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Retinol 1% in Squalane



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CLAIM TO FAME: A highly-stable, water-free solution of 1% pure retinol

FAST FACTS: High-strength formulation works to reduce the appearances of fine lines, photo damage, and general skin aging; refines and clarifies to boost skin tone, texture, and vitality; vegan, cruelty-free formula doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: A silky, supple, radiant complexion

February 5, 2018
”I love this product!”

”I had previously used the retinoid emulsion and the 5% granactive retinoid in squalane and although the published research behind the granactive retinoid is promising, I was eventually won over by the decades of research backing the retinol (1% retinol ≈ 0.05% retinoic acid).”

”I was worried about irritation but I have tolerated it much better than I expected. I had some slight irritation the first week but after that I have only had a little dryness.”

”I am very fond of squalene and love it as a vehicle for the retinol. I read some complaints about it not absorbing very well, but while I wouldn’t lie cheek-down on my pillow immediately after application, I have found that with a moisturizer on top, it absorbs very well within half an hour.”
”It is completely odorless, as opposed to the granactive retinoid 5% in squalene, which has a slightly unappealing smell which can linger on your skin. Furthermore, the granactive retinoid 5% in squalene would leave a slightly yellow mark on my pillowcase (possibly because of a higher tomato fruit extract content), while the retinol 1% in squalane does not.”
–BMO (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Retinol 1% 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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  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 29

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I got this item last March 4 and started using it on the same day up until today, March 14. Based on research, a toner should be used first before applying retinol then a moisturizer. Also, one should start on a lower dosage. I didn't do the last part. I jumped on the 1% even though this is my first time to use retinol because I know my face can take it (and luckily, it did). I have oily skin with enlarged pores and I was hoping this will help me, and I think it did. After a week of using this as part of my night time skincare routine, I noticed that my face is less oily, especially the T-zone and my sister commented that my pores are not as prominent as before. Note : This product is oily but it didn't cause me to break out. Sharing my night skincare routine : - Cleanse (The Face Shop Herb Day 365 - Aloe Vera) - Toner (Wildleaf Witch Hazel Rosy Toner) - Retinol (The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane) - Emulsion (The Face Shop Collagen) - Ampoule (The Face Shop Ampoule Sleep Mask) Added a step after receiving the serum I ordered (March 12) : - Cleanse (The Face Shop Herb Day 365 - Aloe Vera) - Toner (Wildleaf Witch Hazel Rosy Toner) - Serum (Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum) - Retinol (The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane) - Emulsion (The Face Shop Collagen) - Ampoule (The Face Shop Ampoule Sleep Mask) So far, this combo works for me. Before having retinol in my skincare routine, my face would look "ok" but with big pores that I need to conceal but would still show once my face starts to oil up. Right now, as of writing, the texture of my face feels softer and plump. Improved pores even without makeup

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