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    The OrdinaryRetinol 0.5% in Squalane<p>Water- and silicone-free, The Ordinary&#8217;s Retinol 0.5% in Squalane features highly stable retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearance of ageing with impressive results. A powerhouse form of vitamin A, retinol encourages cell turnover, revealing healthier, softer skin while also tackling blemishes, dark spots and defying signs of ageing &#8211; including softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and uneven tone. Retinol can cause significant irritation, including redness and peeling &#8211; but many feel that its significant effects counterbalance this; The Ordinary recommends building your skin&#8217;s tolerance to retinol with lower concentrations such as <a href="https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/the-ordinary-retinol-0-2-in-squalane.html" target="_blank">{Retinol 0.2% in Squalane}</a> to minimise discomfort.</p> ORD0387699151940125 stars, based on19 reviews 4.90Cult BeautyNew

    The Ordinary
    Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
    ( 30ml )

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    • Why it's Cult

      This highly stable, water-free, high strength age-defying solution features 0.5% pure retinol. This special form of vitamin A has been proven to minimise fine lines, improve pigment problems, revitalise skin and make its overall appearance fresher and more youthful. As retinol can cause irritation, The Ordinary recommends beginning your regimen with lower concentrations (such as {Retinol 0.2% in Squalane}) to allow skin to build up tolerance. 

    • Description

      Water- and silicone-free, The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.5% in Squalane features highly stable retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearance of ageing with impressive results. A powerhouse form of vitamin A, retinol encourages cell turnover, revealing healthier, softer skin while also tackling blemishes, dark spots and defying signs of ageing – including softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and uneven tone. Retinol can cause significant irritation, including redness and peeling – but many feel that its significant effects counterbalance this; The Ordinary recommends building your skin’s tolerance to retinol with lower concentrations such as {Retinol 0.2% in Squalane} to minimise discomfort.

    • How to use

      Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. Store in a cool, dry place.

      Note: When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.

      Caution: Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. Sun protection is particularly important when using retinoids. This product must not be used in conjunction with other retinoids including retinol or retinoic acid. This product is not a treatment for acne. Acne-prone skin may experience a temporary increase in acne during the first few weeks of using any form of retinoid including those used in this formulation. 

    • Full ingredients list

      Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT

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    Reviews
    The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

    The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane Reviews

    I’m hooked!
    After wanting to try retinol for a long time and reading about The Ordinary’s great reviews I decided to give it a go! I started with their 0.1% and have now moved onto this one and I can definitely see a difference! My skin is much smoother and brighter. The bottle also lasts a long time - only a few drops every other night has transformed my skin and also great on price and quality! Highly recommend.
    nice retinol starter
    I'm just starting with retinol and on the advice of Astoria at Cult Beauty I bought this to start with and I'm happy with it. It reacts well with my skin and it feels really soft and looks good the next day. Am building my skin up with this one and then will increase the percentage with the next bottle.
    Know your skin...
    I agree with Rachel, you need to know your skin if you want to use retinol products. I have used retinol products before and they have made my skin irritated and sore because the retinol content was too high and I applied too much. Start slowly, with a lower retinol content and use every other night to slowly increase tolerance (at least 2 weeks). I always apply a light moisturizer after I have applied the retinol (a little goes a very long way, a few drops is sufficient) and in the morning I wash the retinol off and continue my cleaning routine (keep it simple, a soap free cleanser is recommended by most dermatologists). Plus, when using retinol you should use a really good moisturizer, 50+ factor, every day as the skin becomes light sensitive. I find it best not best to use these products in the summer time as skin can become sensitive, so this is my winter regime. I love this product, my skin has become softer and my scars are fading. In terms of price, this is the cheapest I have comes across and does the job if used wisely and with care.
    Great product but follow the rules
    Heed my warning: before using retinol, read, research, know your skin and start slow. I have been building up from the 0.2% and the suspense in squalane really suits my skin. I told a dr and an aesthetician that I was using retinol as part of my regime (I'm 29), they both suggested using salicylic acid on congested areas and closed comedones. I should have ignored this as I had no issues at that point and the retinol had been working. this actually created more congestion and cystic acne. Back to the retinol and my skin is clearing. Because it's so cheap, I even use it on my back. The active ingredient in a dropper bottle is compromised when it is exposed to light and oxygen so you should change it after a month of use to get the same effect and always keep it closed and tucked away. Again, it's so reasonably priced that this is fine. I can't wait to try the 1% which is sitting in my drawer ready.
    Perfect!
    Perfect!
    The Ordinary Retinol 0.5
    I started to use it every other night. My skin didn't get dry and my skin seems to glow. A little goes a long way and I will buy a higher concentration next time.
    Great Starter
    I have used the 0.2% so this percentage was next up. No irritation, redness or peeling from this formula. I love that it's an oil so it's moisturising enough for night. A great product for beginners.
    So far sooo good!
    This my first retinol ever and after 2 weeks I can only say good things about it. I've bought it for me (31, dry, olive skin) and my mother (57, very dry, medium skin) and we both love this serum. It doesn't sting at all, no bad reactions and even though is an oil-based serum it's not oily at all. I can only see my skin more glowing. Definitely will buy more and more from The Ordinary. And also, 10 stars to Cult beauty team and Shipping... LESS THAN 5 WORKING DAYS (placed the order on Monday and on Friday morning I was opening it!) to get my package in Italy. So amazed! Thank you all!
    Lovley serum for a lovley price
    Bought this as a preventative as I'm nearing 30 & thought I best start doing something about ageing. Has the texture of an oil, no smell, easy to use the bottle. Nice to apply, doesn't leave me feeling greasy, facial oil & moisturiser go on top of it well. Have noticed a small difference in big frown lines but akin looks altogether more clear and airbrushed.
    Amazing!
    I’ve had p.d for YEARS and when it cleared I wanted a retinol that would be suitable for my sensitive skin, yet effective, and this one cleared basically all my spots, blackheads, redness and less visible pores (also noticed firming and less visible fine lines, but that’s not an issue yet) in a week or two! If you haven’t used retinols before; start slow! Like once a week. It will cause peeling in the beginning.
    THE ORDINARY Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
    Love this product. Working wonders. My skin feels softer than ever and starting to reduce small wrinkles. Used for 3 weeks so far. Once I've finished this bottle I'll move to the next strength.
    Didn't see any effects
    This is my first bottle of retinol, to be honest. I thought I would first try the 0,5, to be more gentle on my skin. But it just doesn't do anything for my skin. This is the third item i'm trying from the ordinary, but it's just disappointing.
    This ruined my skin!!!
    This product ruined my skin after only 4 days! My cheeks and under eye area are now all crepey and ruined!! I am 25 and I look like I have the skin of an 80 year old!!! I am so upset and I cant even get my skin back to normal, please research before you buy, it doesn't react the same with everyone.
    Gentle yet effective
    I was afraid that it might compromise my skin barrier but actually it works perfectly while providing some moisture. I previously used a 0.3 retinol product and wanted to step up my retinol. I think The Ordinary was the cheapest option I have seen so far. I mix it with MAP 10% and apply nothing over it. It brightens my skin and my acne marks are slowly fading.
    Great retinol product
    This really is amazing. My skin glows.
    BEST ORDINARY PRODUCT!
    Admittedly I really wasn’t expecting amazing results from this product, nor was I expecting immediate results but this really went beyond my expectations. I have used gentler retinoids before so I thought I’d jump straight to the 0.5%, luckily I didn’t have any dryness or irritation whatsoever and instead woke up with super smooth, glowing and healthier looking skin. Where it’s made the most improvement is the nasal labial lines that I worried were becoming more prominent from smoking, I noticed less depth in those lines after the first day of use. This is great for layering over other products from the brand and I’m currently using it for the Hyaluronic serum and Buffet. I will definitely repurchase this, in fact, I cannot imagine not being without it.
    Makes my skin glow
    I purchased this product around 3 months ago and I am very impressed with the results. I have been using AHAs and BHAs on my skin for a long time so I went straight for the 0.5% concentration retinol, increasing the frequency over time. I only had a small bit of dryness at the start but now I use it every other day and my skin is noticeably even and glowing after each use.
    Superb, will upgrade to higher percentage
    I’ve bought this because it was one of the cheap retinol. Because I’m new to retinol I know that I have to wait till my skin will get used to it. First couple days of using it was fine, then my skin got dry and started to peel after a week or so. Now my skin got used to it and it’s not drying anymore. My skin feels soft and more glowing.
    Dried my skin horribly.
    I got this product as it was recommended by an article I read. Thinking it would help my skin, I purchased it. However, it has done nothing but dried my skin making it feel tight and very itchy. I thought it was just like this as it was the first time I used it, but I persisted thinking that my skin might take to it, but a week later there was no change. This is going to the bin unfortunately. Very disappointed.
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