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Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane


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CLAIM TO FAME: A moderate strength, no-irritation, water-free solution containing super-lightweight anti-aging Granactive Retinoid

FAST FACTS: Contains a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex; offers a multi-fold better effect against multiple signs of aging without any of the irritation common with retinol use; vegan formula and cruelty-free and doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: Aging skin

November 17, 2017
”I’m in my late twenties and began noticing faint worry lines on my forehead, so I knew it was time to get serious about anti-aging. I chose this product as a great intro to retinoids plus it has squalane. My skin is highly tolerant and resilient, but it is important to ease this product into your routine! I used it at most twice (maybe thrice) a week, but I was still experiencing pilling. So I chose to add it after letting other acids (AHAs or BHAs) sit on my face for 20 min and then letting this sit for an additional 20 min before my creams. Three drips on the back of my hand is enough for my entire face and neck. Almost three months later and those worry lines are gone and my face is noticeably firmer!”
–FR (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
INGREDIENTS: Squalane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

The Ordinary’s formulations are updated from time to time as part of a commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

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.

Caution: Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. Sun protection is particularly important when using retinoids. This product must not be used in conjunction with other retinoids, including retinol or retinoic acid. This product is not a treatment for acne. Acne-prone skin may experience a temporary increase in acne during the first few weeks of using any form of retinoid including those used in this formulation.

Note: When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids, such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 30

Great product for starters

If you’re new in using actives, this is a really good product to start. It has the lowest active percentage and is very gentle on the skin. I started using this product 3 months ago. Using it once a week for the first few weeks, increasing the frequency as my skin gets accustomed to retinoid. Now, I use it nightly. Texture improvement can be visible after two weeks of regular use. The color of acne marks naman, after four weeks. ‘Wag magexpect ng madaliang effect kasi starter pack pa lang ito. Would I buyagain? No. Lol. I would choose a higher percentage na next time :)

18 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 27

Smaller pores and younger looking face

I'm 27 and a bit insecure with my age now haha so did some research on how to continue looking young..this one is highly recommended so I tried. I've used it for more than 2 months now and people mistake me for looking 23 or 24 so probably working. Feels like oil when you put it on your face. No irritation or breakouts with this. I think I'm ready for Level 2 - -the 5 %.

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 29

a bit conflicted

I'm a bit concerned with the authenticity of this product since its consistency is quite different from the youtube reviews. This product is watery and transparent while the ones on youtube is thicker and opaque.. In terms of effect, my face is now in the process of purging. If you're someone who's not a fan of this then this product may not be the one for you.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 18

looks better

I really enjoy this product I haven't been using it log but my face has not reacted badly to it I didn't see that my face looks a little bit better my pores have shrunk dramatically and I do see a more youthful look to my face it doesn't look as tired and dry love this product definitely recommends

3 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 28


I have deep scarring. I can't say it really helped the deep scarring but it definitely made a difference with the redness and it reduces appearance of pores on my face and smoothes out the overall texture. This serum causes me no irritation or dryness at all. And it absorbs really quickly so that I can get on with my routine. I definitely recommend you purchase this product if you're thinking about it, works wonders!!

3 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 31


I have been hearing a lot of great things about the ordinary; hence I decided to try it. Problem is I had a hard finding it and someone told me that it is available here in BMNL, I had to waitlist though since the product is sold out. So anyway, I have been using for about 3 weeks and it's great. It met my expectation and it's definitely true that it will not irritate your skin. I can feel my skin is very plump and smooth when I use it. I only use it 2x a week to be safe, will try to use daily in the long run.

5 months ago
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