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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane 30ml

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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is a water-free solution that contains a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.


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  • Vegan

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Skin Concern:

  • First signs of ageing
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

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4.5 of 94 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Love this!


I have been using this for almost a year and it has changed my skin for the better! It's gentle (I have sensitive skin) and has evened out my skin tone and I have a smoother complexion and firmer skin. Highly recommend this!

Most Helpful Criticism

Good but didn't work well on my acne scars.


I bought this product to target my acne scars as I was recommended incorporating retinol into my skincare routine. It is a good product generally speaking but I haven't found it to really help much with my acne scars. I know retinol takes time to show effects but even so, 6 months of using it and I'm not overly impressed with the results. That being said, I don't hate the product either. I will continue using it as I still have almost a whole left but it could just be that my acne scars didn't respond to the product as I had hoped (rather than the product itself being bad).
  1. No difference


    Not noticed any difference in my skin using this. I won't repurchase.
  2. Breakouts


    This is the second product i have tried from the Ordinary and much to my disappointment they have both caused breakouts and no improvement at all.
  3. Love this!


    I have been using this for almost a year and it has changed my skin for the better! It's gentle (I have sensitive skin) and has evened out my skin tone and I have a smoother complexion and firmer skin. Highly recommend this!
  4. Ok


    I tried this instead of my usual retinoid from the ordinary, I found it didn’t work as well as the one without squalene, it may be good if you have dry skin and find the retinoids on it’s own too harsh however I felt this didn’t work as well for me.
  5. Holy Grail!


    I couldn't love this product more! I have sensitive and fair skin, redness and blemishes and I had noticed my skin becoming textured even with my best skincare efforts - this product has been key in turning that around! Minimised pores, smooth texture and tone, reducing redness and improving overall appearance - is there anything this gem can't do! I didn't experience any sensitivity but others may, so follow the usage instructions until you see how it works for you. No regrets, l would recommend this to everyone and I will 100% be buying this again.
  6. Amazing


    I've suffered with PCOS skin issues for years. I've used this for a week with some other products in the range and not only had no more cystic acne popping up but the rough scarring on my chin is already smoother. A must have for PCOS sufferers.
  7. Fabulous non irritating retinoid


    A great product, has taken my skin to the next level. Has made a great difference in improving my skin tone and texture. I have not had any issues with tolerating this product.
  8. Works great


    I started with the 2% and will definitely be moving up to the 5% once my bottle finishes. I found this has helped with my scarring overall skin texture. I personally find that this works best after thoroughly cleansing the skin, applying it on to bare skin and finishing with kiehls ultra face cream. I started finding results after continuous use vs. sporadic
  9. Not good for me


    Didn’t do anything much at all. Not a product that is recommend :(
  10. Love it!!


    I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin since using this product. When I break out it clears up a lot quicker and overall complexion has improved. I want to try the 5% next time but would highly recommend this product to people with problem skin
  11. Good but didn't work well on my acne scars.


    I bought this product to target my acne scars as I was recommended incorporating retinol into my skincare routine. It is a good product generally speaking but I haven't found it to really help much with my acne scars. I know retinol takes time to show effects but even so, 6 months of using it and I'm not overly impressed with the results. That being said, I don't hate the product either. I will continue using it as I still have almost a whole left but it could just be that my acne scars didn't respond to the product as I had hoped (rather than the product itself being bad).
  12. I really wanted to love this


    For the price and hype I really wanted to love this. I felt it Made no difference to my skin..
  13. Perfect intro to retinoids


    Love this! Makes my skin feel so soft and the results are pretty good! I feel that it has definitely with some of my fine lines. Highly recommend!
  14. Helping to reduce pimple scarring


    I have been using this product for around 2 weeks now. It’s an oil-based product, so I put it on after cleansing and toning, but before my night oil (Kiehl's midnight recovery oil). I have to ensure I put lip balm on before using this product, as I have found it dries out my lips. I have also noticed that I have obviously been forgetting to place the product between my nostrils, and the skin there has dried out as well. However, this product makes my skin feel renewed by the morning, and it is slowly helping me reduce the redness/scars left by healed pimples (the reason I purchased this product to begin with). I am using this in the PM paired with the Niacinamide (in the AM) and I have noticed a reduction of new pimples, and that they are healing more quickly.
  15. Great


    I have combination/acne prone skin. This product is great for anti aging and it also helps with my scar. I don’t have any negative reaction using this and I’m also grateful for the price. Definitely recommend.
  16. Better than other high end retinoids


    Super hydrating, feels like silk. I’ve used other high end products and this is just as good if not better!
  17. Like it


    I love the ordinary. This makes my skin more even, smooth, toned, and soft! An amazing product for the price and lasted a fair while considering the size of the bottle!
  18. Great


    So happy with this product
    I've been using this product for at least 6 months now and keep getting compliments about how clear my skin is. A bit oily, but easily absorbed. I am very happy with the results!
  19. Best value


    This bottle lasts a long time and the product goes a long way. Such good value so you can’t go wrong
  20. 10/10


    Retinol is great for anti aging and I couldn’t be happier that this product caused no irritation to my sensitive skin.100% recommend and grateful for the low price!!!
  21. Great


    ive had irritation with retinol before but never with this!


    this helps me achieve my flawless skin! I sometimes use it all over the body! It is cheap but it works! This is a must!
  23. No turning back! Amazing


    This was the first retinol product I ever used and since then I have not looked back! Retinol is a must have product ingredient for anyone looking to fight the signs of aging. I have since moved on to a stronger retinol as my skin became use to this one but that was after a very long time. I have very sensitive skin which is combination (break outs but also dry and some fine lines) at first my skin started peeling and felt red tight and dry so cut down my usage to every 3rd -4th night then built up to every second night. I use very moisturising products between applications and my skin is now the best it’s ever been. Make sure you only use a pea size amount for the whole face as too much is only going to upset and irritate your skin! Great product and such a great starting point! You won’t look back I promise!!
  24. Great product


    Great product containing a vitamin A metabolite without producing redness or sensitivity. Unlike other vitamin A products, this made my skin smooth and plump without any redness or hypersensitivity. Great price point and overall, an excellent product.
  25. AH-MAZING!


    Such amazing results for the price and still a very potent formulation. It did take some adjusting for my skin but the reaction definitely wasn't horrible, and the results are worth it!
  26. My first retinoid - took some time to adjust


    I purchased this product as i was interested in trying a retinol / retinoid product and i had read that this was a good one to start with for those with sensitive skin.

    I did find that my skin took several weeks to adjust and i had some flaking and dryness for the first 3-4 weeks. I am glad i stuck with it as have been very happy with the results, both in terms of fine lines and mild adult acne.
  27. best Retinol serum in my skin


    It works in my skin definitely and I am a big fan for Squalane as well.
    Less irritated but enough retinol, so it is a great serum.
    The price is so friendly, will repurchase and highly recommended.
  28. Packs a moisture punch


    I use this in my night time skincare routine, and it packs a lot of moisture into my skin. I just let it sit while I sleep and I wake up the next morning with dewy skin!
  29. Awesome product that doesn't break the bank


    I've been using The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene for about a year. I have found that since adding it to my routine, my skin has looked clearer - with the product helping some of my cystic acne scars.
  30. gently on skin


    Been using this few weeks. It doesn't irritate my skin. I use whole face and eyes. Will upgrade to higher dose 5% once finish
  31. Fantastic!


    Love this product! I only use a few times a week and am starting to see the benefits. Love the packaging too, it's a very cool dropper and glass bottle.
  32. Great product. I've noticed a difference in my smile lines


    I've been using this product since mid-last year and I've noticed a difference in the appearance of the smile lines under my eyes, in particular. When I haven't been using it for a period due to running out, they definitely look more pronounced.
    It layers beautifully with my other nighttime products (TO Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, TO 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil).
    It hasn't caused me any irritation, even after exfoliation, and applying 3 times per week.
  33. My 1st The Ordinary product

    Broken Silver

    I have almost finished the bottle. I did not get any allergic reactions to the product. Whats nice is that it spreads very easily and lasts for a long time. I recently up graded to the 5% Granactive Retinoid. There is what I believe to be a natural smell to the product, meant to be used in the PM/night anyway.
  34. No difference in my skin


    I am about half way through this bottle. The only positives about this product would be that it didn't irritate my skin. This is the first time for me using retinol. I am 34, with combination, acne prone skin. I don't show any visible signs of aging skin such as wrinkles, however my skin is a bit dehydrated and it shows more around my eyes. My main skin concern is acne. I have been using this serum every night and it spread across my skin very easily. A little does go a long way. Other than that though, I have not seen any significant change in my skin. No brightness, no reduction in my acne. Even though it wasn't exactly a costly product, I would not buy it again.
  35. Rich in moisture


    I use this in my night time skincare routine, and it packs a lot of moisture into my skin. I just let it sit while I sleep and I wake up the next morning with dewy skin!
  36. Very easy to use & great for sensitive skin


    Purchased for my Mum who has had bad reactions to other anti ageing formulas in the past. This is a very thin serum, easy to apply & doesn't cause any irritations to her skin. Benefits are already beginning to show after only 2 applications over the past week. Highly recommend
  37. Dewy skin base


    This serum adds so much moisture back into my skin straight out of the shower. I get dry skin and it loves this product. I’ve been using it for months and it’s my favourite Ordinary product!
  38. Great product


    Really nice to apply & no inflammation / redness on my skin - which you can sometimes get with Retinoids.
    I will definitely be purchasing again!
  39. Amazing


    I changed to this from the emulsion version as I herd it is better for younger skin - I love it :) skin looks more soft and plump in the morning and soaks in quick - I have combination skin and this doesn’t make my face shiny
  40. Great!


    Just finished my first bottle of this!

    I’m a 28 year old with oily, sensitive skin prone to a lot of white heads and a few dark spots due to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. No signs of deep wrinkles yet, but a few tiny lines around my eyes and that’s it.

    I love the consistency of this, a little goes a long way as it spreads quite easily. Felt even moisturising whilst applying it to my face which was great and I didn’t experience any irritation at all.

    I can’t attest how this product goes with wrinkles as I don’t really have any yet, but my skin texture is wonderfully smooth and whenever I get a few pimples this product diminishes them fast. Haven’t noticed any fading of my dark spots after using this product though.

    I always dab whatever product is left on my fingers around my eyes, so maybe that’s why I haven’t seen any wrinkles yet! But I loved this product and this is great to use for as part of your ageing gracefully routine!

    Moving onto the 5% retinol now, thoroughly enjoyed using this and highly recommend to even the most sensitive of skins as it’s quite gentle.
  41. Love it


    A great retinol product - it produces great results and hasnt given me any breakouts. My skin is smoother and brighter than before. A great price point.
  42. Very effective


    Started using this again a few weeks ago and have really noticed a difference in my skin. I love it. Will repurchase for sure. Very cost effective for the quality of the product.
  43. Promising early results


    Backround info: 28, fair skin that is prone to cystic acne and scarring, no signs of ageing yet. Purchased to even out my skintone and improve scarring/pigmentation after many years of acne. I currently wear another brand of oil to bed so I'm used to this squalane formula. Normally, I wake up with nice and even skin from the oil I was already using, but notice when I use the retinoid, I am waking up with uneven skin, reddish in places and not fresh - so that's a negative for me. However, it IS making my skin feel much tighter and more plump, and I already wear makeup during the day so I don't mind waking up with uneven skin if it's actually plumping it up. I am also using this on my entire chest as I have suffered from cystic acne that has left horrible marks. When I wake up, my chest is BEAUTIFUL and soft and even toned. The scarring is fading also. I will continue to use this product. The way I'm using it is in the PM after I have washed my face with a salicyclic acid wash with a facial cleansing brush, then using salicylic toner, then this retinoid. I have not experienced any irritation and do not need a moisturiser on top as the squalane is extremely hydrating for me and not drying. No dry patches to report. As far as anti ageing and firming of the skin goes - this is perfect. I have also noticed a reduction in my pores, and I have only used it three times so I really believe this product works!
  44. Like it at first but now I have second thoughts (Follow-up review after 1 month)


    I have used this for more than a month now. I really appreciate the effect of retinoid. Although the ordinary claims that this product is very mild, it still causes some irritation to me which is tolerable. The main thing that I don't like about his product is the solvent - Squalane. When I applies it to the skin, it feels like it's not absorbing and just stay on top of my skin. Because of this, I easily get it on my pillow case and I think that's a waste of the product. I will try the Granactive Retinoid emulsion and see whether it will be absorbed into the skin better.
  45. It’s working


    I have started using this the last 2 weeks, 3 times a week. I use it along with other The Ordinary products and it’s definitely working on my skin. I’m in my 40s and so far it has brightened my skin but I’m hoping it ends up reducing pigmentation over time. I’ve sensitive skin and have had no reactions. Worth a try for the price!
  46. Retinol at its finest!


    I really like this serum. I use it at night, after the lactic acid serum. It's plumps out my skin and in the morning, I swear it's less wrinkly. I have combination skin and I find it helps keep down flakiness and oiliness.
  47. Good start, great for hands!


    I'm 42, dry skin, freckles. As I have never used retinols/retinoids I started at this low strength formula. I did find it a bit greasy, though it did not break me out. As I have been really getting in to caring for my skin, I'm not sure what positive attributes this is causing on my face as I use many products, I have however found a BIG difference in my hands. I have been applying this to my hands most nights the last couple of weeks, followed by a moisturiser or cream. I had extremely crepey, wrinkly, freckly, "old lady" hands and this has smoothed and softened them unbelievably! So, it must be helping on my face too! I will purchase again, but the higher strength, even if it's just for the results on my hands!
  48. Finally a product which prevents acne!


    I am a twenty five year old woman who has fair combination complexion prone to hormonal acne. I have been using The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane for approximately 6 months now and I am still on the same bottle! I use this product approximately 5 times a week at night. I have not noticed any visible changes in my skin, although I have not suffered from any major signs of ageing (yet!). I find The Ordinary's Retinoid helps my skin from breaking out. Since using the product I have not suffered from hormonal cystic acne.
  49. Fantastic


    Lovely product. This is my first retinol, and it's definitely refined my skin tone
  50. Great


    I've used it a couple of times now with no irritation. Every other Retinoid I've used has irritated my skin horribly. Definitely worth a try, especially at such a reasonable price.
  51. Amazing!


    My skin looks glows, product didn't irritate my sensitive skin, great over moisturiser in winter months.
  52. Night treatment


    Amazing to use before bed if you want to wake up with clear smooth skin. Fights wrinkles effectively.
  53. This is amazing!


    My skin has not looked this good in forever, I’ve been using this every night for the past few months. I loved it so much I recommend it to everyone and even brought my mum a bottle.
  54. Great product for a great price


    I’ve used other retinol products with a much heftier price tag so wanted to give this one a go for its affordability and reputation and so far I’ve been very happy. I started out using it slowly, once a week, then twice now the recommended 3 times a week and haven’t had any reactions. My skin overall looks clearer and I think it’s having an effect. Will definitely continue using!
  55. Amazing products but need to be cautious when introducing it to the skin


    This product has amazing effects. After I use it for two times, it causes a really good purging with blackheads coming out of the pores every time I wash my face. It feels so good with them leaving my pores. However, be aware that your skin will look very rough and horrible during the purging. It looks worse before it gets better. Make sure you will not be around some mean friends after using this or they will have a good laugh at you...
    ALERT!!!. Be very slow when introducing this product to your skin. I am a first time retinol/retinoid user. I put too much on the first time and it caused red, inflamed patches after 2 days! Remember to dilute it, patch test and wait for AT LEAST 3 DAYS before using it at full strength and all over the face. You will regret if you do not go slow.
  56. Repeat purchase - awesome stuff!


    This is a brilliant product for all-round improvement to the appearance of my (40 year old) skin. I'm on my 2nd bottle. Lasts ages, even with nightly use, and I have never experienced any irritation. I have also tried The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid Emulsion, and find this much more effective. Highly recommended.
  57. Great!


    I bought this about 10 months ago and have been using it on and off (not a fault of the product, just me getting lax with skincare for a few months) and my skin doesn't have an issue with it at all! I really enjoy how soft it makes my skin feel especially because of the squalane. I'm not sure how well the retinol is doing however. My skin is usually quite dry so the minimising of my smile lines might be due to the moisture rather than the retinol, but it doesn't irritate me and does a decent job! And for the price you can't go too wrong.
  58. Good


    I've used it a few times every night and have already noticed a difference in the really fine lines under my eyes. I have very oily skin and thought I'd be able to omit moisturizer from my nightly regimen (since there is oil in the product). However, I noticed tiny dry patches appearing when I put my foundation on. This is nothing bad against the product, but I'm going to use a moisturizer again at night and would recommend that for everyone regardless of their skin type.
  59. good product :)


    I recently just got introduced to the maze of chemical skincare and a friend of mine told me to have a try on The Ordinary Retinoid/Retinol products. I have normal/dry skin and had no irritation/reactions from using it on my face and neck area. However, it made my neck all red and sensitive. I had to strain myself from scratching all over the neck area. Luckily, it only lasted for 2-3 days. Now I use it every night. I did notice there is some difference after a few weeks. But I will switch to other The Ordinary retinol/retinoid products to see which one works better for me.
  60. Nice evening product


    I purchased this as part of a new regime from the Ordinary. I have used it for about ten weeks. My skin is somewhat oily but this hasn’t broken me out at all and feels nice and smooth. I have used it for a bit of light evening Gua Sha and it works pretty well for that - it stays slippery for a few minutes. I can’t say for sure that I’ve seen any dramatic improvements through using this hence the moderate score.
  61. Skin feels lovely


    Have just started using this, I have normal to dry skin so was worried this would dry out my skin. But I had no reactions to it and my skin felt so soft and dewy the next morning. I haven't been using it long enough to judge the effects on my pores or wrinkles yet so will need to update my review at a later date.
  62. needed something for my first signs of age


    I have been applying this on my fine lines and enlarged pores and have noticed my skin looks better in the morning, my normally HUGE pores dont look so obvious. I plan to go to the next strength up after this bottle because I've had no iriitation or problems with it at all.
  63. Very Happy with the results


    I have been using The Ordinary range of products for approx 5 weeks now and the result I have achieved have been better than I could have ever expected.
    I use the Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane in the evening prior to The Victamin C 30% and my skin is smoother and clearer now than 10 years ago.
    It was little oily at first so I used a little and only in the evenings but I am now noticing that my skin appears to be absorbing the product better and the oiliness has gone after about 10 minutes. My skin is definitely healthier
  64. Amazing


    The most amazing product I’ve ever used .
    Wake up in the morning with the most refreshed smooth skin and seams to be helping with pores
  65. Worth the purchase


    Purchased this product after recommendation from The Ordinary via email. A small amount goes a long way. Used at night so no issue with applying foundation over the top of it. Although appears oily on initial application it is quickly absorbed into the skin. Very happy with purchase.
  66. Amazing


    I purchased this product to help lighten some post acne pigmentation, and its definitely made a difference to my skin. I use it every night and not only does it slowly but surely lighten pigmentation my skin also wakes up looking much more plump and healthy. I'm also convinced its stopped my breakouts! im excited to try the 5% formula
  67. Made my skin shiny


    My skin became very shiny after using this product, so much that my foundation just wouldn't buff into my skin and would just sit on top and wore off really quickly
  68. Definite results but a little sensitivity


    I’m 40 and have oily/acne/sensitive/patchy skin with a few wrinkles in all the usual places. I have used this three times so far and I have to say, it’s the first Ordinary product with which I have noticed immediate results. My skin is definitely plumped, more smooth and the tone much more even. As a result, I probably got a bit carried away and put it on too often (despite instructions otherwise) and did develop a small reaction around my eyes. I should have known better. My own fault but I put this here more to hasten users to please adhere to the product advice :). Looking forward to trying it again....sparingly
  69. I don't notice a difference


    I haven't seen any improvements having used The Ordinary products for around a year, including The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane. I don't think it has a negative affect however.
  70. I'm obsessed!


    I love this product line! I have purchased at least 5 of their products over the last 9 months and really loved every single one. However, if you only grab one, this is the one to try in my opinion. I bought it because Kim Kardashian recommended it (I know, I know... but if its good enough for her, right?) and at this price point, I wanted to compare to my super pricey Luna oil.

    I still keep my Luna in rotation, but am obsessed with this product! I am almost out and am considering trying out the 5%, but really loved how well this one did. NO irritation and I noticed a huge huge dramatic decrease in my hormonal acne.
  71. Great value!


    I love the ordinary line because they offer quality products at a low price! This is perfect for sensitive skin as it doesn’t doesn’t cause the same irritation as other retinols do. Great for preventing aging, or for when you’re just starting out with anti aging. If you need something stronger you could go for the 5% but as I’m only using it for preventative measures at the moment I feel like this is perfect for me.
  72. Fantastic and effective product


    Being in my 30s made me realise that I should be actively looking for anti-aging products that won't break the bank and yet provide sustained and long-lasting effects. This is one of those products.

    I can really see the difference in my skin's texture and appearance after a few uses. My skin seems to thank me profusely whenever I use this! I would definitely continue using and purchasing TO's retinol for as long as it's available at Adore Beauty.

  73. Meh


    This product is fine - didn't break me out, but didn't do anything particularly amazing, either. I have sensitive, acne-prone, dehydrated skin.
  74. Perfect solution for me!


    I have combination dehydrated skin which can be sensitive at times, especially when I exfoliate. This product definitely helps with my fine lines and aging just without the tingling that other retinoids have caused me. Love the product! Recommended.
  75. Reduced pigment


    Hate the squalone as it doesn't help with pimples and can't seem to layer with sucess as it doesn't soak in. However, it significantly reduced my hyperpigmentation from pregnancy (mild pregnancy mask). I'm shocked as I had a 4mm patch under my eye, like a big freckle, and after a few months of twice weekly it is gone!!! I feel paler BUT it might be due to avoiding the sun now and being more SPF aware haha.
  76. great product to start with


    this stuff is great. I had never used retinol when I purchased this, so I opted for the lower percentage. no irritation, and a big difference in the all around appearance of my skin. I now use the higher strength, but this was a good place to start.
  77. Omg in love.


     I am still to see any changes in my skin but I am very sensitive and this didn't cause any redness or stinging like some products which is great!
  78. On the Fence


    I cannot quite work out if I am in love with this product. I definitely like it as I can see/feel it working when I apply it at night (expect slight irritation/warmness to skin and even stinging) but I don't think it works as well as some of the Vitamin C serums that are available. Although their vitamin C products do not have a retinoid, I feel they do a better job on my dry/sensitive skin in reversing the signs of ageing and giving my skin a radiant glow. However, this is a pleasant, relatively gentle retinoid that will definitely put a pep in your skin's step, you just can't predict how much...
  79. Amazing!!!


    I have only been using this product for about two weeks and can’t believe the transformation in my skin. I have some very stubborn acne scars which have reduced quite considerably and my skin is looking plumper and so smooth. I have tried so many other skincare products and skin treatments, but nothing compares to the results of this product. Highly recommend this to anyone with acne scarring.
  80. Good, small, but noticeable effects


    I got this product because retinoids are supposedly the best thing you can apply to prevent aging. I like the feeling of this going on; it's a lot more elegant than other The Ordinary products I've tried, and the squalane feels nice and moisturising in a very "natural" way. It doesn't sit like a film on my combination-oily skin.

    I don't have a lot of factors that this serum is here to solve. I don't have fine lines yet, nor do I have acne nor scarring. So it's a bit harder for me to define what this serum does for me, but I do definitely see results. Since adding this 5-6x a week, I feel like my skin is much more consistently radiant. That consistency is what this retinoid does for me - usually my skin will have great days, but also days where it's dull, dry, or overly oily. But since starting this it's always been quite balanced and rarely ever dull looking.

    I'm curious to try the 5% one because I hate to miss out, but to be honest, I think this one is perfectly good for me.


    This product is literally AMAZING - it goes on so well and is so moisturising, and you cant beat the price point! I use this every second night and I can already see my acne scars fading, I am forever going to be a fan of The Ordinary and I need all of their products!
  82. Already recommended to friend!


    To be completely honest, I was hooked in when I found out that Kim Kardashian used the other version of this but it was sold out so I bought this as an alternative. For the fraction of the price of most other serums, I think it's amazing! I've been using it approx 5 nights out of the week and it've definitely noticed that I wake up to glowy skin.It's helped me achieve a smoother and even complexion. I still use a night cream on top to seal in moisture but I only need half the amount as this is hydrating enough.
    I have already recommended it to a colleague who also bought it!
    I've also just purchased a dermal roller to help this work even harder.
  83. Fixed my keratosis pilaris


    Ive suffered from KP for 13 years. I’ve tried sooooo many different products and methods and nothing ever worked...
    I thought I’d give this a try cause I thought $20? If it doesn’t work for that I can incorporate into my face routine
  84. It works


    I used the retinoid emulsion before this and got ok results, but like I this more! I use it at night as it's oily but don't mind that, I wouldn't use it for day wear because of the oil.


    I am 16 but due to previous acne medications my skin has some premature aging (fine lines) I also have acne scarring and discolouration around my eye area. I purchased this product hoping it would hydrate my skin, get rid of some fine lines, get rid of texture and possibly even some scarring.

    Lemme just tell you.. IT LASTS AGES! Dont be fooled by the small bottle, you only use it once a day and i only use small amounts, i've been using it for months and months. I only really started seeing results halfway through the bottle.. But it had beautiful results. I definitely think i need a stronger % though :-)
  86. This.w.o.r.k.s!


    I am a previously disappointed buyer of the ordinary products. But my desperation to find retinol based products for my ageing skin with a reasonable price, I yet chose the ordinary again.

    Note: I am 41 and suffer from perioral dermatitis (ahhhhh!).

    I didn't expect much. BUT! BUT! BUT! It WORKS!
    I noticed the next morning which I thought hmmm I must be imagining.
    Then, 2nd and 3rd day, I couldn't deny the improvements I was seeing.
    My skin text has improved and tiny little skin bumps have disappeared. Yay!

    Granactive Retinoid 2% is the only new product I have introduced to my nightly skin regime so it can't be anything else.

    I am soooooooo glad that I've decided to give the ordinary one more go.
  87. Different to what I thought


    I was excited to start using a retinoid from The Ordinary as I had heard about the benefits of this product. What surprised me was the consistency - it has an oily feel to it. Once it has been applied to my face it is quickly absorbed. I apply this at night and the next morning my skin feels great. I am hoping this has long term benefits with fine lines and pigmentation.
  88. Confused


    I bought this retinoid thinking it was the same as the last retinoid I’ve been using from The Ordinary line maybe even better but boy was I wrong. This has been breaking me out like crazy ever since using it, which sucks. I don’t like the formula of this one, it’s more like a greasy oil feel. Not for me and my skin type I guess.
  89. WORTH IT!!


    My skin ranges from being severely dry and cracked to having the most oiliest T-Zone... Also filled with pimples, blackheads and all sorts of skin issues. I also suffer from sensitive skin which I know for some people it can be hard to find a product that suits you.

    After using this product for a week....Yes that's right for a week!! I instantly noticed change in my skin. The smallest amount goes a longggg way so don't over use it!

    It doesn't make my skin more oily as I know some products do, I recommend to use a thin layer (Small drop) every second/ third night depending how severe your case is. I put this on after I've cleansed and toned my face (At night) and go to bed with it on.

    You can really tell this product is absorbing into your skin giving you the clearest complexion in the morning. I know some serums for night use leave your skin oily AFFF in the morning.

    It has restored the oils in my skin, where it was dry, cracked and itchy!
    My acne/ pimple scars and scabs have gone lighter in complexion. I no longer have many red areas on my face where my pimples gather up.

    Wrinkles and fine lines have cleared up, pigment in my skin is much better, especially in the nose area where people tend you get redness.

    I have tried countless of products and this by far has worked for me the best! The price also talks for itself! I could honestly talk about this product all day, but should let you be the judge of the sensational product. Good luck!
  90. Think It's Meeting the Mark


    I had previously used the Ordinary's retinol in silicone (discontinued) and while I read that this is a much better mixture and I can attest to the fact that there is significantly less irritation to my skin than previous, I also feel as though it working is less obvious than the prior version.

    I have a severely oily t-zone, so only the smallest amount of product is required or it just makes me feel excessively oily (even if only applied of an evening)

    I use this product in a bid to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and break outs.

    I do totally dig the packaging though, love the little glass jar and stopper!

    As for whether I recommend this or not - the jury is still out on the final say. But it seems to be at least meeting the requirements so far.
  91. Amazing Product!


    I’ve been looking for an effective but affordable retinoid for the longest time until I tried this product. This product is amazing! It works well and is not too strong for my skin. This is my second bottle and my skin has never looked so good!
  92. Early signs are good!


    I’m a bit late to the Retinol / Retinoid train but in this case, it’s better late than never.

    I’m fortunate enough to have normal skin, but as I approach middle-age, I’m noticing fine lines under my eyes and on my neck/chest. I’ve done a heap of research and tried a heap of products, but none have come close to retinol/retinoids. I now have the 2% granactive retinoid and the 0.5% retinol in my arsenal; I use the former on my face and eyes due to its minimal to zero irritation and the latter on my neck and décolletage. My (fairly) extensive research suggests that it’s best to build up the usage to give your skin the best possible chance of responding favourably. I’m following this advice to the letter. For now, I use just one drop of 2% retinoid on my face and under eyes and two drops of 0.5% on my neck and chest. Always after exfoliating, to allow my skin to absorb all the goodness. And always at night because I’m told that both active ingredients can cause heightened sensitivity to sunlight. In both instances, I’ve experienced zero irritation.

    The plan is to double my dosage in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to see the results! I’m told that it takes 12+ weeks to see improvement but given The Ordinary’s affordable price point (across their entire line), it’s a financial and time investment I’m more than happy to make. Full marks for their honest approach to marketing their products, too.
  93. Undecided as yet


    I have been using nightly for 2 weeks. You only need a couple of drops as it goes a long way. There is a slight oily feel to it so I wait a while before applying moisturiser over the top. I am yet to see any positive changes in my skin but I am very sensitive and this didn't cause any redness or stinging like some products
  94. Fabulous anti-ageing product


    This simple but marvelous product needs only a few drops rubbed on the skin at night. It helps with cell turnover and lessening wrinkles. Add a hyaluronic moisturiser or night cream over the top. Always use sunscreen during the day as retinoids can increase sun sensitivity.
  95. Review & Earn

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