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Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

30ml

Highly-Stable, Water-Free Solution of 0.2% Pure Retinol

water-free
water-free - YES
alcohol-free
alcohol-free - YES
oil-free
oil-free - NO
silicone-free
silicone-free - YES
nut-free
nut-free - YES
vegan
vegan - YES
gluten-free
gluten-free - YES
cruelty-free
cruelty-free - YES


This water-free solution contains 0.2% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin aging. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using Granactive Retinoid 2% or Granactive Retinoid 5% instead of this formula.

The Ordinary’s portfolio of retinoids includes the following formulations:

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)
Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)
Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)

Caution: Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths of Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way.

Note: Water can affect the stability of retinol. Additionally, plant oils in retinol formulations can trigger lipid peroxidation and can impair retinol integrity. This formula does not contain water, silicones, plant oils or alcohol.

EU Shipping Note: We are able to ship this product within the European Union. However, please note that the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has published an opinion on April 20, 2016 suggesting that Retinol content of cosmetics should be limited to 0.3% as summarized on page 67 of the publication listed below. While this opinion has not yet affected regulatory restrictions, it may in the near future and such restriction would apply to all products sold within the EU containing Retinol. We recommend considering Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% from The Ordinary if you are concerned about use of Retinol products.

Read the European Safety Report here.

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.

Directions

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.

Ingredients

Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT.

Our formulations are updated from time to time as part of our 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.

Recently on Social Media

The Ordinary products lined up horizontally with open lids with liquid being poured into them. Say hello to our extended range (🙈) of retinoid formulations, which now includes the high-strength, low-irritation, water-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free, super-lightweight Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, delivering 0.5% Direct Ester of All-Trans Retinoic Acid. Explore the full range at theordinary.com under Retinoids. ❤️🐒

A few comments on social media...

  • Oh wow, that 5% squalene sounds soo tempting 😍 If you ever come up with a great retinoid product with a strength of a prescription formula - that would be amazing. krystyna.ua
  • I must have them all! audie.benjamin
  • ✨god is good to us✨ an.eb
  • This is awesome! 👏 mariahbower
  • I continue to love The Ordinary more and more 😍😍😍 alexandrialayne_
  • This whole line is everything!! lackstar

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Retinol 0.2% in Squalane - 30ml
Available sizes:
30ml

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

30ml
Available sizes:
30ml
  • Byrdie / Curated 2017 Award
  • Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2017 Winner
  • CEW Beauty Award Winner 2017
  • Tatler Beauty Awards Winner 2017
  • Grazia Beauty Awards 2016 Breakthrough Brand Award
  • The Pool Beauty Awards 2016 Award
  • Glamour Beauty Power List 2017 Award
  • Into The Gloss Top 25 Award Winner
  • Look Beauty Awards 2017 Winner