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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> ORD038133637699151940125 stars, based on37 reviews 4.90Cult BeautyNew
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    The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

    The Ordinary
    Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
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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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    The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

    The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane Reviews

    Great product
    I just love how skin feels after using retinol from The Ordinary. I highly recommend it.
    Odličan proizvod
    Odličan proizvod za postepeno navikavanje kože na retinol. Lice je sjajno i meko. Prezadovoljna sam. ****** An excellent product for gradually accustoming the skin to retinol. The face is shiny and soft. I am very satisfied.
    Stick with it - the results are worth it!
    Great product. Haven't used retinoids in over 20 years but am loving the results.... after the going through the dreaded skin purge. Love the price, love the addition of squalane, and love the smooth, fresh results.
    Received promptly, love the packaging. Really impressed with this product! Highly recommend!
    Great product for the price
    This was my first experience using retinol and I found this product to be a great introduction to it. I used it every night as part of my skin care routine and had no adverse reactions. I used the bottle up quite quickly but I did feel my skin looked more plump and vibrant. I’ve not been able to repurchase due to it being sold out so tried to pixi retinol tonic and I definitely don’t have the same glow. It took about 2-3 weeks to see any improvements but I’m very happy. Will definitely repurchase!
    Retinol is the best for anti ageing
    Retinol is retinol. I went straight to 0.5% as been using a fairly weak retinol for some time. And it's been very kind to the skin so far and I've had the desired effect. I have been using above moisturiser though.
    LOVE IT!
    When I bought this I was in two minds whether it was going to work or not. So far I am impressed, with one application I have seen a change in my pigmentation. I woke up really happy this morning as usually products don’t seem to work usually. But this is a must!
    Great retinol to get you started
    If you're new to using retinols this is a great one to start with - the dosage is low so you can build up your use before moving up to the higher dosages in the range. Really nice formula too and easily absorbed, it also works well with other products.
    I have been using the Ordinary retinol at night (and the Matrix in the morning) for several months and my skin looks the best it has for a long time, in fact, several people have commented on how great my skin looks (two of them I hadn't seen for some time) so I can only assume it's this product. My skin looks so smooth and it feels soft, never dry. Can't recommend this product enough. I don't think I'll ever give it up. Incidentally, I didn't suffer from any redness when I first started using it (which was the 2%).
    Sublime for skin
    Absolutely fantastic, started with the 0.5% but also bought the 1%. Recommend by my eldest sister who has worked on premium brand skincare beauty concessions. Absorbed easily into the skin and you will notice results after a week. The skin is smoother and brighter. Fab price for cracking product.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Started using this three weeks ago and can definitely see a huge difference in my skin. I went through a couple of weeks of dryness but that's to be expected. Whatever you do please persevere. I am in my early 40s and my skin has honestly never looked this good in years. Reduction of open pores, reduction in fine lines, and generally just glowing skin. I always apply at night and make sure to wear factor 50 during the day
    Would recommend
    I wanted to try retinol to see what all the hype was about. It has helped to reduce the fine lines and the appearance of my skin is much improved on my face. However, my neck has a number of dry patches since I started using this product which has never happened before so I’ve reduced the frequency of application to see if this improves.
    O.5 retinol
    Received promptly, love the packaging. Really happy with the product, i use it at night and my skin is feeling softer. Very happy.
    It's okay
    I think this is very nice and mild if you have just started to use a retinol. I personally have not experienced any side effects and haven't also noticed any real improvements. I have increased my use to 4 times a week and will try to further increase to daily with a 1 day a week rest. I will use the product to the end and possibly move to a stronger retinol before really investing my money in something more expensive.
    A must have!
    After one use my skin looks noticeably clearer, so much so that I haven't felt the need to use makeup today! Experienced no discomfort from the retinol either! Really impressed with this product! Highly recommend!
    Excellent value for money.
    I am normally one to trust the effect and quality of a product of its more expensive but having heard so many people recommend this, I wanted to try it out. I think it is brilliant- texture is good and easy to apply. The smell is pretty neutral. Hasn’t aggravated my skin in any way (I know some retinol does this) and my dark acne scars have definitely started to fade a little. Have only been using for about 3 weeks so looking forward to seeing results continue.
    I have super problem skin - combination oily/dry, baby pimples all over my cheeks, large pores on my nose, and after using this (in conjunction with Vit C 8% Ascorbic Acid/2% Alpha Arbutin, and with a light physical exfoliator beforehand - so the product really gets into the skin) my skin is already starting to clear up and pores are visibly smaller. I never write reviews, but it's crazy that a £5 product can do wonders like this in just a week. I also always wanted to use a serum / oil-like product, so I feel like I get that feeling from this, but with it working with my skin. I can't wait to see the long term results!
    Love this stuff
    I've heard all sorts about retinol (good and bad), but decided to give it ago and at less than £5, you can't really go wrong. Anyway, after a few months now it's safe to say I love this stuff. My skin is better now than it was 5 years ago, possibly 10! Fine lines have gone and my skin tone is more even. I am blown away by the results from a product with such a small price
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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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