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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% 30ml

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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, previously known as Advanced Retinoid 2%, is one the most-popular Retinoid-based products from the skincare experts at The Ordinary. Known for being one of the most effective ingredients for anti-ageing, Retinoids come in different potencies and varying formulations to reduce sensitivity.

 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, moderate-strength emulsion with low irritation levels. The product’s active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less abrasive alternative to retinoic acid, or prescription retinol medication, to accelerate skin cell turnover and reverse the signs of ageing and acne.

Key benefits of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion:

  • Moderate-strength Retinoid
  • Low risk of irritation for Retinol skincare
  • Lightweight, creamy emulsion
  • Can treat a variety of skin conditions, including pigmentation, ageing, and acne
  • Helps prevent the formation of wrinkles
  • 30ml

What is Retinoid?

‘Retinoid’ is a broad name for any product that contains a derivative of Vitamin A. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% contains two different forms of Retinoids that are easily absorbed by the skin. This product causes less irritation than traditional forms of Retinoid.

 

The main active Retinoid is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a specific and advanced form of Retinoid that works harder to diminish signs of ageing whilst being more gentle on skin. This is blended with a form of pure Retinol in a protective capsule system, which aids the delivery of the HPR.

 

How does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion work?

This anti-ageing serum from The Ordinary works by accelerating the rate of skin cell turnover, making way for newer, fresher, and healthier cell growth underneath. It also helps to slow down the degeneration of collagen in the skin, the main protein for youthful-looking skin, and helps to prevent the formation of dynamic facial folds and wrinkles. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion can help with pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and active breakouts.

 

How to use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Introducing Retinoids into your skincare routine slowly is important to prevent irritation and sensitivity. Start with just once a week, and then slowly increase usage up to a maximum of four times a week. The emulsion should only be applied at night, because Retinol can heighten skin sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays. A daytime sunscreen is always recommended when using this product.

 

Apply the emulsion after water-based serums and before oils and heavier creams. Do not use this product along with other Retinoid treatments.

 

Who should use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is suitable for anyone who is concerned about skin texture, acne breakouts, ageing skin, or pigmentation. Retinoids should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding and should not be used on very sensitive, damaged, or compromised skin.

 

How does Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion compare to other The Ordinary skincare products?

In 2017, The Ordinary expanded its collection of Retinoid products to introduce new formulations and strengths. Advanced Retinoid 2% was renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to fit in with the new naming conventions of the extended range.

 

Here is a breakdown of the different Retinoid formulas The Ordinary currently makes:

 

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)

Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)

 

The Granactive Retinoid collection uses the same delivery system for the same active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less harsh alternative to retinoic acid but a relatively new creation in the skincare world. The remaining three products use pure Retinol, a tried and tested ingredient, which, once applied, needs to be converted by the body in order to deliver benefits. Retinol can cause irritation, so it is important to introduce it slowly into your skincare routine.

 

Does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion help with acne?

Retinol for acne is a great way to both minimise active breakouts and prevent future breakouts from occurring. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion helps to accelerate skin cell turnover to minimise the longevity of acne whilst promoting healthier skin cell growth for a clearer complexion.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for scars and pigmentation?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to include in a routine for treating scarring and pigmentation, as it helps to speed up skin cell turnover for newer and fresher skin. The emulsion works particularly well for fading scars and pigmentation when used in conjunction with a vitamin C product.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for rosacea?

When looking for new methods and products to minimise and treat rosacea, it is always recommended that you consult a doctor first. Whilst the emulsion can help with the symptoms and appearance of rosacea, it may further irritation, particularly on those who have extremely dry, dehydrated, or compromised skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion comedogenic?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion contains acne-reducing ingredients, so despite its light oil base, it is non-comedogenic and suitable for those with congested skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for wrinkles?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has anti-ageing properties, making it an excellent product for treating and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are known as being one of the only ingredients to not only prevent premature ageing but actively reverse it too.

 

Is good for dark spots?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to assist in treating dark spots, especially when used in conjunction with a vitamin C serum.

 

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

Age:

  • 20s
  • 30s
  • 40s
  • 50+

Eye Concern:

  • Age Prevention
  • Deep Lines

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, previously known as Advanced Retinoid 2%, is one the most-popular Retinoid-based products from the skincare experts at The Ordinary. Known for being one of the most effective ingredients for anti-ageing, Retinoids come in different potencies and varying formulations to reduce sensitivity.

 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, moderate-strength emulsion with low irritation levels. The product’s active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less abrasive alternative to retinoic acid, or prescription retinol medication, to accelerate skin cell turnover and reverse the signs of ageing and acne.

Key benefits of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion:

  • Moderate-strength Retinoid
  • Low risk of irritation for Retinol skincare
  • Lightweight, creamy emulsion
  • Can treat a variety of skin conditions, including pigmentation, ageing, and acne
  • Helps prevent the formation of wrinkles
  • 30ml

What is Retinoid?

‘Retinoid’ is a broad name for any product that contains a derivative of Vitamin A. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% contains two different forms of Retinoids that are easily absorbed by the skin. This product causes less irritation than traditional forms of Retinoid.

 

The main active Retinoid is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a specific and advanced form of Retinoid that works harder to diminish signs of ageing whilst being more gentle on skin. This is blended with a form of pure Retinol in a protective capsule system, which aids the delivery of the HPR.

 

How does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion work?

This anti-ageing serum from The Ordinary works by accelerating the rate of skin cell turnover, making way for newer, fresher, and healthier cell growth underneath. It also helps to slow down the degeneration of collagen in the skin, the main protein for youthful-looking skin, and helps to prevent the formation of dynamic facial folds and wrinkles. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion can help with pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and active breakouts.

 

How to use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Introducing Retinoids into your skincare routine slowly is important to prevent irritation and sensitivity. Start with just once a week, and then slowly increase usage up to a maximum of four times a week. The emulsion should only be applied at night, because Retinol can heighten skin sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays. A daytime sunscreen is always recommended when using this product.

 

Apply the emulsion after water-based serums and before oils and heavier creams. Do not use this product along with other Retinoid treatments.

 

Who should use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is suitable for anyone who is concerned about skin texture, acne breakouts, ageing skin, or pigmentation. Retinoids should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding and should not be used on very sensitive, damaged, or compromised skin.

 

How does Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion compare to other The Ordinary skincare products?

In 2017, The Ordinary expanded its collection of Retinoid products to introduce new formulations and strengths. Advanced Retinoid 2% was renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to fit in with the new naming conventions of the extended range.

 

Here is a breakdown of the different Retinoid formulas The Ordinary currently makes:

 

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)

Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)

 

The Granactive Retinoid collection uses the same delivery system for the same active ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a less harsh alternative to retinoic acid but a relatively new creation in the skincare world. The remaining three products use pure Retinol, a tried and tested ingredient, which, once applied, needs to be converted by the body in order to deliver benefits. Retinol can cause irritation, so it is important to introduce it slowly into your skincare routine.

 

Does The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion help with acne?

Retinol for acne is a great way to both minimise active breakouts and prevent future breakouts from occurring. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion helps to accelerate skin cell turnover to minimise the longevity of acne whilst promoting healthier skin cell growth for a clearer complexion.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for scars and pigmentation?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to include in a routine for treating scarring and pigmentation, as it helps to speed up skin cell turnover for newer and fresher skin. The emulsion works particularly well for fading scars and pigmentation when used in conjunction with a vitamin C product.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for rosacea?

When looking for new methods and products to minimise and treat rosacea, it is always recommended that you consult a doctor first. Whilst the emulsion can help with the symptoms and appearance of rosacea, it may further irritation, particularly on those who have extremely dry, dehydrated, or compromised skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion comedogenic?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion contains acne-reducing ingredients, so despite its light oil base, it is non-comedogenic and suitable for those with congested skin.

 

Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion good for wrinkles?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has anti-ageing properties, making it an excellent product for treating and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are known as being one of the only ingredients to not only prevent premature ageing but actively reverse it too.

 

Is good for dark spots?

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great product to assist in treating dark spots, especially when used in conjunction with a vitamin C serum.

 

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

Age:

  • 20s
  • 30s
  • 40s
  • 50+

Eye Concern:

  • Age Prevention
  • Deep Lines

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. Store in a cool, dry place.

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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4.7 of 405 reviews

94% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Holy grail
I'm onto my 3rd bottle of this and I'm addicted. It's gentle and a great option for treating or preventing wrinkles around the eyes for this reason. I also have occasional eczema issues and have found this retinoid is gentle enough for me to safely use. Have bought it for friends as well. I strongly recommend this product, especially at the price point.

Most Helpful Criticism

Good but not great
I was hoping to love this product and see some noticeable changes in my skin but sadly I don't. Sure the consistency is nice, feels great on your skin and the price is fantastic but haven't really seen results. I have oily skin and use many products with salicylic and glycolic acid so maybe my skin would respond to a stronger dose of retinoid which I will try from The Ordinary range. I will finish the bottle but will not be repurchasing.
  1. Holy grail

    I'm onto my 3rd bottle of this and I'm addicted. It's gentle and a great option for treating or preventing wrinkles around the eyes for this reason. I also have occasional eczema issues and have found this retinoid is gentle enough for me to safely use. Have bought it for friends as well. I strongly recommend this product, especially at the price point.
  2. Gentle and effective

    After sustaining a nasty chemical burn (even after weeks of slow build up) from a 1% retinol solution in another brand, I was anxious about trying another retinol-based product. This is lovely and silky in texture, and no stinging! Win! I love it, and can’t beat the price point.
  3. Must have!

    I was skeptical of The Ordinary’s products with their low price point but I couldn’t live without this one. After just a few weeks of use my skin looks completely resurfaced. My pores are smaller, it looks brighter and I’m experiencing less of the painful dryness I usually get the second I wash my face! My skin type is dry and I’m prone to the odd breakout here and there and I’ve seen a reduction in those too. So, so pleased.
  4. Great retinoid

    This retinoid formula is very gentle for my oily and acne prone skin. My skin also feels tightened and fresh after using this product and my acne scars have been diminishing over time along with dull skin.
  5. Essential!

    I've been using this product for several months now and it's made a massive difference to my skin - way less breakouts and the overall texture of my skin is a lot better. I've had problems adjusting to higher strength retinol products in the past but this one has been great, it's fairly gentle but great results. The emulsions also fast drying and easy to apply.
  6. Made my skin soo oily

    I us3d this religiously and in the morning I was seriously an oil slick !!!!!!! Not sure if it did to much For my skin except making it oily and break out gross
  7. Will never live without this!

    This has done wonders for my skin!! it has smoothed and tightened my skin. I use this every second night and it leaves my skin plump and young looking. can't get better for this price point
  8. Love this product

    I think its the best most gentle and effective retinol for my acne prone skin..ive seen a vast difference when combined with benzol peroxide and rosehip oil on top
  9. Retinoid Rejoice

    I have combination skin which can sometimes become quite dry whilst trying to clear breakouts. I use this product every second night as per of my night routine and my face feels soooo fresh after. I find that it causes little to no irritation on my skin, and does help pigmentation over time.
  10. Secret weapon

    I struggle with very small, under the skin pimples around my chin and have tried so many products to get rid of them...but alas, I stumbled across this little gem! It’s best used at night after cleansing and toning and I have noticed a significant change in my skin! It’s clear, it’s smooth and there’s no little annoying pimples on my chin ever! Even at that time of month! A few drops goes a long way so this bottle is definitely value for money.
  11. Good but not great

    I was hoping to love this product and see some noticeable changes in my skin but sadly I don't. Sure the consistency is nice, feels great on your skin and the price is fantastic but haven't really seen results. I have oily skin and use many products with salicylic and glycolic acid so maybe my skin would respond to a stronger dose of retinoid which I will try from The Ordinary range. I will finish the bottle but will not be repurchasing.
  12. Great entry level retinoid!

    I've been using this product for about 18 months now and I'm really pleased with the results.

    I find that my skin and pigmentation really evens out when I'm very consistent with it.

    When I've travelled and not used this product as frequently I can definitely tell the difference.

    I introduced fairly slowly and my skin was initially a little dry when I started using it but this no longer happens.

    Great value for money! I'm a big fan of the ordinary products.
  13. LOVE

    LOVE this product. Makes my skin feel great and also helps my blemishes.
  14. Good but not strong enough for my tough skin

    I have a lot of sun damage and while I did see some improvement in tone and fine lines I think I’d benefit from a higher strength.
  15. Good for the price

    Decent emulsion, haven't seen results yet. Sinks into skin well and doesn't bother my sensitive skin at all.
  16. Don't hesitate!

    I'm loving this anti aging wonder! I understand it takes time for significant results... But from night one of using it, my skin felt and looked lustrous! They say with retinoid products "don't quit before the miracle happens," so I look forward to seeing longer term results too!

    Before purchasing, I used live chat to make sure I was buying the right products for my needs... They were super helpful!! Also, my package from Adore also came with some surprise little gifts that also made me feel super special!
  17. Beautiful product

    This is my first try of a retinol product and i’m Really happy with it. I’m in my early 30s and have some lines and also some pigmentation from pregnancies. It’s made more of a difference for the lines but also overall brightening of my skin. Very effective and amazing price.
  18. SO glad I bought this!!

    Lately my skin has been breaking out like crazy, has looked super dull and the texture has been horrible. I used makeup to hide my insecurities but after using The Ordinary Granactive Ertinoid Emulsion I've noticed a huge difference in my skin! Seriously could not go past the price (very good compared to other products). It is worth your money and MORE! I don't even wear makeup to work any more. My skin looks smooth, more even and instantly brighter! You won't regret buying this product.
  19. Good results!

    Is not too intense on my somewhat sensitive skin. Works well, I intend to stock up again soon!
  20. Affordable product to work wonders on the skin

    I've been using The Ordinary for almost 3 months. I alternate nights, using one night Glycolic Acid + Lactic Acid and the other night Retinoid + Matryxil. I can see my skin more hydrated, soft, brighter. I had been under a lot of stress for over a year and my skin started to suffer, looking dull and dehydrated. Using The Ordinary has brought my skin back to life, I can get away with not using any make up at all. I had tried a wide variety of brands from all price ranges and non has worked as effectively and quickly as The Ordinary.
  21. An investment in your skin

    I can’t believe how noticeable these results are. Yes retinoids are good for anti ageing, but this has also completely evened our my skin tone, stops break outs and softens my skin. I have a sensitive skin type that does not react well to big changes so I was very glad this product did nothing but good for me. Definitely noticeable in terms of anti ageing too. Highly recommend this, and such a bargain!!!
  22. Good so far!

    I've only just started using this product but so far, so good! If you have dehydrated or sensitive skin and are worried about retinol products then this one would be a great starter as it's very gentle. I'm still new to retinol and unknowingly tried a very strong one - which made my face so dry and dehydrated. After using this my face looks smooth and my pores look reduced. I'm looking forward to seeing more results long term.
  23. Good introduction to retinol

    This was a good introduction to using retinol products. It is completely non irritating and I found that I could go straight into using it every 2 days with no unwanted side effects at all. The emulsion doesn't seem to absorb fully into the skin and leaves you shiny looking but using it at night means that it does not bother me.
  24. Good

    Nice product, good for my skin. Have noticed a change!
  25. Good product at a good price

    Very affordable. I have found my skin is plumper, softer and just looks more refreshed when I use this. I use at night after cleansing my face about 3 times a week l. I will keep buying when the bottle (eventually) runs out
  26. Hello plump skin

    I have combination skin which can sometimes become quite dry whilst trying to clear breakouts. I use this product every second night as per of my night routine and my face feels soooo fresh after. I find that it causes little to no irritation on my skin, and does help pigmentation over time.
  27. Doesn't seem to work as well as the Retinol with Squalene

    Doesn't seem to work as well as the Retinol with Squalene. I used it for a couple of weeks and just found that it was too intense for my skin. When I switched to the Retinol in Squalene, I found that my skin responded much better.
  28. Must have if you are over 40

    I have combination to dry skin and some signs of age - regular use of this product has made a huge difference to the appearance of my skin. Its smoother and fine lines have definitely reduced. I use it with Buffet and Rosehip Oil at night, and alternate with Vitamin C every other evening. You cant go past it in terms of value for money.
  29. My skin feels amazing!!

    I've used other Retinoid products & this is the best product for seeing results so quickly. I started out using every third night but noticed a small irritation on both cheeks. I have dry skin & my skin went red & dry in patches. So I continued to use it once a week & then using the The Ordinary Vitamin C serum the night after & my skin feels & looks amazing! No irritation now, so will try increasing my use to maybe 2 nights a week. Love this product & would definitely recommend
  30. Love it

    Only been using for a few weeks but already seeing good results. X.
  31. Love this!

    I can't believe how good this product is especially at this price! This was my first ever retinol product that didn't make my skin freak out.

    I started applying a small amount every second night and now use it every night. I makes my skin feel clear and hydrated!
  32. Very close to high expectations!

    I have been recommended retinoid products so much recently, and have heard a lot of other success too. In my research for The Ordinary products, the reviews on how retinoid products made me a bit paranoid, so hence why I chose this formula. It is creamy and has no stinging effect, but for someone who doesn't have sensitive skin like me, I think I could handle a stronger formula for greater results. It's definitely had an impact, but I don't think it was the perfect match for my skin.
  33. Great Value

    I have been using this for a few weeks, and have noticed quite a difference with my skin in the morning. I purchased this along with the The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and both have been working so well. I will definitely be purchasing this again.
  34. Love

    Great product. No irritation and noticeable changes to my skin
  35. Not decided

    My skin is a lot plumper and just glows the day after using this.
    I'm prone to redness so I find once a week is enough for my skin - you definitely feel it working on your face. It does have a drying feeling and I'm not sure why but I sometimes get a dull headache when I use this.
  36. Decent

    I use this as a spot treatment and it does a good job.
  37. This has been a miracle serum for me

    At 27 it was time to start using a light retinoid to combat the signs of ageing, I did not expect at this price point to find the best skin treatment I’ve ever come across. I’ve battled acne and an oily T zone up until now and after using the first bottle I had a 4 month break, I can definately confirm the skin improvements are from this product.

    Within 2wks, my complexion was almost perfect when waking and though my skin is already soft; it was noticeably softer. I’ve had to buy several for friends and family as it was super fast acting and obvious.
  38. Amazing as part of nightly skin routine

    This is the first retinol product I have ever used and wow is it amazing! I have combination skin which can sometimes become quite dry whilst trying to clear breakouts. I use this product every second night as per of my night routine and my face feels soooo fresh after. I find that it causes little to no irritation on my skin, and does help pigmentation over time. I love this product and will forever have it in my night routine!
  39. Skin loves it!

    I use this product along with The Ordinary's Niacinamide and have noticed such a change in my skin.
    i suffer from intense hormonal acne along with acne across my back, shoulders and chest, and this stuff is incredible.
    after using it the first night, i woke up with soft and less irritated skin.
    have stocked up on multiple bottles to keep me going for a while!!
    must have!
  40. Great!

    It took a week or so to start seeing an effect, but after it did, I was amazed. My pores are smaller, my skin feels smoother, it's just lovely. As for adverse reactions, I was really cautious and started out slowly, but I'm not even sure it was necessary - I didn't experience any problems at all, not even slightly.
  41. Lovely! Great Value

    So good! Being in my 30's, I was looking for something that would help with my skin texture, pores, plumpness and combination skin. I'm an ex acne sufferer and have also been on roaccutane. I am very weary with skin care products but the ordinary products especially this product have blown me away. My skin is super soft and plump. I love the whole ritual of layer all the products at night!
  42. Better than the previous formula

    I find that this formula is much better than the previous formula.

    The previous formula made my face very sensitive and I ended up with contact dermatitis around my eyes and lips. This new retinoid formula is much better and I have had reduced sensitivity with continued use. I use this product 3 times a week with a simple vitamin e cream and eye cream and find that my skin has slightly improved over time. My breakouts (due to hormones) has also reduced. Highly recommend this new formula to anyone who has sensitive skin and is wanting to try a retinoid product.
  43. Favourite product from the Ordinary

    This is by far my favourite product from the Ordinary. I was blown away by how AMAZING my skin looked when I woke up the next day after trying it out the night before. My skin was clear, bright and less red. It's honestly a game changer. I think I've purchased this more than 4 times and the only reason I've stopped using is because my skin has gotten used to it and the results are not as amazing anymore - however, that might have something to do with the fact that my skin is just getting better. For the price, this is an absolute must. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  44. Will probably repurchase a stronger version next time

    I have oily dehydrated skin, with some hormonal acne around my jawline and bumpy texture on my forehead, that is starting to show some fine lines around my eyes and mouth. I’ve been using this product for a week and have noticed improvement in the “glow” and texture of my skin. It is thicker than a normal serum and is almost creamy. The colour is also “creamier” than the other serums in “The Ordinary”s ranges. This product does not tingle or sting. Being the first time I’ve tried a retanoid I haven’t been too sure what to expect, so will probably aim for a higher strength one next time.
  45. Absolute skin saver.

    I bought this mainly to help with pigmentation, but it's transformed my skin in multiple ways. It's almost done away with my break-outs entirely, and has changed my skin tone and texture significantly. I started out using it every three days in order to let my reactive skin adjust, and gradually increased the frequency to daily with absolutely no adverse reaction, no shedding, and no purging. It's hard to accurately judge the difference it has made in the pigmentation when just scrutinising my naked face, but when I apply make-up I can absolutely notice how much easier my foundation applies, how much less concealer I have to use, and how much smoother & more even the overall effect is. Will definitely continue using (though I may step up to the higher percentage at some point), and would recommend even to those with reactive skin. I'm 41, with dry-ish skin, and have been using it for about 6 months, in combination with an increasing number of The Ordinary products.
  46. It works!

    This product has helped to even out my skin and reduce my acne however you should only use it maybe 2-3x a week max, otherwise it can make your skin very sensitive and breakout.
  47. AMAZING

    I have repurchased this product so many times - I think I'm on my 6th or 7th bottle now, it is that good! it completely smooths out any texture and makes your skin glow! i've also found it helps a lot with reducing acne/speeding up the recovery process, as well as fading scarring over time. could not recommend more!
  48. So good

    I loved this for my skin, totally cleared my pores and reduced congestion, improved texture and added glow. This one is just the right strength for me and I don’t suffer from any dryness or chemical burns from it. No complaints
  49. Fantastic product - I will continue to repurchase

    I have combination skin and I love love love this - I use it every second day and I haven't had any issues with sensitivity. I find I wake up with a smoother and more even skin tone in the morning. I've repurchased this already and will continue to do so.
  50. Gentle on Sensitive skin !

    Initially upon purchasing this product I was quite afraid my eczematic skin would react negatively to this product as I have heard from many people that retinol was quite harsh on the skin. I did my research and found out that retinoid is a less reactive form of retinol and decided to give it a go. Im so glad I did, not only did not react badly with my skin, I find that the number of breakouts I got after introducing this into my routine has also decreased significantly. However if you do use this product be sure to use it at night and after plenty of sunscreen during the morning to ensure your skin is getting full protection of UV
  51. Amazing product

    I absolutely love this product! I first tried the ordinary product 6 months ago and have continued to repurchase. It makes your skin feel fresh and soft and when I didn't use it for a week I could notice the dullness in my skin.
  52. This product reduces uneven skin tone, pigmentation and is SO affordable

    I have been using this for the past 4 months and it has really reduced my uneven skin tone and pigmentation.
    I use it at night after cleansing and toning with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid.
    Such a great product for such a great price!
  53. Initial results didn't last

    I used this product for more than 6 months. Initially I noticed improvements to the quality of my skin but I found that over time these changes were not sustained and it was not worth continuing to use it.
  54. Definitely A YES!!!

    Helps on my breakouts. Love how it feels on the skin while it say it does, it does not irritate the skin. Its only been a week but i can see the different. Slowly but surely my pigmentation and breakouts will diminish soon. Price are affordable too!!!
  55. perfect for nightly regime

    I use this at night, after Buffet and before Hyaluronic Acid. Maybe it's due to all of them, but my skin feels plump and hydrated and my fine lines are gone. Love this, and love all products I've tried from The Ordinary. I finally feel like I have a regimen I feel comfortable with and which really works. I have sensitive skin with dry patches and this works wonders!
  56. Couldn't be happier

    This product seems to be working well with my skin. I've only been using it for a week in the mornings and so far happy with the results. Make sure you wear sunscreen when using!
  57. Great starter retinol

    I've been using this for around 2 months and its great. I am in my mid 20's so I wanted to implement a gentle retinol in my nightime routine to help prevent early signs of ageing. This is a great non-oily formula that I find sinks into my skin really nicely.
  58. enjoying this product

    am really enjoying using this product. my skin looks lovely!!
  59. Goodbye aging.

    THIS PRODUCT! amazing, leaves me flawless smooth even skin toned and goodbye fine lines and spots, legit a freckle I’ve had my whole life has almost disappeared because of this holy grail product.
  60. Love this product

    Hi have combination skin.. shiny forehead & the odd brake out & sometime dryness .. I’m always hesitant to put too much on my skin as I’m worried it will become congested however this product is light & my skin sucks it up instantly. I’m only a few weeks into using it (in the PM) in conjunction with “The Buffet” (in the AM) but have to say I’m loving it & my skin’s overall texture & appearance seems better!
  61. Skin reaction

    I reacted to this product so didn't get a chance to see if it worked for me.
  62. Non irritating and effective

    I have only been using this for a week as my nightly serum. I was too scared to use retinol for its irritating and peeling factor but this one is so gentle and great to use every night. I’d rather use something that works slowly, gently than something that’s too harsh like other retinol products. I thought my skin was already good but adding this to my routine was the best thing I ever did! Only a week and made my skin texture even better. I had so many compliments at work how smooth my skin is! It’s the only product that eliminates the stubborn little whiteheads and bumps around my mouth and chin, my under eye is so smooth, fine lines gone. And I couldn’t believe how fast this works! It’s my first TO product and will venture more on this brand. The price is unreal too!
  63. Not harsh like some retinoids

    This is a pretty good retinoid serum - I like that it isn't as harsh as many on the market so you can use it a bit more without worrying about what it will do to your skin (assuming you've got a tolerance already). I use it twice a week and it gives my skin subtle but definitely good results - the next morning my skin looks smoother and brighter but without any red or dry patches. Would recommend.
  64. Great intro retinol

    I tried this and the Retinol 0.5% in Squalene and loved both. Great intro retinol products which didn't irritate my normal/dry skin.
  65. Wonderful product!

    I tried this emulsion after seeing some Facebook adverts- I had bought The Ordinary's Buffet and was already hooked on the brand. This goes on smooth and I have definitely noticed a reduction in fine lines and congestion. I use it at night as it can make your skin more susceptible to the sun- I find it a great PM treatment. The liquid goes on smooth and sinks in fast, leaving only slight 'residue' but skin feels hydrated. A little goes a long way! I will definitely re-stock!
  66. Best introductory retinoid

    I purchased this because I read that it was a good, gentle introductory retinoid for new users. I do not have overly sensitive skin but this has not caused me any irritation at all. I have not experienced any issues with the sun either but I have been applying sunscreen religiously every day to my face which is a must with retinols (and, let's be honest, probably the most important skincare product for anyone regardless). The formula doesn't look or smell like anything special but that's not what The Ordinary is about anyways. It glides on nicely and sinks in quickly.

    Retinols are supposed to take several months for full effects to show so I'm not expecting too much difference right away, but my skin has been lovely and smooth since I started. After a month or two I plan to step up to a slightly stronger retinol and i'm not sure how I'll go with the squalane in place of this lovely emulsion.
  67. Great Product

    I have only been using this product for a week and can already see results. This is my first time using a retinol product and have had no skin sensitivity.
  68. Amazing results

    I'm in my 40's and I'm already noticing improvements in my skin after a week of using this cream. I just hope it keeps going! Very happy so far.
  69. Gentle and effective

    This is such a good retinol product. Really gentle, but over time it does seem to make a difference to my overall complexion. I found it to help with breakouts and evenness of my skintone.
  70. Smooth and Soft

    A great product and solution for those who are a bit intimidated by the harsher retinoids out there.
    I have combination skin prone to dermatitis from allergies and this is an effective and gentle product. Feels so nice and is not at all ‘oily’ feeling - it absorbs really well. Love it!
  71. A M A Z I N G

    I love, love, love this product. I had made the change from The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane to this and have not looked back. I'm 3 days in with no breakouts (usually this happens the same day if something does not agree with skin) and no dry cheeks. I apply after my cleanser and use from my forehead down to my décolletage. I wake up in the morning and my skin feels great. I highly recommend this if you have combo, easily irritated skin. It's a no fuss no frills product and I love it.
  72. Affordable cream

    I've only started to use this product so I haven't seen amazing results as yet, but I have noticed some smoothness in my aging skin and it's definitely helped with my rosacea. Hopefully these improvements will continue as I continue to use the cream. Affordable cream, which is awesome.
  73. Great for a start on Vit A for dry skin

    Loved this products as it was a first time using vitamin A for me. I have very dry, sun damaged skin. I use this every second night (low level Lactic acid every other night) and a Vit C in the mornings. Please be diligent in using a high SPF with these products! I also have to make sure I moisturise very very well both under this with water serums and on top with oil serums. But a great start and no reactions from me. I will move from here onto a slightly stronger Vit A. Really helping with my skin (I think smaller lines are much less, specifically from this product). Im noticing a huge improvement from using the whole range, including this product.
  74. Excellent value for money

    I love this product so much! I use it 3 nights a week and whenever I have breakouts it really calms my skin down. My face always feels amazing in the morning and I have quite sensitive skin!
  75. Absolutely amazing!

    Its just been a week since i used this product and i can already see the results coming! i wake up with the softest skin in the morning and my makeup literally glides on! I have sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all! highly recommended guys!
  76. No more Scrubs

    I love the ordinary products and this one really replaces my scrub. I find that congestion on my chin is gone after using the product and also my complexion just glows. You really have to use strong SPF protection after using this product though as your skin becomes sensitive to the sun afterwards.
  77. My favourite of The Ordinary products

    I begun using this after a friend suggested I switch from Vitamin C serums to Vitamin A, and not wanting to spend a lot while my skin adjusted, gave this product a shot. The results have been overwhelming. My skin now glows and my pores have minimised drastically. I have already repurchased this serum and have raved about it to anybody who will listen. Loved it.
  78. Makes my skin happy

    This product is a fundamental part of my skincare regime and I cannot believe the difference it has made to the health of my skin! When I combine it overnight with the vitamin c 23% from the Ordinary I wake up with plumped, glowy skin!
  79. Good quality ingredients, and it's working!

    I’m 53 and started using this as part of my daily regimen. I am so mpressed with The Ordinary range. I’m enjoying using this serum nightly before using moisturizer. It spreads very easily and I’m noticing a definite reduction in fine lines so I’m pretty happy about that!
  80. So glad I seem to have got this in time

    My skin is starting to age and this is my first introduction to a retinoid and it seems to have kept my slowly growing forehead wrinkles at bay. Will definitely buy again when it runs out
  81. Such a great affordable retinol product

    I'm using this every second night and my forehead lines are reducing noticeably. I was a nightly retinol user up until about a year ago when I pulled back after my dermatologist upped the % and my skin just couldn't adjust comfortably. Trying to go a lower dose and introduce other anti-ageing actives that are not as aggressive. In saying that, retinol is still essential for me and this product is perfect, I actually really like the texture and it doesn't feel drying, to the point where when it sinks in I don't feel like I need to follow with moisturiser (or I forget), and the next day everything is nice, glowy, and less fine lines.
  82. Brilliant and insanely well priced

    I think everyone can benefit from vitamin A in their skincare regime. For me, retinoids have brightened, de-congested, refined and smoothed my skin.
    The retinol serums from The Ordinary are seriously good. I've compared them to other products and they seem to out-perform serums that cost over $100 per bottle. I recommend this 2% serum from The Ordinary to everyone who wants to start with a retinoid serum, with a view to increasing up to The Ordinary Retinoid 5% serum after a couple of bottles. Highly recommended.
  83. So affordable! So effective.

    I love this serum, I cant believe its as affordable as it is! And I wish I could find something as good for day time use.
    This is the perfect blend for my skin. Moisturizing but not oily, hydrates my 37 year old face overnight. Sinks in & feels light.

    I was using *D overnight repair serum previously & although I love that product, *D is getting just too expensive.
    At that price you can afford to try it!
  84. Fantastic results!

    So I've tried lots of different retinol / vitamin A treatments over the years for my acne/rosacea/dermatitis affected skin. In the past this has been mostly doctor prescribed, or as part of extensive and expensive skincare treatment systems. Now that I am over 40 and have discovered The Ordinary retinoid 2% emulsion I'm pretty sure I'll be sticking with this brilliant product! As a test I started by using this on the back of my hands that were very dry and damaged by a persistent bout of dermatitis and steroid treatment. I saw an instant improvement with just a couple of drops at night followed by a nourishing oil. Within a few weeks my hands looked totally healed, and I'm very happy with the results. Adore Beauty has some really great guides to The Ordinary products which I read to select this as my best option. And don't forget to also use sunscreen as retinoid will increase your sun sensitivity, but you always use sunscreen anyway - right??
  85. Will definitely restock

    This is a great serum to introduce into any beauty routine. I have noticed a reduction in my fine lines and acne scarring. A really nice lightweight serum. Def recommend
  86. Fresh faced!!!

    I have been using Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% for just over a week and my face feels great and looks very fresh and smooth. I break my nightly routine into....ALA5% 2 nights and retinoid emolution 5 nights, and I am finding this method gives great results on my 70yo skin.
  87. Great alternative to an exfoliant

    I use this product instead of exfoliating and have seen a great improvement in my skin. I think I was over exfoliating beforehand but using this 3 times a week my skin feels very soft
  88. Got my skin glowing

    So happy with this, was the first active ingredient serum I started using and loved it. Skin really glowed and looks so clear. You've got to be careful with sun care though, my skin became more sensitive and prone to burning.
  89. Great product

    I've been using this for over a year. I use it every second night, letting it soak in a little before applying THE ORDINARY VITAMIN C SUSPENSION 30% IN SILICONE. There is a bit of residue in the morning on my face but doesn't make me break out. On the alternating nights use Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Will continue to use all 3 products as skin looks better than it did 5 or 10 years ago.
  90. Fantastic

    Since I've started using this, my acne has decreased and my skin texture is much more refined. I don't have as many pigmentation marks and I can really feel this product working to turn back time. Very good introduction to retinoids!
  91. It's a good entry level product for someone just starting with active products

    It's a great stepping stone. I love the 5% in squaline now :)
  92. Improved pigmentatuon and blackheads

    Since using this my blackheads have decreased. I use this every 2nd night and love it. My pigmentation has improved and my face looks generally clearer
  93. Use this

    Everyone quickly get onto your retinoids. Smooths out the skin, keeps your fine lines away. I love this product and the price is fab
  94. Didn’t love this product

    I didn’t love the product, the consistency wasn’t great, it was similar to a watery cream. It Didn’t leave my skin feeling any different. I wouldn’t buy it again.
  95. Does what it says

    Awesome product. Including for my sensitive skin. Reduces my breakouts and is slowly evening out my skin tone. Love being able to buy individual products from The Ordinary as my sensitive skin is usually reactive to at lease one ingredient in pre-made things.

    This didn't irritate my skin at all so I will be moving up to the stronger one next.
  96. 6 months in...

    My 16yo son's dry + acne proned facial skin used to be raw, inflamed and angry. Although he now takes prescribed Oratane his problematic skin still needed work.

    This Retinoid, alongside TO's Lactic acid 5% (the Salicylic acid 2% didn't work for him) has helped immensely with lesser breakouts, facial texture, and fading of blemishes that are left behind.

    The key to his now clearer, brighter, and manageable facial skin (alongside these products) would be persistence and consistency !!!

    So, watching my sons confidence grow these products get my vote !
  97. good value

    Smooth, creamy non-tacky serum, no irritation. Would still advise to use sparingly at first if your skin isn't used to retinol/retinoids. The price is the most attractive thing about this product because good retinoids can be expensive

    I can use this serum on sensitive areas like under the eyes, near the lips etc and it causes no flaking or redness . I have a prescription for Tretinoin but like to alternate with this serum to give my skin a break from the harshness of the medical-grade stuff. I would recommend if your skin is sensitive or you are just starting to use retinol
  98. Broke out - sensitive skin

    I bought this to help with anti aging. I have quite sensitive skin so was a little apprehensive about trying retinol/retinoid for the first time. Unfortunately, this made my face EXPLODE in pimples.

    My usually very sensitive skin did not flare up, it was mainly just the breakout.

    I will give it another few weeks to see if that calms down, but at the moment I won't be using this again.
  99. Great product

    I love this product, I noticed results almost immediately. I always wake up with more radiant skin after using this at night, and I often recommend this product to others. I definitely think that it helped clear up breakouts a lot faster too.
  100. Works well on my sensitive skin

    I have sensitive skin so I was a little hesitant about trying a product with 2% of retinol but after using the lower %s of retinol in the Ordinary range and not reacting to it, I decided to give it a go. The primary use of this product is for anti-aging and I have definitely noticed a reduction in the appearance of my fine lines on my forehead. I use this every second night. I also love how affordable it is.
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