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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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GREAT - 88% recommend

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  • 40s
  • 50+

Skin Concern:

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

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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane Reviews

4.4 of 155 reviews

88% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Well priced Retinol!


I like the feel of this retinol, easy to apply and well absorbed. I use it over a moisturiser as it irritated me on a dry washed face.

Most Helpful Criticism

Doesn't work for me


I didn't like this on my skin
  1. Well priced Retinol!


    verified purchaser
    I like the feel of this retinol, easy to apply and well absorbed. I use it over a moisturiser as it irritated me on a dry washed face.
  2. Good introduction to retinol


    I have dry skin and bought this product for preventative measures against aging so I haven't noticed any difference in my skin. It has an oily texture and is not too thick but takes a little while to absorb in the skin. I think its a good introduction to retinol, as I didn't experience any irritability or redness after gradually incorporating it into my routine, but I think I'll try a different r...
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  3. Starter Retinol

    Caity B

    Really great starting retinol. No irritation and does on nicely. Not as effective as some of the more expensive options but it is 10% of the price!
  4. Doesn't sting or irritate


    I was concerned that this product might sting and irritate my skin, as retinol products from more expensive brands in the past have. My skin tolerates this just fine. I am able to apply it every night.
    A little goes a long way.

    I am in my mid-40's, with combination skin that is prone to breakouts and redness. I am starting to experience the first signs of ageing with fine lin...
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  5. My skin hated this


    My skin hated this produced it made my skin so red and irritated. I also found it quite drying. Skinstitute retinol is a much better alternative to this.
  6. fantastic but...

    amanda --

    I love the product but the consistency is a little oily. thankfully I only use it at nighttime.
  7. Not good for dark skin...


    I used the ordinary retinol 1%, applied 2 drops from the eye dropper that was fine then i applied the same amount 2 days later and i felt a tingling feeling with in 1-2 minutes
    so i went and washed it off straight away.
    The next morning i had noticed black /dark brown spots underneath & around my eyes.
    It looks horrible.
    Please be careful if you have a medium skin tone
  8. Powerful product that helps with pigmentation and skin texture


    I purchased this product without realising that 1% retinol was "strong" and was worried about how it would affect my sensitive skin.

    Surprisingly, it performed really well. It helped fade my acne scars and other pigmentation as well as improving overall skin texture. I use at night and then next day my skin always is glowing and very vibrant. This definitely performs as well as higher...
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  9. It's not for my skin type


    I am using since 2 weeks but I didn't see any difference in my skin texture. I have oily/sensitive skin And its oil base formula so it doesn't soak in my skin. I am great fan of the ordinary products but this one is not for my skin. I am thinking to order the granactive emulsion seems that is in cream base and works for me!!!
  10. Great results but the oily texture is a little annoying


    I love the results of this product. I have found that since using it, it seems to have helped with my acne. It helps to keep my skin tone even and healthy looking.
    I find the oilyness a little annoying but for the price It's totally worth it. Such an affordable product with great results. I'm on my third bottle now and about to order my 4th and I'll definitely continue to use it.
  11. Great for texture.


    I really liked this product, I noticed an overall smoother texture of my skin and less noticeable fine lines. Highly recommend!
  12. First Timer - Retinol


    It is part of my nightly routine. I use it with antioxidants and almost immediately I started seeing results. I enjoy using this product but I may increase the %%%.
  13. Cheap enough to bathe in


    A watery oil like texture. It’s cheap enough, so I bathe my neck and décolletage in it twice a day. Starting to see improvements in skin texture and it might be all in my head but I think fine lines are improved.
  14. The Ordinary


    A lightweight and mild formula. Promising product for a retinol formula at this price range. But... it just didn't work for my skin in particular. I've used it by itself or with other chemical exfoliants and just didn't see any result in my skin. Just because it didn't work for me, it is still a great product to try.
  15. Beautiful glowing skin


    I finally upgraded from the 0.5% to this and while I was anticipating all kinds of skin issues from both products, my skin has responded so well, with no flaking or redness at all. I woke up after using the 1% for the first time and noticed a remarkable glow to my face. I am very impressed and can't do without this product! As long as you work your way up and don’t put too much on your face, this ...
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  16. Proceed with caution


    Whilst I am genuinely happy with the product and I've seen fantastic results (improvement in texture and colour uniformity), I am writing the review as a warning: do not get overexcited about the frequency of application.

    As someone struggling with active acne as well as healing spots and scars, I literally get excited to see what changed overnight after application, it can do wonders...
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  17. Smooth and effective


    Feels so good on my skin and already seeing its effect after a week
  18. Good oil based retinol - not for beginners!


    I really love this retinol product as is a very concentrated formula that will deliver some great results if used properly. This should definitely not be your first experience using retinol because your skin needs time to get used to it and "purge". I have come to realize that I'm not a huge fan of squalane because of how it sits on the skin (very oily) but this would be fantastic for people with ...
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  19. Great budget friendly retinol product


    I have been using a 1% retinol for a few months and purchased this as a cheaper replacement for my usual brand. I have noticed a difference in my skin with reduced breakouts and a more clear and even skin tone. Despite being in oil, this retinol is not too oily, absorbs quite quickly and the oil helps to prevent the skin drying out. There are definitely more effective retinols out there, but for t...
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  20. Great preventative anti aging


    I started with the lower Retinol serums working my way up as advised. I have really noticed a difference in my skin over time. I am early 30's with generally pretty good skin however I wanted to start preventative treatments now. I recommend these products to people who are looking for less invasive anti ageing solutions.
  21. No results yet


    I have been using this for about a month (every second night). I thought it might help with pigmentation of my skin but I haven't noticed a difference. I got quite a few little pimple/bumps when I started but they went away quickly.

    I like the squalane oil and use it regularly but I don't think I will repurchase this.
  22. Crush can’t get over how soft my skin is


    So I am using this product with the Hyalronic Acid and Niacinamide in my Pm skin care regimen and my newest crush cannot get over just how soft my skin and cheeks has become. He keeps finding excuse now to touch, or stroke, my cheeks. It’s really cute.
  23. Great for the price!


    This is great as a starting point to retinol, I didn’t want to try anything too expensive and this was the perfect starting point. Definitely noticed a difference in my skin and highly recommend!
  24. Good value!


    I don’t have particularly sensitive skin and have used active ingredients before but found my skin broke out a little when I first started using this. It’s been about a month now of using it every second night. I feel my skin looks brighter the morning after using and I’m sure after extended use I will start to see more of a difference! Definitely worth it for the price point!
  25. A solid retinol formula.


    It took me some time to utilise this the right way for my combo/oily skin, however for me (32F) the best results have been using it last in my routine; essentially using the squalane as an occlusive to prevent moisture loss when using an active like retinol, and not over heavy layering of products. Stick to a simple moisturiser that doesn't have any actives besides niacinamide, which works well w...
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  26. Good retinol


    It is already a well know fact that retinol is a powerful ingredient. I was previously using some other retinol cream and mixed it with some other oil. But this one already comes in an oil form and doesn’t contain any water. I heard water can make retinol unstable so it’s a good thing I think. I think I will keep using this one.
  27. Great for the price


    This is the first retinol I've used and decided to try something cheaper first. Have definitely noticed a difference in my skin from using it over the last month and will continue to purchase.
  28. Refreshed


    Loved how it removed dead skin and made my face brighter the next day. Highly recommend.
  29. Only been a couple of weeks but my skin is the same


    Got this to treat Milia which is a keratin build up under skin that causes small white bumps.
    It's only been couple of weeks but I'm using it every other day and haven't seen a change. I'll keep using as hopefully it more of a long term thing.
  30. Only been a couple of weeks but my skin is the same


    Got this to treat Milia which is a keratin build up under skin that causes small white bumps. It's only been couple of weeks but I'm using it every other day and haven't seen a change. I'll keep using as hopefully it more of a long term thing.
  31. Rids dead skin well


    I accidentally bought this product when I meant to buy the one not in squalane but I ended up liking it. It feels moisturising, doesn't hurt. It gets a lot of dead skin off. Still personally prefer the serum texture one fr my routine but this one is great too.
  32. Love love love these products!


    Started using products from the Ordinary a few months ago and my skin has never felt better! They are so affordable but so good! The retinol especially has made such a difference.
  33. Hydrating, but subtle


    I used this over a 4-6 month period. Its easy to apply and feels light It’s one of those things where the rewards are tested in time... Am I wrinkly? No. But I’m only in my early 30s. I’m at the point where I need to be keeping an eye on some fine lines, particularly around the eyes and mouth. Hopefully keeping my skin hydrated with these products will keep them at bay for a bit longer! It’s just ...
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  34. Value for $$$


    Great value for money. I have found that my skin is clearer and brighter since using the retinol each night. I don't find this harsh on my skin at all.
  35. Excellent - moisturising


    This is excellent. I used to use the granactive retinoid but decided to try this as its cheaper and is clinically proven. I love this in the squalane. Very gentle and moisturising. I will keep using this from now on.
  36. Best priced skincare

    G Zhou

    This is sooooo worth the money!! i've used this consistently for 3-4 weeks now along with my skincare routine and ive noticed less redness and smoother skin with natural glow that shows through my makeup!
  37. Affordable Retinol


    I have really dry skin and I love how this retinol comes with squalane. It makes my skin looks refreshed the next day!
  38. It just works and budget friendly


    This just basically does what retinol supposed to do on my skin. not too irritating that my skin peels off, so it is good. it is a great replacement for the granactive retinol one that is out of stock until now.
  39. Fantastic!!


    i have always had a lot of dark spots on my face such as under my eyes, my cheeks. this product is amazing. i only purchased it not even 2 weeks ago and i can already see a massive difference. i have even been getting compliments saying that my skin looks so much better and more alive. 100% going to repurchase. i HIGHLY recommend.
  40. Lovely retinol


    Really nice retinol, soaked into skin well, skin texture looked improved
  41. Worked well


    Did exactly what it was meant to. Worked really well on my skin and left my skin smooth and practically glowing! highly recommend
  42. Love this brand


    First time using retinol. I chose this product over others as it's Vegan & cruelty free. I think this is a very good product, however, it will take a while for you to see results, as opposed to using retinoids. I'll finish this bottle off (as my skin has tolerated it very well with no adverse affects) and then choose a higher strength from the same brand. Price-point was excellent.
  43. Average and affordable


    Currently on my second bottle and use it 4/7 nights. No irritation, excellent for sensitive skin. Overall haven’t notice a huge difference..
  44. Good for first time retinol


    I have oilier skin and was expecting this to make me look oilier but it made my skin look smoother and fresher! I have only used it for 2 months but have seen it calm breakouts I had which i wasn't expecting it too. I also didn't experience drying like i thought i would (I have used harsher products though). I will continue to use it as my family has even noticed a difference in the texture of my ...
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  45. Love this!


    I absolutely love this product, after reading previous reviews I knew I had to buy! I was a bit nervous as I had never used retinol before but wow! My skin is looking great, it’s made a noticeable difference to my redness and appearance of those pesky left over acne/pimples that I haven’t had budge in months. I’ve only been using for a week or 2 and am so impressed, can’t wait to see what it will ...
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  46. great product for an even better price


    I have dry skin and this is my first time using retinol. I've only been using in on alternate nights for the past week but feel that my skin is benefiting from this product! I'm yet to have any dry skin around my mouth which I've read retinol can cause. Would buy this product again, but might try the higher % of retinol next time
  47. Lovely product for price


    I’d been looking for a retinol to address some pigmentation and slight scaring on cheeks from teenage acne and this works quite well.
    I noticed my skin was soft, smooth and with a glow the next morning but I started to see more better results in my skin texture with a couple of weeks using it. I didn’t experience any tingling as my skin is quite tolerant but still recommend using it every s...
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  48. Super affordable


    I upgraded from another The Ordinary retinol and was hoping I would experience some peeling so I know it's working but I didn't so I'll have to try a different brand next time. It's great for the price and a little oily so I'll stick to using it when I have dry skin in winter.
  49. Great


    This is my first time using a retinol, so wasn't sure what to expect or what my skin would do. But I love the product. Makes my skin glow and radiant
  50. Major value for money


    I LOVE this product. In saying that, I jumped too quickly to this strength as a first time user, however it always left my skin feeling great prior to the side-effects. The formulation is easy to apply, its pleasantly scentless and I never find it greasy on my skin. After week 2 I broke out in a rash on the sides of my face and felt quite sunburnt. Luckily I am surrounded by plenty of seasoned ret...
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  51. Ok product


    I had been using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% and decided to upgrade to this product. I have to say I am not that impressed with it and feel it is a bit oily, I much prefer the consistency of the Emulsion compared to the Squalane. I haven't any real improvement to my skin & will go back to the Emulsion.
  52. Amazing


    This is the retinol that I use a few times a week as it does not irritate my skin. It gives my skin a gentle exfoliation and helps with texture
  53. Try before $pending big buck$ on other products!


    I was a little reluctant to try this product being so cheap, as previous Retinols I have used in the past range from $45-$140, I was worried it wouldn't be effective at all.
    Though I am so glad I purchased this product and have recommended to all my friends!
  54. Not completely sold

    Still Waiting Results

    I have been using this product for 4 days/ I have sensitive skin and the tingling as well as red blotches in skin has been a little uncomfortable.
    I have used retinol before and have never had these side effects.

    My skin does feel softer the next day after using.

    May need to wait a few more weeks
  55. Amazing!


    I've been using this product for a week and I am absolutely in love. It's honestly such a fabulous product, easily affordable and makes my skin feel delicious by the end of the process. Definitely going to be a regular order for many years to come!
  56. Affordable


    Great price for a retinol. I do not experience any tingling or burning when using this product, however, I feel that my other retinol products are more effective. The texture is like a facial oil and overall this is a great product.
  57. Not for sensitive skin


    I wanted to love this product as I've read so many good reviews. I liked how it felt on the skin, I'm a fan of facial oils so Retinol with squalane is right up my alley. I have dry sensitive skin which means my skin reacted badly on this serum. It didn't appear after the first use but it slowly did after a few days from the first use. I slowly introduced this to my routine with just once a week bu...
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  58. Great product, great price!


    I love this retinol! This is bottle #3, such a good product for a budget price!
  59. Awesome everyday retinol


    This is a great every day retinol that doesn't cause tingling like others I have used with a higher percentage. Nice and light and no fragrance, which is always good!
  60. Great intro to retinol


    This is a gentle introduction to Retinol - it is gentle on your skin, and is not likely to cause flaking or dry skin. If you want to build up your skins strength prior to moving to a stronger dosage, this is a great option. However, it wasn't until I started using a prescription strength trenitonin that I really started seeing the benefits of retinol.
  61. Good value for money


    I wish I could love oils on my face at night, but I feel like the moment my face touches my pillow all the product is gone (doesn't sink it my skin/maybe i'm using too much). If you love oils, I would try this retinol before more expensive versions to get your skin acclimated and find your routine before investing in something pricier.
  62. 100% the best


    I can highly recommend this product over the more expensive versions. Delivers results. Consistency of the product is great only requiring you to use a few drops. Has results.
  63. Strong for first time users


    This was the first retinol I used and was intially confused by all the different types the ordianry offered and so satrted with this. My skin was irritated and red and cuased a few breakouts. I then after a week switched to the granactive 2% which was a better choice for my sensitive skin
  64. Reduced acne


    I started using this in addition to The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and my skin is the best it has ever been!
  65. I love this retinol!


    I love using this product. I much prefer vitamin A in serum form rather than a cream based product and this one ticks all the boxes for me. For a relatively higher strength retinol I am surprised that the irritation is fairly low. The product sinks in quite well and the addition of squalene makes it soothing and a nice balance in a product that traditionally gives a lot of irritation. While I find...
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  66. Good


    Easy to spread on the skin, a bit oily if you have a oily skin. I use it after the toner at night and followed by other serum. Need to use before the ordinary hyaluronic acid serum so it absorbs better.
  67. Blend with moisturiser!


    Initially I reacted to this - so I then started using it alternate nights blended in with my moisturiser and it's AMAZING! I can wake up and see the difference. I have really sensitive skin and it didn't react at all when blended with the moisturiser.
  68. Clear smooth skin


    This is an update on my earlier review, now that I’ve been using this product for about 6 weeks. Such good results, especially considering the price. I use every 2 or 3 nights & I now don’t have any sensitivity to the product, & my skin definitely seems to have improved. I’m 48, my skin is medium-sensitive & occasionally still gets a few pimples but since using this retinol I’m not getting any. My...
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  69. Great retinol


    I've found The Ordinary retinol to be just as good as an $80/$90 comparison. I have oily acne skin and have been using a 1% for a few years before I found the ordinary and I found no difference which was great, it is just as effective. I have no experience to give advice but I would definitely recommend doing your research on what percentage to start with, especially if your skin is sensitive as t...
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  70. YESSSS! :D

    Emma Loves Skincare

    This is a good way to introduce your skin to Retinol. As a weaker strength, it is a great way to ease your skin into this ingredient before increasing the strength.
    I liked the results I had with this product and the price point is of course fantastic in comparison to some Retinols on the market.

    For reference my skin is oily/combination skin and I am 30 years old
  71. Good retinol, great price


    I used the 1% retinol. I first used it 2 days in a row and my skin got quite dry & a bit flaky, since then I’ve used it twice a week (for a month now) & it seems to have a good efffect, my skin feels smoother but need to use for longer to see real result. My skin is moderately sensitive but twice a week causes no irritation as long as I use a rich moisturiser or facial oil on top once it has soake...
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  72. A great everyday retinol


    I've always wanted to try a retinol after reading how good they can be to fight the signs of aging, but have been scared! The Ordinary's Retinol 1% is great way to introdice retinol into your skin care regime, and it's gentle enough to use everyday.

    I have tried higher percentage retinols, and can feeling the 'burning' sensation after applying, but I haven't experienced that with the ...
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  73. incredible


    This is essential for us oily skin ladies out there, keeps my oiliness at bay!
  74. Love this especially for the price!


    I was really torn between getting the 1% retinol or the 5% retinoid from the Ordinary and I went with the retinol just because of the reviews on the retinoid saying that the consistency / oiliness wasn't great. So glad I did, I love this stuff!

    For a 1% retinol I have had absolutely no irritation, which at first made me wonder if that meant it wasn't working / wasn't strong enough, b...
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  75. Got compliments on my skin after using this


    After using this for a month, I got compliments on my skin and it’s clarity and radiance. My pores appear to have reduced as well. I’m excited to keep using it and see more benefits.
  76. Nice but strong


    Found it a little strong for my skin, but I changed to lighter concentration retinol and have not had any issues since. Will definitely go back to this once my skin has gotten used to the retinol.
  77. Keeping my skin clear


    I’ve been using this for a few weeks and have noticed it’s helping keep the acne away. No longer am I getting the deep acne. It’s quite runny so you only need a drop.
    Note: Definitely do not use this in the morning. I accidentally put it on and was out in the sun. My skin got very burnt.
  78. Great


    This is very effective and it makes my skin look amazing with no irritation. Amazing retinol
  79. Big Fan


    I have moved on up in the retinol world and this is fantastic. My skin looks and feels great since using this level of retinol. Highly recommend.
  80. Not harsh


    A great retinol that your skin quickly gets used to. I love alternating it in my microneedling routine and find that it is a great addition to my skin routine, and now a staple to keep my skin nourished.
  81. Soft Nourished Skin


    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 ...
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  82. Great Stuff


    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 jus...
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  83. Great!!


    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
  84. Effective, gentle and delivers the Retinol-magic results we all want!


    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.
  85. Lightweight and effective


    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 da...
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  86. Good entry level retinol serum


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


    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.
  88. Overall skin texture improved


    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.
  89. Lovely in your face


    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.
  90. Lovely Product!


    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...
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  91. good for breakouts


    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,
  92. 10/10


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


    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.
  94. Good


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


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


    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 h...
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  97. Like it


    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!
  98. Like it


    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!
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