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The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
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The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

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R335.00 inc. VAT

A highly-stable, water-free Solution of 0.5% direct retinol. The gold-standard for reducing the appearances of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and general skin ageing.  

This retinol-focused serum contains plant-derived squalane which helps to stabilise the 0.5 percent pure retinol (also known as vitamin A) as well as decrease irritation commonly associated with the wrinkle-fighting and skin-smoothing ingredient. Those two are paired with jojoba seed oil, tomato fruit extract, and rosemary leaf extract to keep skin soothed and looking fresh.

Volume: 30 mL

Caution: Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling – please see the cautionary notes below in the Seoul Guide. Retinol products should also not be used during pregnancy. 

Please note that this product is obtained from the Korean distribution facility of the The Ordinary and will thus contain English as well as Korean on the packaging. 

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Seoul Guide

In the evening, apply a small amount to face after water-based serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected sun exposure. To introduce your skin to retinols, the serum can also be applied after your moisturiser step. This can potentially reduce irritation. Your skin needs to build tolerance to the retinol, so introduce into your routine slowly and always patch test before using for the first time. 

Caution: Retinol can cause irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. Cease use and consult a physician if persistent irritation occurs. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children. Refrigerate after opening. 

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: 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.

When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.

Why we like it

Retinol is a well known ingredient in the skincare community that can assist with ageing and hyperpigmentation. If used properly, this serum can become an indispensable item in your skincare routine.  


Ingredient List – Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Bht.


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