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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Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 29

Carla Shane

Vitamin A can be very irritating but since this is formulated in squalane, putting this on is soothing, calming and hydrating. I would only put this at night and would wake up with a bouncy, plump skin. I always look forward every night to put this on! I would recommend this formulation to my dry sisters out there.

about 1 month ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestizo
  • Age 35

love this

I always order this and always on the waitlist since this is really good product it makes my skin look young and removes visible wrinkles and also this control my oilyness and i really love how this product performs. I can really suggest this product. A must buy i should have known this when i was 25

about 1 month ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 58

Light and gentle

Compared to retinol in squalene, this serum is definitely lighter And absorbs quicker which I just love! It didn’t give me any too harsh adverse reactions too which I appreciate since I bravely used this while we had school. I can’t vouch for any anti aging effects yet since I’m young but I feel that this will really serve me well in the future

3 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 29

All-in-one serum

I usually get forehead comedones and this serum cleared my skin. It is gentle and yet moisturizing at the same time. My skin looks radiant the next day and it does not cause any redness. I’m almost finish with my bottle and it lasted for 3 months. I’ll purchase the 5% next time. This is my holy grail serum.

4 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type on
  • Skin Tone on
  • Facial Features on/oo
  • Age 18

Not for everybody.

This product is not for every body. Been using this product for 45 days. Texture improved, but, on my forehead small pimples appeared with some bigger ones on other parts of my face that take quite a long time to disappear. I do not think I will continue using the product.

5 months ago
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 :)

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