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Retinol 0.2% in Squalane


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Fine Lines & Wrinkles

The Good Stuff

Cruelty Free

Fragrance Free

Paraben Free

Silicone Free


Reap the benefits of vitamin A with The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% In Squalane. This skincare treatment is water- and silicone-free and helps to soften the skin while working to minimise the signs of ageing.

The highly stable retinol present in this formula works to reduce the appearance of fine lines, photo damage and general signs of skin ageing. It also encourages natural cell turnover, helping to promote softer and healthier-looking skin while working to minimise the appearance of blemishes and dark spots.

As retinol can cause irritation to the skin, newer technologies now exist to mimic the visible effects of retinol without causing as much discomfort for the skin. With this in mind, The Ordinary recommends beginning with serums with lower concentrations of retinol in order to build up tolerance.

Key Benefits

  • Works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and general skin ageing
  • Promotes healthier-looking skin while minimising the look of blemishes
  • Water and silicone-free solution with 0.2% retinol
  • Vitamin A-rich retinol helps minimise signs of hyperpigmentation
  • Vegan and cruelty-free

SKU# UK200029822


Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water-based serums but before heavier treatments.

Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure.

Caution: Retinol can cause irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. If persistent irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician.

Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children. Refrigerate after opening.

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128 Reviews


Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews


Reviews: 1

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

Age: 45+

Skin Type:: Combination

Recommends this product: Yes

February 17 2024

Gentle retinol

The squalane base makes this a gentle non drying oil serum. On my combination skin (normal to oily, prone to dehydration) it absorbed well enough in the Normal to dry zones, not well enough in normal to oily skin. I prefer Granactive Retinoid emulsion bc the emulsion works well on my entire face (except for the eye region)

Best Use: Minimise Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Firming, Anti-Aging


Reviews: 1

Age: 30-45

February 13 2024


This product is really greasy does not absorb easily. It takes time to sink in your skin which is annoying if you're tired and.want to go to bed, but have to wait. On the plus side, it is cheap and if you have patience and time to.wait, go for it


Reviews: 24

February 05 2024

Shockingly good

The Ordinary’s Retinol Serum in Squalane is a skincare game-changer. This powerful serum, packed in a 30ml bottle, has truly made a difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. The combination of retinol and squalane delivers effective results, leaving my skin looking smoother and more radiant. A must-have for anyone seeking an affordable yet potent retinol treatment.

Yellow Bird

Reviews: 1

Skin Type:: Combination

Recommends this product: Yes

January 20 2024

Squalane is an effective carrier

Turns out, I really like the squalene oil, and I feel the retinol penetrates nicely without being too sticky. As a a retinol newbie, this retinol works better than the cream I used, and the price is a bargain. I put TO Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum underneath, and the results are pretty quickly apparent. I intend to scale up to TO 1.0% retinol. Very pleased


Location: Bristol

Reviews: 5

Age: 45+

Skin Type:: Combination

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

January 07 2024

Not great

I thought I would give it a go mainly due to the price point. Unfortunately I did not get on with it as it is far too greasy, due to the squalane I presume, it took a long time to sink in, so much so I did not apply my usual serum before applying this. I think it caused a breakout too on my chin. Given 2 stars as it did eventually give a sort of glow to my skin once it had sank in.

Best Use: Hydrating

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