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Review by Sarah
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This product works. It's really made a massive difference. I'd recommend you start every second day to build up a tolerance because it is strong. I'd highly recommend this product.

Used for and improved: Acne, Fine lines & discoloration (Posted on 10/26/2017)
Review by SaraMar
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This product has changed my skin completely. I can now have no makeup days and not feel self conscious. I wont lie it did cause redness and peeling at first so I reduced my usage to 3 times weekly. It's very effective, my skin is CLEAR, fine lines reduced, breakouts non existent. So happy!! I use it at night applying it to clean skin, followed by moisturiser.
(Posted on 10/25/2017)

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The Ordinary Retinol 1%



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The Ordinary Retinol 1% is a highly effective anti-ageing treatment containing pure Retinol to combat fine lines, deeper wrinkles and the signs of photo-ageing.

Why you need it:
The Ordinary Retinol 1% is a water-free and oil-free anti-ageing treatment containing 1% Retinol, an ingredient that's been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and help repair photo damage and pigmentation caused by UV exposure. Retinol works by communicating with skin cells, increasing skin cell turnover and collagen production. It also has powerful anti-oxidant properties helping to counteract environmental damage.

Products containing Retinol are not recommended for use during pregnancy or when breast-feeding.
Always use a daily SPF when using products containing Retinol.

Free from:
Water-free, Oil-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Cruelty-free

How to use:
Apply a few drops to the face every evening as part of your PM skin care routine. Use only at night time. Do not use with other products containing Retinol or Retinoids. Always use SPF during the day time.

Retinol can sometimes cause irritation and dryness when first used, before the skin builds up tolerance. To decrease the likelihood of irritation, you can dilute The Ordinary Retinol 1% by adding to a cream or serum that does not already contain Retinol or Retinoids. You could also begin by using the product every 2 or 3 days initially, gradually increasing frequency.

If you are concerned about the possibility of irritation, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has been formulated to lessen the risk of irritation.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Isoamyl Laurate, Ethyl Methicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, Retinol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Tocopherol, BHA, BHT.
The Ordinary is a range of truly effective skincare solutions - Clinical Formulations With Integrity - that lets you design your own regimen with exactly the solutions you need. No frills and no fuss mean The Ordinary skincare gives you top quality ingredients at affordable prices. Part of the DECIEM group of beauty companies, all The Ordinary products are made by the in-house team of chemists. The Ordinary skincare formulas are vegan and cruelty-free, plus free of parabens, sulphates and mineral oil. Available now at, official The Ordinary skincare stockist.