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THE ORDINARY VS INKEY LIST: Retinol Two Ways
THE ORDINARY VS INKEY LIST: Retinol Two Ways
What is Retinol? Retinol, a derivative and milder form of prescription tretinoin, has been a holy grail ingredient in my quest to achieving smoother, tighter and firmer skin. A fat-soluble vitamin, retinol (Vit A), has some of the strongest research backing its claims of wrinkle reduction, cell turnover and other anti-aging properties. Common Usage Concerns ✨ Can be used AM and PM- there is no research that shows its harm upon sun exposure although it may increase photosensitivity and irritation to some. ✨ Can be used with other actives like niacinamide and vitamin C. Whether it causes skin irritation depends person by person. ✨ Should be phased out PRIOR to getting pregnant. Teratogenic. The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane 6.70 for 30ml Most retinols from The Ordinary and other skincare lines deliver Retinol in a oily “anhydrous” (water-free) suspension. Percentage depends on your skin tolerance but if you don’t have sensitive skin, you can go straight for the higher % rather than ease into the product. Just use fewer drops! I like that this is formulated with squalene (oil that acts like sebum), which kills two birds with one stone as the oil also acts as an ideal hydrating anti-oxidant for dry/combo skin types. This is a marginally cheaper and longer lasting product than the Inkey List’s retinol serum as 2-3 drops go a long way! It brings that glowy shine to the face, softens blackhead areas, and has completely halted more fine lines from growing on my face. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum 9.99 for 30ml More like a moisturizer method of delivery, this retinol is thicker in a oily lotion suspensión. It dispenses yellow and kind of smells like fish oil! The ingredients are impressive- has humectants, retinol and HPR (another derivative form of Vit A), Vit E and Squalene. So this has more goodies than TO’s oil suspension! On application, this dries way more matte than the Retinol 1%. It layers just fine with other serums. I am really appreciating how it blends effortlessly into my existing routine. The packaging is also way more leak-proof than the dropper application so it’s great for travel. For the extra couple bucks, I’d give this a shot if you’re looking for retinol and light moisturizer in one tube! Cheers 🥂
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Retinol 1% in Squalane
The Ordinary-Retinol 1% in Squalane