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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>ORD027133527699151940745 stars, based on48 reviews 11.90Cult BeautyNew

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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}.

    • Description

      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

    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!
    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.
    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 very effective - no irritation. Smooth skin.
    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.
    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
    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.
    A fantastic product for the darker patches on my face, I have noticed that they are much lighter! Delighted :)
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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...
    Fantastic product
    Fantastic product, feels great on my skin and I can see the difference.
    Love it. Goes on really nice.
    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%
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
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