The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

    Description & Features

This water-free solution contains 0.2% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, of photo damage and of aging.


  • Help reduce signs of aging
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
Directions:  Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. Store in a cool, dry place.

Contradictions: This formula contains Retinoids. For best results, please avoid using the following ingredients in the same regimen:

  • Other retinoids
  • Copper Peptides
  • *Alternate use with direct acids

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

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Results for the Price! I had a prescription strength retinol product I was supposed to use for acne, but even after only leaving it on for 1/2 an hour my skin would react. I wanted something a little gentler and heard this was a decent product to try as an intro to retinol. I've been fairly impressed with it, especially for the price. I have sensitive, fair, rosacea prone skin, but it didn't react too badly. My face had a pink flush for a couple of days, but it wasn't flaming red. The flush faded to a lightly tanned look after a few days. I'm still figuring out how often to use it. I still get results with only using it a couple times a week. My skin looks smoother, clearer and it's definitely helped to fade some hyperpigmentation. You won't see over night results with this, but it definitely has an effect with consistent use. And you can't beat that price! I still have 3/4 of a bottle since I only use it 4-8 times I month. Tip for application: Create a cup with your palm and add around 10-12 drops. It is a bit runny so that's the technique I found that works best for me. It would run everywhere if I tried to put it on the back of my hand.
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it so far I bought this to ease myself into using Retinol. I have had no negative reactions (redness, dry skin...) and I like that the Squalane oil adds some hydration. I haven't seen any dramatic effects yet, but I know that takes time. I will move up to the 0.5% retinol in Squalane for my next purchase.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really love this product. Since using this my acne has cleared up a lot and I have even seen noticeable fading in my acne scars. I use it nightly after an exfoliating face wash. Although it did take some time before I saw some noticeable difference (about two months). But now my skin is the clearest it's been in ages.
Date published: 2019-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the ordinary products! I am over 60 and have definitely boosted my current skincare routine. This product has softened acne scars and some lines. Definitely a great buy!
Date published: 2019-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy on the skin I was worried about dryness from the retinol but this formula is gentle. I started out using just a test area for a week or so and then moved gradually to covering my whole face. My skin looks glowing and this is a product I'll be using for a long time.
Date published: 2021-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Well I have incorporated this in my nightime skincare routine. Goes on a little greasy at first, but in time gets absorbed. My skin felt softer in the morning and somewhat brighter. I have rosacea and have not noticed increase redness.
Date published: 2020-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a life changer for me. My skin has been so much softer and even since using this product. I'm in love!
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am very impressed with this product ! I am 25 and bought it because my skin has been dull, I’ve noticed fine lines, and have been having awful blackheads and acne for a year! This has absolutely changed my skin. I use it nightly even though it’s recommended to do every other day. I would 100% recommend to anyone !
Date published: 2019-07-13
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