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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane 30ml


Minimise the appearance of photodamage and fine lines with The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane, an high strength anti-ageing treatment for regular retinol users that’s ideal for normal skin types.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane is the most highly-concentrated formula out of their retinol skincare. The star ingredient is retinol, a form of vitamin a that effectively reduces wrinkles, evens out skin tone and rejuvenates its overall appearance. Combined, with the soothing effects of squalane that comforts and hydrates the skin while you use the serum.

Retinol is also known to encourage the production of collagen, which is a natural protein that’s an integral part of plump and youthful skin. It also minimises blemishes, allowing you to achieve a smooth, glowing complexion.

Why We Love It

The Ordinary has created a number of products that are retinol-based, so your skin has a chance to get used to this intense active ingredient. You can do this by gradually working your way up their Retinoid range, and as they’re all purse-friendly, you won’t have to break the bank to build up your tolerance either.

As retinol is an incredibly powerful ingredient, it’s recommended that you start with a lower concentration than this product like the 0.2% - until your skin has built up a tolerance. Even though this formula is extremely powerful you won’t need to worry about over-applying because you can use the built-in pipette for added control and minimised irritation.

How To Use It

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

Explore The Ordinary’s full Retinoid collection for a less concentrated solution, which can be used by sensitive skin or anyone who hasn’t tried retinol before.



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 1% in Squalane 30ml is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good The product is good, feels good on the skin yet to make, and a conclusive decision is still too early for that.
Date published: 2021-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it states! Really does help with the crows feet and skin texture. I have used this for some months and shall continue to. For the price it's a must try, can irritate at first so blend with another oil or cream. Ordering through Escentuals was quick, easy and a bargain.
Date published: 2019-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feels like it's working but early days yet It's really good value for a retinol product which is why I tried it out. I'm not sure of the results as yet since it's early days but think it's giving me a fresh faced looked. It's cleared up some of my spots too which is handy!
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Retinol At The Right Price! I am so grateful to The Ordinary for making Retinol something I can afford to use daily. Yes I have tried a more expensive brand. But apart from the texture of the product. As far as how the Retinol works, I can tell you now, there was no difference what so ever. I use Retinol for both acne and aging. I have very oily skin. I started off with the Granactive 2% Emulsion. Made a bit of a difference to my acne. But after just one week I started alternating every other night with Granactive 5% Squalane. A week later I was alternating with Retinol 0.5%. A week after that Retinol 1%. That was a few months ago. Now I use mostly Retinol 1% Squalane nightly. Though I do still use Retinol 0.5% when I think my skin needs a break. I'm Acne Free! Thank You... The Ordinary & Escentual x
Date published: 2019-01-02
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