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The Ordinary

Retinol 1% in Squalane


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Fine Lines & Wrinkles

The Good Stuff

Cruelty Free

Fragrance Free

Paraben Free

Silicone Free


Helps treat: Signs of ageing and uneven skin texture

Feels like: An oil-like serum

Recommended for: This high strength retinol will help reduce signs of ageing and improve skin’s radiance

Fight visible signs of ageing with The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane, a water- and silicone-free skincare treatment enriched with vitamin A to help revitalise the complexion.

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 lower concentrations 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 1% retinol
  • Vitamin A-rich retinol helps minimise signs of hyperpigmentation
  • Vegan and cruelty-free

SKU# UK200029826


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

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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34 Reviews


Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews


Location: Nottinghamshire

Reviews: 17

Age: 30-45

Skin Type:: Combination

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

February 24 2023

Caused a bad rash

I bust be really sensitive to retinol. Ended up at the doctors and getting steroids and strong antihistamines after using this. Itchy red rash lasted about a week after using this. Then about a month later a stupidly tried it again to see if it really was this retinol causing the reaction (used a lot less on a small em test area) and it became rashy and sore again. So I think it must be something that really disagrees with me. Sorry I don’t have something better to say. I had such high hopes for this too after hearing so many good things about it.


Location: London

Reviews: 5

Age: Under 30

Skin Type:: Normal / Balanced

Do you have sensitive skin?: No

February 13 2023

Not too sure

I just started using retinol and this is the first one I used, I'm not too sure if it's the best but I just wanted to start using retinol and experiment with it. This is very heavy and very thick so I'm not too sure if it's absorbing into my skin but it definitely feels like it's just sitting on top if that makes sense. I haven't seen any changes to my skin so far but it has only been a few weeks since I started using it.

Best Use: Hydrating


Location: London

Reviews: 17

Age: Under 30

Skin Type:: Combination

Do you have sensitive skin?: No

Recommends this product: Yes

February 02 2023

Works well

I like this a lot. I built up from lower strengths to this one over the course of a few months so didn't notice any sensitivity or redness. Its oily so I would only use it in the evening, but it feels nice and absorbs relatively well. You get a lot of use out of the small bottle and the price is great. I have this as part of my regular skin care routine

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


Location: East Yorkshire

Reviews: 7

Age: 30-45

Skin Type:: Combination

Recommends this product: Yes

January 09 2023

A bit harsh on young sjin

I found this a bit harsh so I had to jump down to a lower percentage. As an oil it lively and absorbs well without being greasy and a little goes a long way so the bottle will last ages but if you have sensitive skin or are new to purer types of retinol I would start lower

Best Use: Firming, Anti-Aging


Location: South west

Reviews: 7

Recommends this product: Yes

January 07 2023


Quite a high strength, it is not overly irritating though. I would obviously suggest building up your retinol using to this so you don’t suffer irritation and peeling but it’s quite a nice formula but it does feel quite oily; I don’t mind this however as this is a product I would only apply in the evenings.

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