With me turning thirty next year, I need to start thinking about including some kind of anti-ageing Skincare in my Skincare Routine. That’s why when I saw that The Ordinary had a range of Retinol products that are proven to reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles, I obviously had to give one of them a go. Well after checking everything out, I eventually picked up the Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, and I thought that I would tell you what I thought of it.
Here’s what The Ordinary say about their Retinol 0.2% in Squalane.
This water-free solution contains 0.2% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearance of Fine Lines, Photo Damage and general Skin Ageing. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the Skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing Skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using our Granactive Retinoid 2% or Granactive Retinoid 5% instead of this formula.
Our portfolio of retinoids includes the following formulations:
- Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion , moderate strength, no irritation.
- Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, moderate strength, no irritation.
- Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, high strength, no to low irritation.
- Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, low strength, moderate irritation.
- Retinol 0.5% in Squalane, moderate strength, high irritation.
- Retinol 1% in Squalane, high strength, very high irritation.
Caution: Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the Eye and Mouth area in the early stages of treatment while your Skin builds tolerance. If you have not used high-strength Retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your Retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths like our Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your Skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way.
Note: Water can affect the stability of Retinol. Additionally, Plant Oils in Retinol formulations can trigger lipid peroxidation and can impair Retinol integrity. This formula does not contain Water, Silicones, Plant Oils or Alcohol.
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 Breast Feeding it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing Retinoids such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.
- Water Free.
- Alcohol Free.
- Silicone Free.
- Nut Free.
- Gluten Free.
- Cruelty Free.
I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s scent, as even though it contained Squalane, Retinol, Tomato Fruit Extract, and Jojoba Seed Oil, I thought that it had a very subtile deep and musky yet ever so slightly grassy nutty scent to it that kind of reminded me of the Cardboard Boxes that Plants come in when you buy them from a Garden Centre..
I really liked it’s consistency, as even though it was called a Serum, I thought that it felt incredibly thin and oily, and was more like an incredibly thin and oily Facial Oil rather than a thin and watery yet ever so slightly balmy Facial Serum.
what it did when I used it.
I really liked what this did when I used it, as once I had started to massage a little bit of it into my Skin, it turned from an incredibly thin and oily Facial Oil into a thick and balmy Facial Serum that sank into my Skin within a matter of seconds. I however wasn’t really a massive fan of how long it took to set though, as even after thirty minutes my Face still felt really oily.
I really liked it’s results, as not only did this leave my Skin feeling incredibly silky soft, smooth, bouncy and intensely moisturised, but it also left it looking extremely glowing, radiant and much younger for at least two days after I had used it. I also really liked that it managed to minimise quite a lot of the lines that are around my Eyes and Forehead.
I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a short cylindrical Glass Bottle with a Rubber Pipette Lid that looked beautiful sat on my Beauty Shelves.
My overall thoughts.
Overall I would have to rate The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane a nine point five out of ten . I absolutely loved it’s incredibly thin and oily consistency, what it did when I used it, it’s results including that it managed to minimise quite a lot of the lines that are around my Eyes and Forehead, and it’s packaging, but I just wasn’t a massive fan of it’s very subtile deep and musky yet ever so slightly grassy nutty scent.
Have you checked out The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane yet? What did you think of it? What’s some of your favourite Anti-Ageing products? Please let me know down below.
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