The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% 30ml
4.8 of 42 reviews
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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight.
- Cruelty Free
- Fragrance Free
- Sulphate Free
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- Feels great! (21)
- Firm (9)
- Beautiful (219)
- Great value (9643)
- Age Prevention
- Deep Lines
- Acne, breakouts and blackheads
- Dull, dry or dehydrated skin
- First signs of ageing
- Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
- Wrinkles and loss of firmness
- Normal to dry
- Normal to oily
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4.8 of 42 reviews
98% recommend this product
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I have recently done a purchase of a number of products from the ordinary for my oily/acne prone skin. I was looking for a product which would hydrate my skin and prevent early signs of ageing while not further irritating my acne. I have been applying this product every night before bed even over the top of medical grade acne treatment and have found it to be very hydrating, I love the texture and always wake up with soft and plump feeling skin. I have experienced absolutely no irritation and could not recommend this serum highly enough. I am confident it would suit all skin types including dry and sensitive and think you should introduce it to your skin care regime if you are like me and looking for some early anti-ageing products. Will definitely buy again
Good for a little bit of refiningSeems to refine pores slightly, which is nice. Nice texture, makes you feel a bit pampered.
So far so good...be patient!!This product is really great but I would definitely say you need to have patience and persistence. I have combination, sensitive and acne prone skin. I have been struggling with hormal breakouts off and on for the past 6 years and have tried so many skin care treatments and medications. I bought this product after reading and researching The Ordinary and their products and benefits of using these for treating acne. I decided to give it a go, and I have no regrets. My skin is glowing more and I’m starting to see a big reduction in new acne. I use this product along with salicylic acid 2% solution, vitamin c suspension (every couple of nights) and plant derived squalane or rosehip oil - for hydration. At first I thought it was a lot of products to pile on my skin but it all glides on smoothly and my skin is able to absorb all the products and their goodness while I’m sleeping. I did notice some irritation (dry flaky and itchy) with using this product but I think it is because I was using it too regularly.
Best Product from the OrdinaryI have recently done a purchase of a number of products from the ordinary for my oily/acne prone skin. I was looking for a product which would hydrate my skin and prevent early signs of ageing while not further irritating my acne. I have been applying this product every night before bed even over the top of medical grade acne treatment and have found it to be very hydrating, I love the texture and always wake up with soft and plump feeling skin. I have experienced absolutely no irritation and could not recommend this serum highly enough. I am confident it would suit all skin types including dry and sensitive and think you should introduce it to your skin care regime if you are like me and looking for some early anti-ageing products. Will definitely buy again
ExcellentHave started applying the retionol at night for the last week and a half. I found it to be amazing, can feel the active ingredients when applied on my skin. I only use a small amount and it is extremely important to ensure you wear sunscreen as it can make your sign more sensitive to the sun.
OMG!!!This product has saved my skin! I am mid 30's and still struggle with hormonal breakouts like a teen! Ugh...
I decided to try this product due to 'no down time' that normal ret A's have!
My skin is clear, soft and almost all of my redness has gone! I will absolutely continue on with this as with my other Ordinary serums!!
My fave of The Ordinary retinoids!I use this on my face and actually on my bottom too where I get spots! It's done wonders for the backside and I prefer it to the retinol in squalene as it dries with no greasy feel and seems to be keeping me smooth and helping to fade spots. On teh face it's great too, skin is very soft but as someone with dry skin I am careful not to get it on my under eye skin and around the corners of my nose otherwise I find I get some light peeling and dryness.
Good valueGreat for layering underneath a moisturiser for added hydration or to be a base for makeup. Can take a while to be absorbed.I was using everyday but it did cause minor breakouts with me, so now just use it when my skin needs a boost.
PromisingThis is a smooth, non oily addition to my night time skincare. I find that this pairs well with all of my acids and would not hesitate to repurchase. The texture of my skin has reduced slightly and hyper-pigmentation has been lightly touched. Overall it is has replaced a more expensive retinoid.
Love this stuff!I have been using this product at night in conjunction with the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and the Organic Rose Hip Oil and my skin is looking great. I have definitely noticed a difference in the fine lines around my eyes. I have somewhat sensitive skin but have had no reaction at all. I would highly recommend.
New Generation GeniusBeauty is not pain! There is no irritation, no sensitivity, redness or peeling.
I stand by this product with the research that goes behind this new generation product. I use this every other day as I am also using other acids, and I have not experienced any increased irritation or peeling and the results after a month of use was fantastic, I will definitely continue using this.
Works on Oily, Acne-prone skin!Unlike some other retinol creams that I've used in the past, this retinoid serum is non-drying and lightweight and has just completely transformed my oily, acne-prone skin. I have used this product along with The Ordinary's 10% Niacinamide serum every two nights, and it's made my skin a lot smoother, brighter and has reduced my acne and associated redness/inflammation. I do still get an odd pimple here and there, but so much less that I used to. My acne seems to heal faster now as well after using this product.
I've almost finished the entire bottle, so recently bought TO's new 2% Retinoid in Squalene. I'll let you guys know how that one compares to this one once I've used it!
Amazing!This is another game changer from The Ordinary.
This retinol product somehow manages to be incredibly gentle, with no flaking or redness, yet incredibly powerful, with smoother, even toned, poreless skin!
And how do they do this for less than $20?!?!? It blows me away.
Do yourself, your skin and your wallet a favour. Buy this NOW.
Saviour!After reading the reviews I had to try it for myself. I have hormonal breakouts on my chin after coming off the pill and have been trying so many different products to clear it. This product actually really works! I haven’t used a retinoid before and absolutely love this one. It has cleared my breakouts & old scarring after 2 weeks (although I do not scar for long). It has brightened up my complexion and smoothed out my skin
Game ChangerI bought this product after hunting for a retinol/retinoid cream which wouldn't cost me a fortune. I was dubious because of the low cost however this product is INCREDIBLE. I am 29 and have been suffering with hormonal adult acne on and off for the past 5 years. My break outs are controlled now however I was left with red marks and scars. I'm also starting to get fine lines and my skin was looking dull.
The product has been my savior! I apply at night only and every morning I wake up feeling like I have new skin. It has shrunk my pores so much I can barely see them and my break outs have diminished by up to 80%. It also does a great job at fading red marks and helps to heal old blemishes much quicker. HERO PRODUCT!!!
New Fav!The only product so far that has managed to improve pigmentation problem areas. Using less concealer and feeling more confident!
LOVE this productI love this product. This is the very first retinol/retinoid product I've ever used, and I was worried I'd have irritation and flaking (as I've heard that this is pretty common). I needn't have worried, this is so gentle that it hasn't irritated my skin at all. I'm in my 20s and starting to introduce some preventative anti-aging products, and I will definitely be re-purchasing this one - you really can't beat it for the price!
Glowing SkinInstant results - left my skin smooth and glowing from the first application. Highly recommend this product.
Great in my night-time routineEasy to apply and has been helping to sort out the redness i have on and around my nose. I use this at night and make sure to apply an spf in the daytime. I use this 3 times a week and alternate it with The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. A little goes a long way.
Great on sensitive skin.The best retinol treatment. I have sensitive skin & other retinol products burn my skin. I also have mature combination skin prone to breakouts. This product treats signs of aging, clears breakouts but without any adverse burning. I will order it again.
Very effective, amazing price!I used this product for about 2 months before seeing any improvement but it eventually really does work! Have noticed improved skin clarity and fine lines diminished
My only gripe would be that I wish it came in a tube as I've heard retin a loses effectiveness very quickly when exposed to air
Must have!I can't believe it took me this long to find this product. It's affordable and it works straight away. It helps with red spots and gives me that youthful glow. I have no problems using this every night. Definitely a must buy for anyone
Great price & great product!I have normal skin and love using retinoid to improve my fine lines and general appearance of skin. I use this in the PM and am loving it! Great price and product- very happy. Will re-purchase or try their more powerful retinoid next time.
FantasticCleared my skin up pretty much the first night. I have normal/oily skin and had some breakouts. This helped immediately, I always wake up with amazing skin. It feels soft and nourished.
SO good!I've been using this for the last month and a half and have really seen results. It's much gentler than Dermalogica's Retionoid so it can be used more often. Really seen my skin tone even out and the redness in my face begin to disappear.
Brillaint10 days and already getting compliments. Use at night and fabulous
First Active Product EverFirst time using a Retinoid (or any Active) of any description.
With 2 months use I have noticed an even tone and (just ever so slightly) smoother lines around my eyes. I have had no discomfort at all.
Fairly late to the skincare game (43 years of age with oily & dehydrated skin) and enjoying/loving all the pampering my skin is receiving !!!
Love it !I've been using it for three weeks now and I love it so much ! My skin is much brighter softer on touch and feels so hydrated!! I know what retinol is , I've been using it before from professional cosmetic line and I want to say I'll never go back to it . I love my the ordinary retinoid now so much better !!! Highly recommend ❤️❤️
Best purchase of my life!I have a lot of redness and texture issues from a horrible hormonal outbreak last year. This has resulted in many pigmentation and deep scars which has been the worst for my self esteem. Countless bottles of serums, lotions and exfoliation options later, I have found my holy grail! This Retinoid is the best thing I've ever tried. I was as skeptical due to all my prior disappointments but the Ordinary Retinoid has been a lifesaver. I am fortunate enough not to have any active pimples anymore so it works great for evening out my skin tone and texture. It takes about a week see progress but I promise you it is worth the wait. My hyperpigmentation has faded so much and my skin is the smoothest it's ever been. I've been using this for the past two months and it's given me my confidence back. Although it won't resurface my deeper acne scars, it helps the overall texture. I would 100% recommend it anyone like me, especially at such a cheap price.
Really wanted to like this...Really wanted to like this product for the price. But should have guessed though as well for them being so cheap. I was a regular user of Skinstitut retinol but decided to try this, as they have received so Rave reviews apparently. Sadly it started to break me out and this isn't an initial breakout because I was already a regular retinol user. I'll go back to skinstitut.
AMAZINGThis is an incredible product, I have only been using for a week but already my skin feels and looks so much better. I have really sensitive, combination skin and I'm prone to breakouts so its really difficult trying to find decent products that don't destroy my face.
I use after Buffet in evening and follow with rose hip oil.
Every 3rd day I swap the retinoid with lactic acid for exfoliation.
The Ordinary is bloody incredible.
FANTASTIC!I'm in that awkward stage of life where I'm still getting big greasy pores and pimples and some nice lines.
After 1 week of this my skin has never ever felt so amazing. I am using Buffet as well twice a day and this at night. I have not had any irritation and only got a couple of extra pimples when starting. I'm getting compliments on my skin almost every day!
I'm a convert!
Best Retinol I've UsedAt 52 I have tried a lot of the 'hyped' products on the market with little to no results.
The Ordinary Retinoid 2% works! Not over night, (it took about 2 weeks before I started to see any change in my skin), however the change is visible. I know I will never look 25 again, but ... I have seen a change in the tone of my skin, the wrinkles and sagging.
The price put me off at first because I had purchased products well over $250.00 with no results. My advise ... try this product ladies, (and gents). What have you got to lose? At under $10.00, this is outstanding. Good on The Ordinary, for being different!!! 9.5 out of 10
Love it!Love this product, it is very affordable yet works better then high end/luxury products. I have definitely seen a difference in my skin after using it for a couple of weeks. Recommend it for all different types of skin. Will definitely be purchasing it again.
Retinol vs RetinoidDeciem/The Ordinary currently offer 2 retinol products (the 1% Retinol Emulsion and this one - the Advanced Retinoid 2%). The 1% is actually the stronger of the two because of the difference in ingredients (retinol vs retinoid).
I found perhaps the best review I've ever read of all The Ordinary’s products on a U.K. website called Victoria Health (https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/the-ordinary-the-definitive-review-1).
And in their words:
“There is a big difference between a retinoid and retinol, which is why the [2%] product is more gentle than the [1%] retinol despite being double the strength.
Retinoid esters (like those in the 2% product) are structurally larger, so they take longer to be absorbed into the skin, which is what makes the ingredient so non-irritating”.
Most prescription retinols come in roughly these strengths (in order of potency);
0.01%, 0.025%, 0.050% and finally the 0.1% (or 1%).
So The Ordinary’s 1% product is equivalent (in retinol strength) to the strongest of the RetinA’s, therefore if you haven't used retinols before, bear in mind you're jumping in at the very deepest end with that one, and will more than likely be flaky, peeling, red and inflamed for the best part of a week. With retinols you have to work up to it VERY gradually (3-4 months on each strength, advised by some dermatologists).
The 2% product will be a much better alternative because it avoids the irritation associated with traditional retinols (even on someone who has never used them before). So if you're new to retinols or want something a little less aggressive this 2% is advanced, very effective but still gentle.
I've used prescription retinols for a few years and can say that having now used both of The Ordinary’s retinol formulas, it would appear (from my own experience) that the 2% is definitely less irritating and I had no shedding, flaking or peeling whatsoever with that product, and it's gentle enough for me to use it every second day.
The 1% caused a full shedding 48 hours later (that took another 4 days to fully resolve).
So be aware - the 1% is NOT the less potent of the two. It's actually the reverse.
Nice ProductI like this product - it delivers for those who can't do normal retinol. My skin felt exfoliated all the time (no need for any other exfoliation) and it felt smooth and there was no irritation.
Because I still want to try and stick with the standard retinol (I went in boots and all and of course ended up with dry red horrible skin), I am using the standard retinol one a week and then building up over a long period of time.
I noticed this week when I used the standard retinol for the first time in a while that the difference was even more noticeable (skin even softer and smoother and glowing).
I think once I am using the standard retinol more I will drop this product though...only because I like the strength of the standard retinol if that makes sense.
NO DOUBTDefinitely tops the list. I have been having hyper-pigmentation for quite some time and after applying 3-4 drops for the very first time, I saw immediate results the next morning. My face was brighter and clearer, and lesser dark spots. I have sensitive skin, and for this to work, just shows how much of a find this was. Recommend this to everyone!
Glowy skinFirst time using a retinoid, and no problems - just really nice glowing skin. Use with Rosehip oil at night.
FantasticI have oily sensitive skin. No irritation whatsoever. This has really improved my skin. Scars have reduced and tone has improved
I'm new to this beauty regime thing.... but this is easyAfter 40 odd years of not looking after my skin, I've jumped into The Ordinary range and the Retinol is one of my favourite products. I've been using this nightly for 3 months, even around my eyes, and i have to say that it is making a difference. My eyes look better, smoother and less dry all around the eye, and my frown lines are diminished. The surface of my skins is definitely smoother.
I've been using this along with the Vitamin C Suspension, Rosehip oil & the Buffet - not all together obviously :-) All in all i think the Retinol is my number 1 product for steady improvement of lots of issues, its an all round product. I've had no issues with it, no skin reactions, the price is amazingly good and the product actually works (my patience is paying off!!). Fully understand why The Ordinary is winning all the awards internationally right now.
Amazing product!!!I have been using The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% for about 2 weeks (twice a week at night) now and I have realised my acne scars and discoloration slowly disappearing. I have sensitive skin and this product did not irritate my skin at all.
I also use The Ordinary Glycolic cleanser every night, Ascobyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Vit C serum) every night and Niacinamide + Zinc 2% every morning.
greatI am a 70yr old woman and have always looked after my skin however I do have wrinkles have been using the retinoid with buffet and moisturiser at night and and Vitamin C with buffet in am i noticed an improvement in wrinkles and skin texture in a week great products
YAYI recently was diagnosed with eczema around my eyes and so I have been trying to find suitable skin care that wont make my skin crawl and crack.
I have used this once tonight together with the Hyaluronic Acid and the Moisturizing cream.
I was skeptical about adding retinol into my routine but this product DID NOT irritate my skin AT ALL. I am incredibly impressed!