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    The OrdinaryGranactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane<p>Keen to improve your skin with the age-defying prowess of a retinoid but put off by the potential side effects? The Ordinary&#8217;s Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane could be the solution &#8211; a high strength, zero-to-low irritation serum that&#8217;s been proven to soften fine lines, improve pigmentation problems and revitalise skin, causing it to look fresher and more youthful. &#8216;Granactive Retinoid&#8217; is a next-generation retinoid active technology, which can not only achieve better anti-ageing results than traditional retinol but do so without the irritation commonly associated with it (it often causes redness and flaking). It still makes the skin more sensitive to UV radiation, however, so thorough protection is recommended.&nbsp;</p>ORD027133527699151939545 stars, based on76 reviews 11.90Cult BeautyNew
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    The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

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    Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
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    • Why it's Cult

      This high-strength, low-irritation serum has been proven to soften fines lines, improve pigment problems and revitalise skin. A water-free solution, this stars a 5% concentration of advanced retinoid active ‘Granactive Retinoid’, which has been shown to defy ageing without any of the irritation commonly caused by retinol use. This is The Ordinary’s higher strength formulation, for a more moderate version, try {Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane}.

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      Keen to improve your skin with the age-defying prowess of a retinoid but put off by the potential side effects? The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane could be the solution – a high strength, zero-to-low irritation serum that’s been proven to soften fine lines, improve pigmentation problems and revitalise skin, causing it to look fresher and more youthful. ‘Granactive Retinoid’ is a next-generation retinoid active technology, which can not only achieve better anti-ageing results than traditional retinol but do so without the irritation commonly associated with it (it often causes redness and flaking). It still makes the skin more sensitive to UV radiation, however, so thorough protection is recommended. 

    • 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.

      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.

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

    • Full ingredients list

      Squalane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

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    The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

    The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane Reviews

    Glowing skin
    Love it!!!!!
    Not sure
    It hasn’t changed anything
    As always, The Ordinary products are fantastic. I used to use Retinoid emulsion and recently switched to the one in Squalane. It is amazing and I guess since my skin's so dry, it just fits in beautifully. My skin has changed so much for the better!
    Won't order again
    Thought I'd try this as I presumed it must be good as it was always out of stock when I tried to order before. However, I won't bother again as its much too oily. Only been using for a couple of weeks so not sure if it is having any effect.
    Great but...
    This is a good product however just wish it wasn’t so oily and was a lotion rather than in squalene.
    Not really a fan
    This is too oily for my skin and for the humid weather I'm in.
    Granactive Retinoid 5% VS Retinol 0.5%
    I used the Retinol 0.2% as my first retinol ever. After using this I bought the Granactive Retinoid 5%. No results... Then I switched back to the "real" Retinol and this time the 0.5% I got good results again. After looking up some reviews I concluded that granative retinoid doesn't have real evidence. The squalene is a nice moisturizing ingredient that really suprised me and my acne skin. Squalene is the only oil my skin tolorates.
    Really good product
    This is the only night time product I use. I really think it keeps the wrinkles at bay.
    Welcome in my skin routine
    I've been using Granactive Retinoid 5% for the past 2 weeks in conjunction with the Ascorbic acid (alternated between mornings and evenings) and I can start to see the difference in my skin texture and pigmentation. I highly recommend this product.
    What a game changer. Clarity. Skin is even and definitely less lined. So affordable and it works!!!
    Can't wait for it to be back in stock!!!!
    Too oily
    I have used this product for over a week but I just can't seem to adjust to it, it's too oily and caused me to breakout at some areas in my face.
    Wow what can I say after spending a fortune on expensive face creams over the years and not one working I’m blown away by the ordinary. I use this product in the evening before applying the Natural Factors then use the buffet + copper Peptides every morning and they have all combined to make my skin look amazing. I have my go to aging regimes now that include a home face laser a micro current device liquid collagen and these wonderful products at 41 my skin looks better than 5 years ago. It’s not an overnight fix but patience and consistency is key I just wish I’d started 5-10 years ago would have saved a lot of money on products the just don’t work. I will continue to use the ordinary products really do not need to look anywhere else these products are the best and actually work and so reasonably priced please just don’t stop making them.
    Nourishing Serum with Visible Results
    Love this! I am nearly 40, with three children (gulp, I know) so tired eyes and "lifelines" are regulars on my face. This serum helps to ease the effects of aging in a gentle nourishing way. It absorbs quickly and easily and has become an essential part of my nighttime beauty routine. I use it just before lathering my face with moisturiser and I wake up to a smoother, softer complexion. And I'm sure it's helped curb the ravages of my young brood, sleepless nights and endless runaround. It's always out of stock, so clearly this works for many. Highly recommend it!
    It’s oily. Will break out dehydrated skin.
    I have a history of cystic acne and rosacea. It cleared up with medicine, so it made sense to use a retinoid product in high percentage because my skin is already used to it. My skin is no longer oily. It used to be. But it is dehydrated. I haven’t had any luck using rosehip seed oil, oil cleansing or other natural oils that work for acne prone skin. But squalane is an oil also found in skin so I thought this might work. Unfortunately, NO. I broke out around my forehead, mouth, jawline. (I read the same pattern in another review) I know this is not purging because I started breaking out on my neck where I did not even use the product. I’m sure it works for others who may have acne prone skin, which is not dehydrated. Others like me, please stay away.
    Oooo silky...
    This feels so silky on my skin and really helps it feel nourished.
    Surprised how good this is.
    Amazing product for the price. Used to pay a fortune for a very well known night serum, well not any more, this is just as good. My skin glows, and I'm convinced is has helped with lines/firmness. I haven't had any irritation/break outs and I don't mind the oily texture.
    Feel luxe
    Despite being retinol, this is somewhat soothing, especially for dryer skin types. I am acne prone and this hasn’t given me any breakouts at all. I feel my skin looks slightly brighter with this but after 3 uses it’s too soon to see any real results.
    Very oily
    I've just bought the 5% retinol and after reading the reviews I thought I'd give it a try... I find that it's very oily/greasy and after 2 hours it didn't seem to absorb into my skin, it just sat on top leaving me wondering if there is any way I could make it absorb?? I currently used the 2% and found it to absorbs right away, I just wish it was the same consistency as their 2%. Quite disappointed, not sure if I'd purchase again because of this.
    I like
    I can see the difference in my skin after 6 months of use. It softens the lines of expression and is not an aggressive product.
    It works!
    I have dark patches on my face and I have seen a difference after using it a month. I use it twice a week as it makes my face itch if I use it more. I will build up to everyday slowly.
    It really works!
    I had been using The Ordinary 2% Emulsion for around 6 months and absolutely loved it and thought it was time to upgrade to the 5%. After reading online reviews about this from people who previously loved the emulsion and switched to this one (and not loving it as much) I was worried about it not being as effective in terms of absorbing into the skin as well as the emulsion. But I'm happy to say it works just as well and I'm seeing lovely results after just 2.5 weeks of using it. I started with every other night but now use it nightly. My skin feels sooo hydrated and soft with a fabulous glow! I can't stop touching it! Switching to 5% was definitely worth it for me, I can't wait to see how it continues to work on my skin.
    A good product
    I tried the 2% for a month without any irritation and therefore purchased this one to try. I can see that my skin is more clear and even just after using this for a few days. This product really works.
    Love this one. I use it in evenings and following day, my skin looks smooth and fresh and colour is even.
    Great product.
    In the beginning I wasn't sure because I felt that was too greasy and my skin is oily, however, after using it for 2 weeks I've had no breakouts and my skin is looking really radiant and spot free.
    Great Product
    Love the way my skin looks.
    I've now been using this for approximately 2 months, my deepest wrinkles are so much better, my skin is lovely and soft, would highly recommend...
    Love it. Goes on really nice.
    Great product.
    Love this retinol product and use it along with other The Ordinary products in the pm. I start with the Hyaluronic acid, then Matrixyl and then the Granactive Retinol and my skin loves this combo, I sometimes finish with a Rosehip oil and yes, I do go to bed looking a bit shiny, but I smell great! One important thing to remember is that retinol makes your skin sun sensitive so always use a sunscreen during the day ( best anti-aging product ever). I've just discovered The INKEYLIST Zinc moisturiser which is a sunscreen and moisturiser in one and it has a great light feel to it, almost like a primer. Cult Beauty now stock this brand and I'm looking forward to trying their products, they have a similar ethic and price to The Ordinary.
    Granactive Retinoid 5%
    So happy to have found the Ordinary, no fuss, no muss and does what it is supposed to do. I have used retinol based products for years but this one is my favourite. My skin looks great, my wallet is happy. I really like the oil base although I do add a layer of a simple moisturiser on top, just to make sure. My skin looks smooth and supple, so yeah, highly recommend this.
    Amazing product
    I use this before nighttime and always wake up with much smoother and healthier looking skin than before I started using retinol. It's great value for money and perfect for a 30-something anti-ageing skin care routine :-)
    Granactive Retinoid 5%
    I’ve previously used the Granactive 2% in Squalane which suited my skin. I thought I’d go up a level and use the 5%. I wasn’t keen on the oily consistency of the 5% and felt it creep onto my eyelids from my forehead. Unfortunately, it broke me out in really bad acne around my mouth, chin, jawline and sides of my forehead. The spots are only just starting to go after 1 month. I did suffer from acne from age of 11-25 and it only cleared up after a few courses of medication. I do get the occasional spot but this was a proper breakout noticed by colleagues. I’ll begin using the 2% again when my face is totally cleared up.
    5% Amazing product!
    It`s really great product! I love it! The improvement to my skin is visible not only for me. My skin is smoother and the imperfections have disappeared.
    Love it!
    Really helped me get rid of bumps and blemishes! So don‘t be afraid to buy it if you have no lines. I will buy it again!
    Really love this retinoid in squalene. Feels lovely on the skin l use it every night and my skin has never felt better.
    Good for beginners
    I've used a fair amount of both prescription and over-the-counter retinol/ retinoids, some I've liked (Sunday Riley's Luna has a terrible price tag, but is much more effective than this) and others less so. This one's interesting in the sense that I have experienced *zero* irritation, but for me, it seems to come at the price of not doing much. The fine lines that my previous products kept at bay returned once I started using this. I think it's a decent introductory vit A product, but if you've dabbled in the field before, I'd give it a pass.
    Lovley way to use retinoid
    Lov this the ordinary retinoid 5 in squalane product. Never had any reaction. Even with though my skin is prone to eczema. Lov it. Use it at night. Feels like a night oil and leaves my skin super soft.
    Original retinol 5%
    This is the best product I have come across. It is my first retinol cream and at 5% I have had no reaction to it. My skin has never been this good. It has a healthy glow and make's my skin feel silky and I have had no dryness. Absolutely love it.
    Be careful with this
    So after hearing all the hype about retinols and finding the brand "The Ordinary" I decided to try this out! (With such a brilliant price tag, it is not going to break the bank trying it). I, unfortunately, cannot recommend this product as I have not been having past (and frankly do not want to get past) the "purge" stage. After using this for a few weeks, I had a massive breakout and using the trusty internet found out that if you are prone to breakouts retinol will make your skin "purge” (basically a suuuuper breakout). If you persist (for up to three months) this purge will complete and you will have the best skin ever of your life…..I could not do it. I have read other articles that say if you use retinols carefully at a low % and gradually you can avoid this, so as this one is 5% (quite a high %), then maybe use a lower % first (which I am going to try). So a warning to all those prone to breakouts…research first and use this product carefully!
    Works wonders
    I was sceptical when first buying it, but I love it - have been using it for over a year now.
    Very good
    The shipping is very fast. I love the serum.
    Super serum
    This is higher strength retinol and it's the only one that dries out my skin if I introduce it too quickly. When this happens the skin can look old dehydrated and fatigued, the opposite of what we want. So, always start off every other day, and although it's very fluid only use 2/3 drops. Even longer-term I struggle to use this daily. 5 times a week max. But, the results as with all the retinol here are wonderful, but you need to use it accordingly.
    Best I've tried so far (and that's a lot)
    I was prepared for skin-reactions due to the high percentage of retinol, but I've had none whatsoever. I have used a milder retinol some time ago (but not during the last three months), so maybe that's why. My opinion is that The Ordinary's granactive retinol is really the best. I used a milder one last spring and summer, and my husband one day looked at me and asked "what have you done with your face? Your skin looks marvellous!" - and you know after almost 30 years together one must really make big changes to get your not so much talkative partner to notice anything. So this higher percentage during my covid-quarantine I know has been a success for my skin. I really recommend you try it.
    You can't go wrong for the price
    Well.. As a first introduction to Retinol, this was a perfect product. It did seem to work, and got me ready for the next step up in Retinol %. The price is amazing. My skin would feel incredible every morning after wearing this, and prevented any problem areas breaking out on my skin. My only issue was that Ordinary don't offer a stronger retinol once this has done it's job..
    This is just... oily. I don't know why The Ordinary put most of their retinols/granactive retinoids in squaline. I get that it's probably to help with potential irritation? Maybe? But the feeling on the skin is awful. Having said that, I still use it. And to be fair, I put it on at night and don't wake up with greasy skin. My ideal would be to have all their retinol and granactive retinoids as an emulsion like the 2%. That would be great. I don't think I will be re-purchasing and will be looking for a high strength retinol alternative.
    The Ordinary
    At a time when nothing is ordinary, these products help me feel loved and sane. Incredibly cheaply priced but luxury on your skin. I love it!
    Retinoid 5%
    I use it every night..My skin looks smooth.. I love this one.. but very strong.. very good quality product..
    Must have
    The holy grail of skin care, a product that I consider to be the base stone of my routine. I will be replenishing my stock for sure :)
    The Ordinary Retinoid
    Fantastic product.
    Love it
    Great alternative to harder retinol products. I didn't feel like I had to build up much tolerance, but skin did not have any adverse reaction to it. But for the 1st time users just try to lower dosage ones first just in case - everyone is different. I alternate this with a 1% retinol product every other night, so I get the benefits of both. I do get reactions and skin peeling to retinol, never to the retinoid - this one.
    Retinol 5% in Squalane
    I’m a woman in my fifties and have used many high brand skin routines. I love this brand because it takes all the important ingredients and maximises their delivery. Have been using this particular product for five months and the difference it has made is amazing my skin is clear my pores have reduced as well as lines and wrinkles. First use a Retinoid with a lower concentration for two months before. This product is high strength and if your skin is not used to retinoids it probably will react
    The Ordinary Retinoid 5% in Squaline
    This product leaves my skin feeling smooth and I can definitely see improvement in lines and deeper wrinkles. I am 66 yrs and am often complimented on my young-looking skin!
    Game changer
    This product leaves my skin SO smooth, and the next morning I wake up with baby soft skin and a glowing complexion. (My DREAM skin) Even after one use, my colleagues at work noticed a difference right away. I can’t see myself living without this now!
    Fantastic, a 'can’t live without it’ product!
    How I love this product. I have never had such good results for so little money. It is moisturising, feels luxurious and has made a visible improvement to my skin. I have had no negative reaction at all. I use it every night, even around my eye area without issue. I would highly recommend. It is often out of stock though, in fact I have been waiting for two months as of today which is annoying. If you like it buy more than one.
    I really like it!
    First I tried Granactive Retiniod 2% Emulsion, then I decided to try in Squalane and I can say both really helped my skin!
    Best retinoid ever!
    I have been using tretinoin for years; first the low strength, then the high... I have been struggling with dryness for years. Since using Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane for the past two weeks, I've found it to be high strength with little to no irritation. My skin looks beautiful and I will continue to use it for the rest of my life. Best product ever!
    Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
    I started off using Retinol 0.2% in Squalane for a couple of weeks and then moved on to Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane and I'm loving it! It's been a long long time since my skin looked this good. It's clearer, firmer and lines/wrinkles have definitely reduced. I'm 65 years old and will be using The Ordinary products from now on.
    Very good
    Gave me a brighter and smoother skin.
    Feels very nice natural oil on skin and is absorbed in. I use it at night.
    Comedons, comedons and comedons
    The product gives me a lot of comedons and hardly penetrates the skin. Avoid if you have an oily skin.
    Incroyable produit - Incredible product
    Si je ne devais en choisir qu'un ce serait sans aucun doute celui-ci. Je le met la journée avec un SPF. L'effet est immédiat ! Pour les taches d'acné de ma fille, c'est impressionnant, car elles disparaissent beaucoup plus rapidement. La peau est lumineuse ! A 43 ans, ce produit me permet de garder une peau hydratée toute la journée ! Vraiment : si je ne devais qu'en prendre un, ce serait sans aucun doute celui-ci ! Et un SPF !!!! *** If I had to choose one it would definitely be this one. I put the day with a SPF. The effect is immediate! For my daughter's acne spots, it's impressive because they disappear much more quickly. The skin is bright! At 43, this product allows me to keep skin hydrated all day long! Really: if I had to take one, it would definitely be this one! And an SPF !!!!
    This works
    I’ve used this for a few months and the benefits are evident. I will continue to use this product as I am happy with the results.
    Superhero product!
    I have dealt with hormonal acne for a couple of years, and tried many products to reduce the breakouts - with little or no succes. Within days of using this product my skin cleared up completely. Now a month later I have not had a single breakout since I started using this product! As a bonus my skin has become smooth and soft, and makeup sits much better on the skin! Best skin care product I have used for many years!!
    Fantastic product
    Fantastic product, feels great on my skin and I can see the difference.
    Fantastic product.
    Fantastic product very effective - no irritation. Smooth skin.
    Fabulous product at a real price...
    I've been looking at something to help with lines and my ageing skin, I'm 47. I bought this product as I thought at that price I can afford the hit if it doesn't do much. It's great and I use it with other The Ordinary products, I was nervous about using so many different acid products but chose the full strength ones as my skin is not particularly sensitive, but it seems fine. I have pigmentation on the upper lip and neck, it's already starting to fade after less than one week use. Definitely, recommend.
    I’ve had persistent little lumps on my face for months which I could not get rid of, tried steaming and all sorts of expensive cures & potions. Received this yesterday and used before bed. Miracle product!!! No lumps this morning
    Very pleased
    My daughter recommended this, however being 67 thought I'd missed the boat. It was relatively cheap compared to some of my other potions so decided to give it a go. Aren't I pleased! Whilst not exactly taking 20 years off, it has improved the texture of my skin and really doesn't make me look better. I think others have noticed as they sometimes say 'you look well', which is not something I hear that often.
    Great value for money
    I have always tried to spend as much as I could afford on skincare usually paying £50 + for a serum. I have only recently started using retinol and thought I'd try this. I've been using it every other night for a couple of weeks and haven't had any issues with stinging or redness at all. It's a no-frills product but feels nice on the skin. I also purchased the matrixol serum, I use that on alternate nights too, I found in this weather it made my skin feel a but greasy during the day. My skin is definitely feeling smooth and possibly more even in tone. I'm very pleased with both products and I will buy them again.
    A fantastic product for the darker patches on my face, I have noticed that they are much lighter! Delighted :)
    Retinoid 5%
    Has made a big improvement to my skin. It is softer, smoother and I’m sure I have fewer wrinkles! I will certainly buy again.
    If you have texture, you need this
    I have been battling with little bumps and rough patches on my forehead and cheeks for years. I decided to try this after my Emma Hardie cleansing balm and REN aha tonic in the evening. The first time I woke up and I looked refreshed. Six months after my first use and the bumps and unevenness of my skin has gone and I feel like the combination of the two has regenerated my face incredibly. This stuff used after the Ren tonic has completely changed my skin texture and it looks like glass. Amazing!
    Skin smoother
    I (42) have been using this product for a week, and my skin is looking and feeling very smooth and even - so good, in fact, that I have decided to go make-up-free today. My skin is used to glycolic acid peelings, so all the retinol did was give me a warm glow, no irritation. At the moment I have stopped all other peelings because I feel the retinol is doing such a fine job I don´t need more. Very happy, this product is here to stay.
    Great introduction to retinols
    This is an amazing introduction to retinol for more mature skins, where you can actually see a difference. Please use every second or third night, as it is potent. It can be used combined with your acids. Cannot praise this enough, despite being underwhelmed by almost all other Ordinary products (I have tried them all, not kidding), Matrixyl being the other stellar one.
    Brilliant potion
    This is the most amazing stuff. Has made a massive difference to skin texture and really improved the skin on my neck. Can't do without it now. It's amazing.
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