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Retinol 0.2% in Squalane


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CLAIM TO FAME: A highly-stable, water-free solution of 0.2% pure retinol

FAST FACTS: Low-strength formulation minimizes risk of irritation; works to reduce the appearances of fine lines, photo damage, and of general skin aging; vegan, cruelty-free formula doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: Aging skin

January 10, 2018
”I already adore this formula! I’ve been using it for about 5 days only and I was impressed to see the smoothness in my skin right away, as well as improvement in my hyperpigmentation. I came to this forum to see if the responses in general are similar to mine (just to be sure the magic really was from this product), it really is :) So far, absolutely no signs of irritation as I was expecting, looking forward to up my retinol game as my skin gets more and more used to it.”
–null (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Retinol 0.2% in Squalane
INGREDIENTS: Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT

The Ordinary’s formulations are updated from time to time as part of the brand’s 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 Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena


Bought this for my mom because she wanted something that has anti-aging properties and such. She said that she wanted to use a retinol and I came across this product. She love this product so much that she had to keep it all to herself, she had to keep it away from me. ( because I am also using it for my pimple marks and scars lol). Would take it little by little. Starting with the lowest percentage which is 0.2. Would def repurchase

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 36

Acne galore

I bought this so that I can start to incorporate a retinol product in my routine. I used it for three weeks. During the first week, I thought I was just purging because there was a sudden outburst of tons of acne on my chin and forehead. After three weeks, I stopped using the product and my acne flare ups slowly disappeared. I just mixed it with my lotion so that it won't go to waste. I'll probably go to a dermatologist to ask for a retinol concoction for my skin. Won't repurchase this.

4 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 31


After using TO granactive retinoid 2% after a month or so, I started using this product. Once a week on the 1st week, then twice a week on the 2nd - 3rd week and every other night afterwards. Having seen the results, I would say I would never go back to a skincare regimen without retinol. My routine goes like this on the night I use this product: micellar water to remove make up, then I would wash my face with water, then hada labo toner, then the TO Retinol 0.2% in Squalane. I'm planning to up the concentration to .5% after I finish this bottle.

10 months ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 25

A Little Goes a Long Way

I tried this out because it's been recommended for acne-prone skin to use retinol. However, it's super tricky because if you use too much, it WILL make it worse. So far, I've been using this low dose for a month and I can honestly say that it does WONDERS. Again, the main thing with retinoids in general is to use it slowly (think the 1-2-3 steps) and start at the lowest dose because it can easily irritate your skin. Using a small amount is also highly advised. Trying this out, there was 0 irritation because of the squalane and I've noticed (and others too) that my pimple scars and spots aren't as dark and reddish anymore. So far, I'm using it 3 times a week as directed and again, it's a good start for anyone with acne prone skin! Once his bottle is finished, I'll up the dose, but otherwise, I highly recommend it! Just don't forget to put sunscreen during the morning as is makes your skin very photosensitive.

about 1 year ago
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