The OrdinaryRetinal 0.2% Emulsion

The Ordinary Retinal 0.2% Emulsion
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The Ordinary Retinal 0.2% Emulsion
The Ordinary Retinal 0.2% Emulsion

Regimen Step 2: Treat

Our highest-strength retinoid formula with stabilized retinaldehyde for advanced age support, optimal for nighttime use.
15.20 GBP

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural Irregularities, Crow's Feet, Uneven Skin Tone

Suited to All Skin Types

Format Emulsion

Key ingredients
Retinaldehyde, synthetic oat analogues.
15.20 GBP
ph
6.0 - 7.0
water-free
No
alcohol-free
Yes
oil-free
Yes
silicone-free
Yes
vegan
Yes
gluten-free
Yes
cruelty-free
Yes

Overview

Description

In your regimen

  • Prep
  • Step 2: Treat
  • Seal

Use after water-based and anhydrous serums, before suspensions and creams.

About

Retinal 0.2% Emulsion is a very high strength retinoid formula that rapidly firms and smooths skin, while noticeably reducing the appearance of dark spots. It helps refine skin texture, while targeting uneven tone and boosting luminosity for brighter, more even-looking skin.





With a high 0.2% concentration of retinal, Retinal 0.2% Emulsion is able to noticeably improve skin firmness and improve the look of lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.





The serum-textured formula is suitable for all skin types, and is recommended for experienced users of retinoids. If you are new to using retinoids, we recommend exploring the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, or the Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, and progressing to higher strengths as your skin builds tolerance. For more tips on how to use Retinoids, be sure to explore our Retinoid Guide.





Retinal (also known as retinaldehyde) is a well-studied retinoid that offers more efficient delivery of the most direct form of vitamin A molecules than retinol, thanks to being 1 conversion step closer to the bioactive form of vitamin A.





Retinal 0.2% Emulsion also contains synthetic oat analogues (specifically avenanthramide a key beneficial component found in oats). This ingredient is known to help target skin discomfort and dryness, which are common concerns associated with retinoid use.





The bright yellow hue of the formula comes from the high concentration of retinal, which is naturally yellow. This may leave some residual colour on skin and light coloured fabrics, which can be minimised by allowing the product to fully absorb, and skin to dry before making contact with light-coloured fabrics. This residual colour can be removed by washing skin with water, and washing fabrics with your regular detergent according to their care instructions.





This product uses an airless pump, which can sometimes require priming before the product will dispense on first use. If your pump does not dispense product after 10 pumps, turn the product upside down and tap the cap end firmly on a hard surface a few times.

How to use

Product Directions

This product uses an airless pump, which can sometimes require priming before the product will dispense on first use. If your pump does not dispense product after 10 pumps, turn the product upside down and tap the cap end firmly on a hard surface a few times.

  • Apply a pea-sized amount to clean, dry face and neck in the evening.
  • Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes.
  • Start with a weekly application and gradually increase to twice a week, a few days apart, as tolerated by your skin.
  • Apply a moisturizer afterwards.
  • Do not use with other retinoid products.
  • Use sun protection during the day.
  • If irritation occurs, rinse off, cease use, and consult a physician.
  • Use only as directed on unbroken skin.
  • Patch testing prior to use is advised.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

Always patch test before use.

View Customer disposal instructions.

When to use

Use in PM

Good for

6 months after opening.

How to build a skin regimen

Step 1: Prep 5

Cleanse the skin and prepare it to receive active ingredients.

Step 2: Treat 8

Address specific skin concerns using targeted formulas. Always check each product's Usage Details to ensure products are compatible in the same routine.

Step 3: Seal 3

Lock in benefits and support the skin barrier.

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