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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane 30ml

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Rejuvenate skin with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, a retinoid-infused treatment that protects against the key signs of ageing like fine lines, hyperpigmentation and dull tones.

Granactive retinoid boosts collagen to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, while squalane hydrates and plumps for a more youthful-looking complexion. The Ordinary Retinoid 2%’s lightweight, oil-textured formula also regulates skin tone, so you can achieve an even, radiant glow.

The Ordinary has created an effective, technology-driven treatment that is also purse-friendly, as this retinoid cleverly reduces the appearance of ageing much more efficiently than most non-prescription retinoids. Plus, it’s more delicate than most retinoids, causing little to no irritation.

Why We Love It

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane’s gentle formula is focused on boosting the appearance of your skin without causing any potential irritation and redness, making it suitable for all skin types. As well as a clever design that allows you to apply your skincare using a pipette ensuring it’s mess-free and easy every time.

How To Use It

Using the pipette, apply a small amount to face in the evening, after water serums but before heavy treatments. Don’t use this with other retinoid treatments. Use an SPF alongside this formula.

Works Well With

Want a higher concentration of this formula? Explore the Ordinary’s full Retinoid collection for a range of formulas for every preference.



Water-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, nut-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free.

Squalane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.

Shipping Restriction: Can only ship to the UK and European (EEA) destinations.

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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane 30ml is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Early days This is only my third week using this so it’s hard for me to comment on its effectiveness. However, I haven’t had any of the issues I have read about relating to retinol like dry or peeling skin. I’d say after my first use my skin was dehydrated, but not flakey or anything, the next day, after the second use it felt dry at night when I had it on but was fine the next day and after the third it wasn’t dry at all. I started using 3 times in my first week, 4 in my second and this week I’ve been using it every night. I did think this was a low percent to start on but I now realise it’s not, so you may want to go for a lower percentage if this is your first time, saying that I’m not having any issues. I put it on at night and leave it for 30 mins before moisturising my skin well.
Date published: 2020-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good No adverse side effects and leaves skin feeling comfortable and moisturised. I have only just started using this product therefore I can't say if it's had much effect as yet. I have quite sensitive skin and it seems a gentle product.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product It doesn’t really have a smell to it and you only need a little bit. The oil is very runny but has left my face feeling soft and smooth. I can really comment on the effectiveness as I’ve only been using it a couple of days, so not sure if does what it’s supposed to do. Overall a good value product.
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it says on the they say I have tried a very expensive retinol product in the past which did nothing for my skin except leave me looking like a scaly reptile...not a good look I have to say. This product has not caused any flakiness opr drying & after using for approx 2 weeks I can most defintely see a difference. My skin looks a lot "fresher" & brighter. As this product cost less than a tenth of what I paid for rhe other retinol I consider this an absolute bargain
Date published: 2018-05-22
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