is much more even and brighter. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has skin troubles like I do.
  62. the price *drool

    Jaclyn

    this product is great for its price tag! great great great , I use this on my body after derma rolling and it leaves it feeling tight and firm! great product
  63. Stepping stone to the 2% stuff ;)

    Kat

    Definitely need to work up the strong stuff, and the 1% is a step you shouldn't skip. It didn't break me out or irritate, and I l9ve the equal and! Never, ever go in the sun after applying, though, as retinol turns carcinogenic when exposed to UV rays, aka is phototoxic. Used as directed, it's fantastic and is essential to my anti-aging routine.
  64. great product but use it wisely

    Susan

    I first used this and broke out big time - 6 zits over night. So I mixed it with an existing moisturiser and it was fine, just more dilute. it is working slower this way, but no side efffects and you dont notice the smell as much. it feels a bit oily when applied direct, but it is fine to use if mixed in with a moisturiser.
    I also use this on my legs to treat some ingrown hairs! the scars are almost gone and the skin is looking good.
    if you have sensitive skin, you can still use this product, but dilute it first!
  65. Great product and price

    Nora

    I was worried about retinol and how my skin would react but in the end, it worked great - no irritation or redness! My skin looks fresh and bright. Remember to build up tolerance and do not use on compromised skin. When I finish this bottle, I'm definitely buying another.
  66. Incredible Product

    Freya

    I'm obsessed with this product. I can put it on in the evening if my skin feels dry, dull like it might breakout.. go to sleep and my skin is calm and fresh in the morning.

    I was concerned that the Retinol's would be too intense for my sensitive skin, but I have been fine, I've now gone up to the 5%. I only use it a few times a week though.
  67. great product at an amazingly reasonable price

    jane

    I have added this product to my evening skin care regime for the past few weeks and definitely feel my skin looks brighter and clearer. I have found it can irritate a little if used every night so tend to use it 2-3 nights on and 1 night off. It is a great product at an amazingly reasonable price compared to other retinol products on the market. It will last me several months I anticipate
  68. great product

    alicia

    My night skin routine used to include the skininstitut retinol cream. I found this product online and it was more affordable than the skininstitut product so I thought I would give it a try. After a few weeks I found myself reaching to this product more as i realized I preferred the oil consistency to the cream. I found the product was less harsh on the skin and easier to apply.
  69. Have been using on a spotty bottom

    Bobbi

    I actually got this product to try on my bottom as I get spots there caused by irritated hair follicles and sitting at a computer too much. I was using the Advanced Retinoid originally which was working very well on my spots (I had tried everything, acids, acne creams, medicated washes etc for years) and since this had been working I decided to try this formula as it is a bit stronger. It's still working quite well, teh greasiness is a little bit of a bother compared to the other serum but not sure if it's causing any issues. The only issue was some skin stinginess on my backside but that will subside. There was no peeling. I have not used this on face yet and am still using the Advanced Retinoid as my face is somewhat sensitive. My butt is super smooth :D
  70. Affordable skincare

    @omorfibeauty

    I used this 3 nights in a row.. then the next morning my skin started to peel.. ( yes I did freak out at first but... my skin had been breaking out so much around areas I don't normally before hand, scaring from it and also lots of texture around my cheek and chin area) this is why I bought this product to help my skin!! ) my skin is so plump, healthier looking and have not had any breakouts since before starting this ( this is after 7 days and only had applied it those 3 times) My partner even commented on how good my skin is looking!! If you were going to use this I would recommend maybe starting off with once a week to see how your skin reacts with it.. love how affordable it is too!
  71. This is fantastic

    BellaD

    I bought this as I wanted some retinol - even though the company itself recommends its more sensitive range. I have sensitive skin but wanted original retinol.
    I can't actually believe how my skin looks in the morning. Im currently using every second night and really impressed. I love everything about this affordable brand!
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