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The Ordinary

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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32 Reviews


Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews


Location: London

Reviews: 13

Age: Under 30

Skin Type:: Dry

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

Recommends this product: Yes

January 29 2023

Great Value

Great value and perfect choice for a starter retinol. I tried this product as my first retinol. I love that it is in squalene so feels very nourishing to the skin. Because this is a low concentration, my skin didn't have much of a reaction like typical retinols. I used this for a few months before moving on to a stronger concentration, but starting with this retinol really allowed my skin to get used to retinols and tolerate stronger formulas.

Best Use: Treat Pigmentation / Dark Spots, Uneven Skin Texture


Location: Winchester

Reviews: 1

January 28 2023

Bought out of curiosity

Bought out of curiosity as a little gift for someone starting with retinol. Seems to be quite gentle and no irritations reported. I only used the buffet serum from this brand but will try more for sure as I love the philosophy behind this low key brand.


Reviews: 1

January 23 2023

Starter Retinol

This is a low concentration retinol that is a good one to try if you are new to retinols. I just use some every other night so that it doesn't get the skin too dry. I prefer the Drunk Elephant retinol cream as that feels nicer on the skin. However this The Ordinary one is very good value for money.


Location: Shropshire

Reviews: 3

Age: 45+

Skin Type:: Normal / Balanced

Do you have sensitive skin?: No

Recommends this product: Yes

January 23 2023

Very happy with this product

I love this product and use a little, sparingly, each night as part of my skincare routine. It really helps makes my skin feel nourished and whilst I've only been using it a couple of weeks, I'm already very happy and will continue to use this product, possibly increasing the dosage over time.

Best Use: Hydrating, Minimise Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Uneven Skin Texture

TOP 1000


Reviews: 65

January 04 2023


I really like products from The Ordinary. good value for money. Retinol is one of my favorites, works really well on problematic skin, if you have oily skin you will love this product too. Reduces acne marks and oily skin with regular use. I recommend to try

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