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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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278 Reviews


Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews


Location: Peterbrough

Reviews: 1

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

Age: 30-45

Skin Type:: Combination

May 31 2024

Didn't like the texture

I thought I would try out this retinol as its cheaper than the one I usually buy and I like most ordinary products I've tried so far. But this is very heavy and greesy on my face. I'm not sure if it will have any good effect in the long term. But I doubt I'll be purchasing again.


Reviews: 19

Recommends this product: Yes

May 16 2024

Would recommend

This is really good if you are working your way up the different strengths of retinol although I'd suggest using the lower percentages first before working your way up to this one. The texture is quite oily and heavy but definitely doesn't make your skin oily. If you can get used to the texture, it's a great product overall.


Reviews: 1

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

Age: 45+

Skin Type:: Combination

Recommends this product: Yes

May 08 2024

Too oily for my face, loved it on neck chest hands

This oil serum did not absorb well as the 2nd or 3rd layer of my routine. For that I prefer the Ordinary Granactive Retinoid emulsion which is waterbased and absorbs very well. I enjoyed using this product on my neck chest and hands and also mix it with body oil. I repurchased it for my body.

Best Use: Anti-Aging


Reviews: 1

Skin Type:: Combination

May 04 2024

Did not help with anything, but great sealing oil!

Soo..I have been using this serum for 4 months now. I still have little bit more than half of it and I use 7 drops for my face, neck and hands every night after HA serum. I have combination skin (oily T-zone + dry/normal rest of my face) with large pores, blackheads, 2-3 pimples every month, fine lines and uneven texture after acne scarring (I am 29 y.o.). I had slightly more pimples and dryer skin for 3 weeks. Nothing extreme. My main "concerns" were fine lines and texture. Well.. There is no improvement, even slightest. I still enjoy squalane as sealing oil, so I will continue using this serum, but if you are worried about fine lines or wrinkles, do not even bother buying this.. I really hoped, that it will help..

Sofia T.

Reviews: 1

Skin Type:: Combination

Skin Tone:: Fair

Recommends this product: Yes

April 23 2024

Good product

Very great product, hope to buy another soon. Love the quality

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