The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane 30ml
4.4 of 176 reviews
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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane is a water-free solution that contains 1% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing.
- Cruelty Free
- Artificial Fragrance Free
- Sulphate Free
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- First signs of ageing
- Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
- Wrinkles and loss of firmness
- Normal to dry
- Normal to oily
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4.4 of 176 reviews
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LovelyThis is an exceptional starter product for Vitamin A skincare. It's gentle and non-irritating, plus I experience visible (overight) effects. I've moved on from this one now to somethign a bit stronger, but I go back to it if I feel my skin needs a break but I still want to keep going with vitamin A in a mild, gentle way. I don't think my skin would have tolerated stronger treatments if I hadn't be...Read More
Quality!Love The Ordinary range and wanted to incorporate retinol into my skincare routine so thought I should give this a go. So far so good, it has only been a couple of weeks but it appears to be working. I did go a little heavy handed initially so watch out, it’s strong, and definitely wear SPF during the day.
Excellent Product!!its a excellent serum
The best!I was looking for an affordable option to incorporate retinol into my routine and I gave this retinol serum a try. I love that it's not drying like other retinol products and it doesn't contain any alcohol. I have been using this before going to bed and noticed that my skin has been a lot more plump, glowing, and youthful. Highly recommended!
Love this retinolI really love this retinol. It soaks into my skin and doesn't leave any oily residue. I have noticed such a difference in a short period of time since using this. It is really affordable (as are all products from the ordinary). I have enlarged pores and my skin is prone to break out but this has already made a noticeable difference in just a few weeks. Would highly recommend it.
Love itI was using the next strength down in the squaline based retinol and I ran out a little while ago. I missed it in my bedtime routine but didn’t rush to buy more until...I noticed the massive difference in texture without it! The effects had snuck up on me slowly I think! Im 40 with texture being my biggest skin concern due to acne and sun damage scars, this really helps! I was tempted to ask for a...Read More
not for my skinI think should've used a lower percent because this one made my face dry and I also started getting dry rashes on my cheeks
Glowing skin!! but keep out of the sun!I have purchased this product twice now and i have used retinoids for several years... this is the best one i have tried. I use it every night and i have never had such clear glowing skin. I'm 26 and this summer have started to see some fine lines... in a matter of weeks they have reduced significantly - particularly on my forehead. Make sure to wear suncream and zinc when you're out in the sun th...Read More
Amazing for lines and scarringDoes the job it says it would. Amazing at renewing skin which helps with fine lines and also acne scarring. Can be a little irritating and make sure to use sunscreen with it but super useful in my routine and I'd definitely recommend
Wouldn't buy againI purchased this because the 2% Retinol in Emulsion was sold out EVERYWHERE for months, and thought I would give this a go. The squalane is not a good choice for my skin, the oily-ness was overpowering and I woke up as if I had just put it on. Would not recommend. My skin is usually combintation, so I didn't think this would be so bad, but I was wrong. Will definitely be going back to the 2% in...Read More
love this productthis product is incredible for my skin, helps with acne, scarring and also redness!!! good step up from .2 and .5% without it being too overwhelming
staple productthis product is incredible for my skin, helps with acne, scarring and also redness!!!
Well Priced RetinolThis is my first time using a retinol product so whilst I don't have anything to compare it to I would recommend this product based on the price. I have sensitive skin and haven't had many problems with irritation. You do get left with a bit of an oily residue; it doesn't absorb very fast, but this is to be expected from an oil based product! I put it on at night and wake up with fresh moisturised...Read More
excellent productI havent found a cheaper form of rose hip oil anywhere ever...in fact,ive bought these more expensive brands & found them very ineffective - not worth buying...a waste of time & a waste of money
love ithelps so much with acne scarring
smooth lines and glowy skinMy skin really transformed since I started using this retinol. It is strong and you should work your way up to it with a milder version first. I've been using a much more expensive product previously and The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane outperforms it by far. No more redness and irritation. I use it every night with some moisturiser on top and wake up with smooth, glowy skin. It also helps with...Read More
Love love love!This was my first time trying a vitamin A product and I am really impressed! I only use this once or twice a week and I've noticed my skin has become a lot softer and brighter since using this. I love the scent, and the oil-like consistency applies really nicely. Love it.
Strong and effectiveI thought I knew what to expect from retinol as I had used other retinol products in the past so I ignored the Ordinary’s advice to start at the lower strengths first.
As a result my skin was not used to this strength and I experienced significant amounts of peeling every time I used it for a long time! .
I persevered and now my skin is used to it. I can also see great results in the ...Read More
Great addition to skincare routineI'd transitioned from the granactive retinol and had no troubles with the 1%. I noticed a visible improvement in brightness and tone to my skin when I first started using it,I guess now it's maintaining that.
Cheap retinolThis product worked with my skin. I have dry and sensitive skin and have been careful to use this weekly. So far there has been no irritation or excessive dryness. Make sure to use sunscreen when using this product frequently.
Miracle OilI love this product. I have seen a notable improvement in the fine lines on my face. I have only been using it for a month and the results are amazing. It soo cheap so I can use it on my neck and chest area to assist in preventing wrinkles.
Thee Best Most Affordable Retinol Product Out!Hi all, I've tried a few different retinol creams and serums now, the one by the brand Indeed was not too bad caused more peeling and redness but perhaps worked more on the below rather than surface layers. Comparing to this one which was considerably more expensive, I'd say this serum is already giving good results, plumper skin finer lines...yay! :)
I'd definitely recommend, this lil gem ...Read More
Fantastic, if used correctlyI had no reactions to this in the first couple of months of use, but after about 2-3 months, my skin began burning and peeling terribly. Because I thought my skin was really sturdy, I would put a decent amount of this on every night, and compromised my skin barrier as a result. It took 2-3 weeks for my skin to settle. I've slowly reintroduced this back into my routine, but only every second night ...Read More
Obsessed!I mix this in with my moisturiser or sleep mask to reduce irritation - skin is soft and glowy the next day.
A lot goes a long wayA lot goes a long way with this bottle and I did not have any reaction to it whatsoever, still early days but very happy
My new best friendHaving some severe acne problems i immediately jumped and purchased the retinol 1 percent in squaline and within a month I virtually get no pimples, and the squaline helps with moisture. A WINNING COMBO
Radiant and fresh skin all the timeLOVE LOVE LOVE this product. it makes my skin so soft and alive. even if i wake up tired my skin atleast looks awake! the squalane is an added bonus, it keeps my skin moisturised over night. it can be strong so make sure you dont over exfoliate.
it seems like not suitable for me!My friend intruduced me this serum but after using it for two weeks I think it wasn't my cup of tea....
Has turned my skin aroundThis serum is sensational. I could see results from first use - woke up with significantly softer skin. With consistent use I am seeing great results. I have very sensitive and eczema prone skin and haven't had bad reactions like flaking and rashes except when I used too closely after an exfoliant (which you are not meant to do). I used to get bad reactions and dryness to prescription tretinoin cr...Read More
It's a slow process but we're getting thereBig upside of this product, it's no irritation. No infamous retinol burn. I'm using it every 2nd night and my skin can tolerate it. Huzzah!
The downside, I'm not sure if it's really working?! It hasn't made a WOW difference, so I think I'll just have to hang in there and see.
The big big big upside, this product is super cheap. Give it a go, it's not a massive outlay if it does not sui...Read More
Much harsher than Retinoid 5%Well, due to apparent worldwide shortages of the Retinoid 5% (By the Ordinary) I have used for the last 18 months with no issue - I purchased this. And, the short story is it gave me 'retinol burn'... I was advised by their hotline to use only on alternate days or to first use moisturiser which seems to help provided I avoid the already burnt and tender bits. The moral of the story is this is not ...Read More
Watch your percentageI’m not sure how to feel about this product. At first I used it and it had a little irritation but my skin was fine and nothing happened. I only had a bit of purging within my skin but the skin on my face was peeling a lot. I recommend that you use a really good moisturiser that’s very hydrating with this.
great valuei love this product, after using two weeks my skin felt great and was glowing. I have dry skin and this also helps with my everyday routine, must have!
Good for the priceNot the best retinol product I've used, however decent for the price. Like it bette than the retinol from the inkey list, which is similar in price. Easy to apply, not tacky like some other retinol products. Didn't cause any irritation like i have experienced in the past with vitamin a products.
My bestfriendI have combination to dry skin. I honestly can't live without retinol and I was so happy to find a product with a high concentration of it for such a low price. I will say that although this product does everything good to my skin, it does leave it a little bit dry, which is fine because I always add moisturizer afterwards.
Does the trickGreat price for a product with retinol, and it does show benefits if you use after a few months!
UnsureFirst time trying retinol. It feels nice to apply, but it is slightly irritating and the smell is a bit off putting. Have not noticed any charges yet. A lot goes a long way! Will keep using.
Well priced Retinol!I like the feel of this retinol, easy to apply and well absorbed. I use it over a moisturiser as it irritated me on a dry washed face.
Good introduction to retinolI have dry skin and bought this product for preventative measures against aging so I haven't noticed any difference in my skin. It has an oily texture and is not too thick but takes a little while to absorb in the skin. I think its a good introduction to retinol, as I didn't experience any irritability or redness after gradually incorporating it into my routine, but I think I'll try a different r...Read More
Gentle retinol formula!I slowly built up to this strength of retinol by starting with the lower concentrations by the ordinary. I found very little irritation with this serum, unlike some other brands. Building up to it probably helped a lot. I would recommend new users try this for the price point and the great effects. It made my skin so smooth!
Gentle but effectiveSuper affordable retinol, and the squalene makes it very gentle and soothing on the skin. Amazing for drier skin too!
Starter RetinolReally great starting retinol. No irritation and does on nicely. Not as effective as some of the more expensive options but it is 10% of the price!
Doesn't sting or irritateI was concerned that this product might sting and irritate my skin, as retinol products from more expensive brands in the past have. My skin tolerates this just fine. I am able to apply it every night.
A little goes a long way.
I am in my mid-40's, with combination skin that is prone to breakouts and redness. I am starting to experience the first signs of ageing with fine lin...Read More
My skin hated thisMy skin hated this produced it made my skin so red and irritated. I also found it quite drying. Skinstitute retinol is a much better alternative to this.
fantastic but...I love the product but the consistency is a little oily. thankfully I only use it at nighttime.
Not good for dark skin...I used the ordinary retinol 1%, applied 2 drops from the eye dropper that was fine then i applied the same amount 2 days later and i felt a tingling feeling with in 1-2 minutes
so i went and washed it off straight away.
The next morning i had noticed black /dark brown spots underneath & around my eyes.
It looks horrible.
Please be careful if you have a medium skin tone
Powerful product that helps with pigmentation and skin textureI purchased this product without realising that 1% retinol was "strong" and was worried about how it would affect my sensitive skin.
Surprisingly, it performed really well. It helped fade my acne scars and other pigmentation as well as improving overall skin texture. I use at night and then next day my skin always is glowing and very vibrant. This definitely performs as well as higher...Read More
It's not for my skin typeI am using since 2 weeks but I didn't see any difference in my skin texture. I have oily/sensitive skin And its oil base formula so it doesn't soak in my skin. I am great fan of the ordinary products but this one is not for my skin. I am thinking to order the granactive emulsion seems that is in cream base and works for me!!!
Great results but the oily texture is a little annoyingI love the results of this product. I have found that since using it, it seems to have helped with my acne. It helps to keep my skin tone even and healthy looking.
I find the oilyness a little annoying but for the price It's totally worth it. Such an affordable product with great results. I'm on my third bottle now and about to order my 4th and I'll definitely continue to use it.
Great for texture.I really liked this product, I noticed an overall smoother texture of my skin and less noticeable fine lines. Highly recommend!
First Timer - RetinolIt is part of my nightly routine. I use it with antioxidants and almost immediately I started seeing results. I enjoy using this product but I may increase the %%%.
Cheap enough to bathe inA watery oil like texture. It’s cheap enough, so I bathe my neck and décolletage in it twice a day. Starting to see improvements in skin texture and it might be all in my head but I think fine lines are improved.
The OrdinaryA lightweight and mild formula. Promising product for a retinol formula at this price range. But... it just didn't work for my skin in particular. I've used it by itself or with other chemical exfoliants and just didn't see any result in my skin. Just because it didn't work for me, it is still a great product to try.
Beautiful glowing skinI finally upgraded from the 0.5% to this and while I was anticipating all kinds of skin issues from both products, my skin has responded so well, with no flaking or redness at all. I woke up after using the 1% for the first time and noticed a remarkable glow to my face. I am very impressed and can't do without this product! As long as you work your way up and don’t put too much on your face, this ...Read More
Proceed with cautionWhilst I am genuinely happy with the product and I've seen fantastic results (improvement in texture and colour uniformity), I am writing the review as a warning: do not get overexcited about the frequency of application.
As someone struggling with active acne as well as healing spots and scars, I literally get excited to see what changed overnight after application, it can do wonders...Read More
Smooth and effectiveFeels so good on my skin and already seeing its effect after a week
Good oil based retinol - not for beginners!I really love this retinol product as is a very concentrated formula that will deliver some great results if used properly. This should definitely not be your first experience using retinol because your skin needs time to get used to it and "purge". I have come to realize that I'm not a huge fan of squalane because of how it sits on the skin (very oily) but this would be fantastic for people with ...Read More
Great budget friendly retinol productI have been using a 1% retinol for a few months and purchased this as a cheaper replacement for my usual brand. I have noticed a difference in my skin with reduced breakouts and a more clear and even skin tone. Despite being in oil, this retinol is not too oily, absorbs quite quickly and the oil helps to prevent the skin drying out. There are definitely more effective retinols out there, but for t...Read More
Great preventative anti agingI started with the lower Retinol serums working my way up as advised. I have really noticed a difference in my skin over time. I am early 30's with generally pretty good skin however I wanted to start preventative treatments now. I recommend these products to people who are looking for less invasive anti ageing solutions.
No results yetI have been using this for about a month (every second night). I thought it might help with pigmentation of my skin but I haven't noticed a difference. I got quite a few little pimple/bumps when I started but they went away quickly.
I like the squalane oil and use it regularly but I don't think I will repurchase this.
Crush can’t get over how soft my skin isSo I am using this product with the Hyalronic Acid and Niacinamide in my Pm skin care regimen and my newest crush cannot get over just how soft my skin and cheeks has become. He keeps finding excuse now to touch, or stroke, my cheeks. It’s really cute.
Great for the price!This is great as a starting point to retinol, I didn’t want to try anything too expensive and this was the perfect starting point. Definitely noticed a difference in my skin and highly recommend!
Good value!I don’t have particularly sensitive skin and have used active ingredients before but found my skin broke out a little when I first started using this. It’s been about a month now of using it every second night. I feel my skin looks brighter the morning after using and I’m sure after extended use I will start to see more of a difference! Definitely worth it for the price point!
A solid retinol formula.It took me some time to utilise this the right way for my combo/oily skin, however for me (32F) the best results have been using it last in my routine; essentially using the squalane as an occlusive to prevent moisture loss when using an active like retinol, and not over heavy layering of products. Stick to a simple moisturiser that doesn't have any actives besides niacinamide, which works well w...Read More
Good retinolIt is already a well know fact that retinol is a powerful ingredient. I was previously using some other retinol cream and mixed it with some other oil. But this one already comes in an oil form and doesn’t contain any water. I heard water can make retinol unstable so it’s a good thing I think. I think I will keep using this one.
Great for the priceThis is the first retinol I've used and decided to try something cheaper first. Have definitely noticed a difference in my skin from using it over the last month and will continue to purchase.
RefreshedLoved how it removed dead skin and made my face brighter the next day. Highly recommend.
Only been a couple of weeks but my skin is the sameGot this to treat Milia which is a keratin build up under skin that causes small white bumps.
It's only been couple of weeks but I'm using it every other day and haven't seen a change. I'll keep using as hopefully it more of a long term thing.
Only been a couple of weeks but my skin is the sameGot this to treat Milia which is a keratin build up under skin that causes small white bumps. It's only been couple of weeks but I'm using it every other day and haven't seen a change. I'll keep using as hopefully it more of a long term thing.
Rids dead skin wellI accidentally bought this product when I meant to buy the one not in squalane but I ended up liking it. It feels moisturising, doesn't hurt. It gets a lot of dead skin off. Still personally prefer the serum texture one fr my routine but this one is great too.
Love love love these products!Started using products from the Ordinary a few months ago and my skin has never felt better! They are so affordable but so good! The retinol especially has made such a difference.
Hydrating, but subtleI used this over a 4-6 month period. Its easy to apply and feels light It’s one of those things where the rewards are tested in time... Am I wrinkly? No. But I’m only in my early 30s. I’m at the point where I need to be keeping an eye on some fine lines, particularly around the eyes and mouth. Hopefully keeping my skin hydrated with these products will keep them at bay for a bit longer! It’s just ...Read More
Value for $$$Great value for money. I have found that my skin is clearer and brighter since using the retinol each night. I don't find this harsh on my skin at all.
Excellent - moisturisingThis is excellent. I used to use the granactive retinoid but decided to try this as its cheaper and is clinically proven. I love this in the squalane. Very gentle and moisturising. I will keep using this from now on.
Best priced skincareThis is sooooo worth the money!! i've used this consistently for 3-4 weeks now along with my skincare routine and ive noticed less redness and smoother skin with natural glow that shows through my makeup!
Affordable RetinolI have really dry skin and I love how this retinol comes with squalane. It makes my skin looks refreshed the next day!
It just works and budget friendlyThis just basically does what retinol supposed to do on my skin. not too irritating that my skin peels off, so it is good. it is a great replacement for the granactive retinol one that is out of stock until now.
Fantastic!!i have always had a lot of dark spots on my face such as under my eyes, my cheeks. this product is amazing. i only purchased it not even 2 weeks ago and i can already see a massive difference. i have even been getting compliments saying that my skin looks so much better and more alive. 100% going to repurchase. i HIGHLY recommend.
Lovely retinolReally nice retinol, soaked into skin well, skin texture looked improved
Worked wellDid exactly what it was meant to. Worked really well on my skin and left my skin smooth and practically glowing! highly recommend
WorksGreat product, not too harsh on the skin. Love it
Love this brandFirst time using retinol. I chose this product over others as it's Vegan & cruelty free. I think this is a very good product, however, it will take a while for you to see results, as opposed to using retinoids. I'll finish this bottle off (as my skin has tolerated it very well with no adverse affects) and then choose a higher strength from the same brand. Price-point was excellent.
Average and affordableCurrently on my second bottle and use it 4/7 nights. No irritation, excellent for sensitive skin. Overall haven’t notice a huge difference..
Good for first time retinolI have oilier skin and was expecting this to make me look oilier but it made my skin look smoother and fresher! I have only used it for 2 months but have seen it calm breakouts I had which i wasn't expecting it too. I also didn't experience drying like i thought i would (I have used harsher products though). I will continue to use it as my family has even noticed a difference in the texture of my ...Read More
Love this!I absolutely love this product, after reading previous reviews I knew I had to buy! I was a bit nervous as I had never used retinol before but wow! My skin is looking great, it’s made a noticeable difference to my redness and appearance of those pesky left over acne/pimples that I haven’t had budge in months. I’ve only been using for a week or 2 and am so impressed, can’t wait to see what it will ...Read More
great product for an even better priceI have dry skin and this is my first time using retinol. I've only been using in on alternate nights for the past week but feel that my skin is benefiting from this product! I'm yet to have any dry skin around my mouth which I've read retinol can cause. Would buy this product again, but might try the higher % of retinol next time
Lovely product for priceI’d been looking for a retinol to address some pigmentation and slight scaring on cheeks from teenage acne and this works quite well.
I noticed my skin was soft, smooth and with a glow the next morning but I started to see more better results in my skin texture with a couple of weeks using it. I didn’t experience any tingling as my skin is quite tolerant but still recommend using it every s...Read More
Doesn't work for meI didn't like this on my skin
Super affordableI upgraded from another The Ordinary retinol and was hoping I would experience some peeling so I know it's working but I didn't so I'll have to try a different brand next time. It's great for the price and a little oily so I'll stick to using it when I have dry skin in winter.
GreatThis is my first time using a retinol, so wasn't sure what to expect or what my skin would do. But I love the product. Makes my skin glow and radiant
Major value for moneyI LOVE this product. In saying that, I jumped too quickly to this strength as a first time user, however it always left my skin feeling great prior to the side-effects. The formulation is easy to apply, its pleasantly scentless and I never find it greasy on my skin. After week 2 I broke out in a rash on the sides of my face and felt quite sunburnt. Luckily I am surrounded by plenty of seasoned ret...Read More
Ok productI had been using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% and decided to upgrade to this product. I have to say I am not that impressed with it and feel it is a bit oily, I much prefer the consistency of the Emulsion compared to the Squalane. I haven't any real improvement to my skin & will go back to the Emulsion.
AmazingThis is the retinol that I use a few times a week as it does not irritate my skin. It gives my skin a gentle exfoliation and helps with texture
Try before $pending big buck$ on other products!I was a little reluctant to try this product being so cheap, as previous Retinols I have used in the past range from $45-$140, I was worried it wouldn't be effective at all.
Though I am so glad I purchased this product and have recommended to all my friends!
Not completely soldI have been using this product for 4 days/ I have sensitive skin and the tingling as well as red blotches in skin has been a little uncomfortable.
I have used retinol before and have never had these side effects.
My skin does feel softer the next day after using.
May need to wait a few more weeks
Amazing!I've been using this product for a week and I am absolutely in love. It's honestly such a fabulous product, easily affordable and makes my skin feel delicious by the end of the process. Definitely going to be a regular order for many years to come!
AffordableGreat price for a retinol. I do not experience any tingling or burning when using this product, however, I feel that my other retinol products are more effective. The texture is like a facial oil and overall this is a great product.
Not for sensitive skinI wanted to love this product as I've read so many good reviews. I liked how it felt on the skin, I'm a fan of facial oils so Retinol with squalane is right up my alley. I have dry sensitive skin which means my skin reacted badly on this serum. It didn't appear after the first use but it slowly did after a few days from the first use. I slowly introduced this to my routine with just once a week bu...Read More
Great product, great price!I love this retinol! This is bottle #3, such a good product for a budget price!
Awesome everyday retinolThis is a great every day retinol that doesn't cause tingling like others I have used with a higher percentage. Nice and light and no fragrance, which is always good!
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