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The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane 30ml


Reduce the appearance of fine lines and photodamage with Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, a retinol treatment for normal skin types

The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane serum is the lowest concentration out of their retinol products. Also known as vitamin a, the 0.2% retinol works to minimise wrinkles, evens out skin tone and revitalises its appearance. Alongside, squalane, which helps to hydrate and soothe the skin while using this serum.

Another quality about retinol that should be noted is that it encourages cell turnover, which means that it delivers renewed and healthy skin, while also minimising blemishes for a more youthful, unified and rejuvenated complexion.

Why We Love It

Retinoids were first used as an acne treatment over fifty years ago but researchers discovered that it also minimises dark spots, which makes it a great treatment anyone with hyperpigmentation. As retinol is an incredibly powerful ingredient, it’s recommended that you start with this lower concentration until your skin builds up a tolerance to it. So, this 0.2% solution is perfect if you’ve never used it before! The potency is also easy to control thanks to the pipette which ensures you don’t apply too much.

How To Use It

Using the pipette, apply a small amount to face during the evening, after water-based serums but before heavier treatments. Don’t use this formula with other retinoid treatments. Use sun protection following the use of this product.

Note: Irritation will occur until your skin has built up a tolerance to this product. If irritation persists stop using.

Works Well With

If you’re looking for a more gentle version of this product, then check out The Ordinary’s range of Granactive Retinoids, which mimic retinoids but don’t cause any irritation. Alternatively, explore the collection for formulas that have higher concentrations if you’re looking for a more full-on treatment.



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

Shipping Restriction: Can only be shipped to the UK


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

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The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane 30ml is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Retinol beginners I have been using this for my neck and it is still too soon how the WOW result, but have definitely improved getting rid of my neck lines. The serum is light, no smell, good price. Will recommend if you are a retinol beginner.
Date published: 2023-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good entry level retinol product Quite potent despite being "only" 0.2%. I'd been using a 0.4% retinyl palmitate serum but learned that these are 2 quite different products. The Ordinary's 0.2% retinol is actually stronger. I experienced dryness and soreness for a few weeks at first despite using it only 2-3 times a week. After a break I resumed the same frequency, using no more than 2-3 drops for face and neck, and after The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid (this retinol works best over a buffer product) and under a light moisturiser. A couple of months later, my skin's now clear and firmer with tighter pores, and I have built up to around 5 drops. The slightly oily texture and faint chemical odour take a little getting used to, but otherwise this is a great no-frills retinol product to start with.
Date published: 2022-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ordinary Retinol The ordinary has the best skincare solutions available.
Date published: 2020-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Great product and saw a difference within a few days
Date published: 2020-05-19
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