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Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

4.4( 583 Ratings )
Details
VeganCruelty-freeOil-free
Highlights
Why It's SpecialThis treatment visibly reduces the signs of aging without irritation. It diminishes the look of wrinkles and fine lines, brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and smooths and refines the skin’s texture.
What It IsThe Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a stable serum of a next-generation retinoid active that achieves better reduction in visible signs of aging than retinol - without irritation.
What Else You Need to KnowThis product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without oil, alcohol, silicone, nuts, gluten, and fragrance.
Ingredients
32 ingredients
Effects
Cetearyl Alcohol
Comedogenic
Ethyl Linoleate
Fungal Acne
Sucrose Laurate
Fungal Acne
Benzoic Acid
Comedogenic
Carrageenan
Comedogenic
Ceteareth-20
Comedogenic
Sugar
Hydrating, Soothing
Glycerin
Hydrating
Glyceryl Stearate
Hydrating, Fungal Acne
Retinol
Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Inflammatory, Brightening, Anti-Aging
Granactive Retinoid
Anti-Aging
Retinyl Palmitate
Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging, Fungal Acne, Anti-Aging
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Reviews

Should we give products a second chance?
Should we give products a second chance?
Do your products don't seem to work? Do you stop using them and then later after few weeks give them a second chance? Do some products work at all for you? When is too soon to know certain product isn't working? I dealt with these questions for months before finally able to answer them. I am a skincare ingredients learner, I am studying ingredients, skin science and skincare products formulation for more than a year and everyday I learn something new. The products I'm talking about and shown in picture are the ones that didn't work for me in the first run. I stopped using them and I realized I like the ingredients, like the formula, I know certain ingredients show result on my skin then why isn't these working? So, I gave these a second chance and Vola! I actually liked them! And not only liked, some of them quite actually worked amazing in giving me good results! These products may not be the exact same ones that need second chance from you but I believe if you have similar skin like me, this will be helpful. 1. Tonymoly AmpoulesTONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Poresole Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Synergy Ampoule TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Ampoule Moisture I love ampoules. They are more potent form of serums that are packed with ingredients which penetrate deep in skin and work their magic. But for some reason I did not like these ampoules from Tonymoly. They didn't do a thing for my skin. After weeks, I incorporated them again in my routine but with different moisturizer, sunscreens and toners and they started to feel better. I still didn't see ground breaking results from these yet but I really enjoy the formula of these amouples. It's lightweight, watery consistency that absorb quickly and doesn't feel sticky at all. I like to use these in the morning. 🌟 2. The ordinary RetinolsThe Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum Retinol is my go-to after Niacinamide. I love the results they give. The ordinary's Retinol in squalane oil was a big No for me. It was too heavy for my liking and didn't work. Then I gave it a second chance and used it along with Niacinamide serum in my routine. Of course it's oil so it goes at the very last in your night time skincare routine and it's actually great! It is very gentle, you will have to use it for 2-3 weeks atleast to see any results. Granactive Retinoid emulsion is my most favorite formula. It not only works amazing in just one use but the milky texture gets absorbes very quickly and feels amazing. My skin feels super soft and less textured the next morning. ( I have oily, Textured skin so I really like results of products that reduce that) 3. Centella Asiatica PureHeals - Centella 90 Ampoule If you're Acne prone or have sensitive skin in general, this ingredient must have been hyped a lot about in your social life. It's actually an amazing ingredient that works amazing in reducing redness and inflammation. It's calming soothing as well as hydrating. So what went wrong? It irritated my skin. It started to burn and itch a bit and I didn't feel it calming at all. Then I used it in less amount. Just three drops for entire face and I liked it! It works better if you consistently use it for 3-4 weeks. 4. Fourthray beauty Reveal. Fourth Ray - Reveal 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum It's an interesting one. I love AHAs. This was the first product that had both Glycolic acid and Lactic acid so it was quite harsh at first when i started to use. But, later when my skin could actually handle AHA and their high potency I started using this again. I loved it! It worked amazing. It gave well known AHA results, skin felt smoother and it reduced texture and hyperpigmentation. 5. Fleur and bee Fleur & Bee - Nectar of the C / Natural Vitamin C Serum This serum is supposed to work slowly so my bad that i felt it did not work at all. It does work if you use it for weeks. Simple as that. Some products do take time than others,this is one of them. I like the feel and tecture of this Vitamin C serum It's an affordable option for anyone who wants a good Vitamin C serum. Let me know do you give your products a second chance? ❤️
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Beautycation_by_shruti
Centella 90 Ampoule
PureHeals-Centella 90 Ampoule
Good mild anti aging serum but a bit drying
Good mild anti aging serum but a bit drying
The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion This retinoid is available in different strengths, and this is described as moderate strength with no irritation. This is a granactive retinoid, which means it uses next-generation retinol which according to the ordinary, have been shown to reduce signs of aging with lesser irritation. This is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. If you look at the texture of this (see texture photo), it comes in a yellowish, lightweight liquid that is not particularily moisturizing. It is meant to be used in the evenings after cleansing and before heavier moisturizers like oils or creams. It is silicone free so it's appropriate for acne prone skin. In my late 30s, I'm very interested in retinols because they are the one tried and true anti aging ingredient. I have more fine lines than I'd like, but retinol use is scary because of the irritation, peeling and flaking associated with even mild overuse of retinols. I've been using this nightly for a while and I do think it has helped the texture of my skin and some of the very fine lines. It won't help deep wrinkles in the forehead but it is useful if you are starting to develop small lines. I haven't experienced peeling or irritation, but I do find that my skin is quite DRY after using this. I think this is a good product but aging skins would benefit more from a higher concentration of retinol in a more moisturizing base, like The Ordinary's squalene retinol line. This is priced extremely fairly at $9.80. For a full 30 ml bottle, spending under $10 on a good retinol is a deal! I'll give this 4/5 stars. It's a good product but I did feel like it made my skin dry and could have had a higher percentage of active ingredient which would have given me better results.
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BeautySnob
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
Heeey! 🍻So I’m writing this p
Heeey! 🍻So I’m writing this post in a semi drunk mode and it’s more fun that way. This is another the Ordinary product I’ve been using a lot for months now and I thought it’s time to review it for you. ~~The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion~~ So I’m 26 now, and somehow the pathway from 25-26 was the scariest for me. I just felt like I don’t have young skin anymore, it’s time to really think about my aging skin. I was panicking, buying EVERYTHING that had the word ”anti-aging” on it, thinking ”If it says anti-aging, it means it’s gonna make me age backwards”.. Anyways, after buying tons of stuff advertising ”anti-aging”, I actually found out (by susanyara) that retinol/retinoid or Vitamin A is actually scientifically proven that will help in anti-aging, NOT making you younger but increase the production of collagen and speeds the turnover of superficial skin cells. Anyway, I wanted to try something affordable first and I bought this one from the Ordinary and I freakin loooooove it! 👏🏼 After a few weeks I noticed that when my pimples reach out to me, I put this on my skin and they disappear! Now after months of using, I see that my skin is improving ALOT and I just see that difference staring back at me in the mirror. This stuff works guys. Maybe I’ll buy another Retinoid product after I’m finished with this one.
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lisalsrosen
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
$5.80 Retinol? 🧐
$5.80 Retinol? 🧐
I love an affordable product that has effective ingredients. And this product is it! The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane So I love my Differin Gel, but I find myself wanting something a little less aggressive during the winter months. Differin is stronger because it’s a retinoid, while this product is retinol. They both work the same way but retinoids work faster than retinols. What do retinol do ? reduces fine lines faded dark/age spots rapid cell turnover (exfoliation) reduces pore size acne treatment (varies per person but it generally works after consistent use) How do I use this product? So, before I dove into this product, I did a lot of research. I found my best answers on the deceim webpage. They answer all your questions! They recommend using -After water based serums -Before Moisturizer I was conflicted with this because I always feel like oily products should go last but Squalane dries down fast! (I also only use three drops for my entire face) So I then wait 15-20 minutes before I apply my night time moisturizer. Even though The Ordinary recommend 5-10 I do the whole 20 because I like to be safe. I then apply one of my night time moisturizer that hydrate with light ingredients. DO NOT USE WITH OTHER RETINOLS (I pair this with niacinamide) Also if you’re new to retinol, opt for: The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane 👆🏾This is from lightest type to the next level down from this product. 💰💰This serum is $5.80 at Ulta (Sephora or The ordinary(deceim)💰💰
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D.Bennett
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
Kardashian’s Youth Secret
Kardashian’s Youth Secret
Kim Kardashian says she swears by a $10 serum to keep her skin looking youthful, and I add it to my 20s anti-aging weapon list. I'll just put it out there: I'm 23. I used to feel like I have a few more years before I start to worry about signs of aging. I was not overwhelmingly concerned about crow's feet, sagging skin, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, or any other signs of aging. The truth is, I was wrong. 🌟Early 20s = Prevention 🌟 At this stage, the goal is to prevent the onset of ageing. This is the best time to form good skincare habits that are consistent and effective.  The Must-have thing for anti-aging, I would definetly say a RETINOL product. I‘ve mentioned a million times how much I love retinol. They are the one thing that’s actually been proven to treat the skin, to build collagen, but also to reverse photoaging. Pick a mild, over-the-counter retinol product that is not irritating or too exfoliating and start using it every other night, and you can mix a little moisturizer with the retinol to make it more tolerable. I've seen a beauty interview about Kim Kardashian, and she says she swears by a $10 serum to keep her skin looking youthful. Just as obsessed with The Ordinary as the rest of us. Kim Kardashian West also shared her favorite beauty products for slowing down the aging process. One of the products is the surprisingly affordable ——  The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion It's a retinoid active, part of the family of age-defiers that helps reduce wrinkles. While retinoids (a.k.a. a vitamin A derivative) often get a bad rep for being irritating, The Ordinary's formula is designed to make the serum gentile while still being effective. The $9.80 serum claims to brighten skin and even out texture. I've been using it for a year now and I love it. The price is so good, and the results are even better. My skin is super soft and got a new glow. The deep scars on my chin are almost gone. I even think it slightly smoothed my laugh lines. I am amazed! At first I used this about once a week, but now I'm using it every night. I start with a hydrating serum/lotion and then I add the retiniod. After that I apply facial oil and moisturizer to make sure that my skin doesn't get dry. I only use it in my evening skin care routine, and in the morning I apply sunscreen to protect my face. My skin is quite used to acids since I've been using . But this product gives much better results at a much better price point. Totally worth a try! Extra tip that you should be doing at any age: your neck should be part of your skincare routine! It is a thin layer of skin, that without appropriate care, can be a telltale of your maturing age. Always pat your moisturisers and serums onto your neck. Sharing is caring.
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YourGalSkye
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
My Acne Skincare Routine 👏🏻
My Acne Skincare Routine 👏🏻
1.fresh - Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator Sugar Face Polish is one of the best face polishes around. It does an excellent job for acne skin, and it smells so good. I've been so impressed by this product. I feel so pampered when I use it. I recently tried a few other polishes because I had some samples, but it's clear to me that this is the best one. It's also the most enjoyable to use because of the scent of strawberry and brown sugar. I use the Face Polish a few times a week especially when I have some breakouts. Sometimes I use it on a soft net puff and massage it over my face. It only takes a very small amount, because it slides around all over my skin. YOU DO NOT NEED TO COVER YOUR ENTIRE FACE WITH THIS. THAT WOULD BE VERY WASTEFUL AND EXPENSIVE. YOU ONLY NEED TO MOVE A VERY TINY BIT AROUND, AND THE POLISH DOES THE REST. I probably use about half a teaspoon worth of polish, and that's enough to do my entire face. On occasion, I massage the polish around my face with my fingers in a circular motion, but I usually don't have time to do it that way. The net puff or the Clarisonic is much faster although using my fingers gives excellent results. No matter which way I use it, it cleans and/or clears my pores of any environmental toxins or impurities, and leaves my skin feeling and looking fresh and dewy. Although my skin is normal, this is ideal for people with oily skin, as it gets rid of the excess oiliness, and it's perfect for people with dry skin, as it gets rid of dead skin (cells). This is such a pampering way to treat skin issues. To try to help end some confusion and misconceptions as indicated by comments made in some of the previous reviews, this is not straight sugar and strawberries. Brown sugar and strawberry ingredients are mixed with hydrating oils which work as emollients so that you can move the polish around. (All scrubs have some sort of product which acts as a lubricant of sorts so that the exfoliating part of the scrub/polish can slide around). This specific Sugar Face Polish scrub contains "Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Hazel Seed Oil, Plum Extract, Grape Seed Oil, and Mango Seed Oil" which allow the polish to slide around on your face and are all excellent for your skin. Those oils in the Sugar Facial Polish provide hydration for skin, no matter what your skin type. When you finish with the polish, the oil, which is good for all skin types, leaves the skin adequately hydrated and soft. The oils, sugar, and strawberries that you've been pushing around on your face are all discarded. Without these oils, the scrubs would be rough on the skin, which is why all scrubs have some sort of liquid as a base. A good scrub like this one should not leave skin oily, and should not create problems for oily skin (which is another misconception noted in a couple of the reviews). And once again, with Fresh Sugar Face Polish, you don't need a huge amount - a little bit goes a very long way. This is a phenomenal face polish. Fresh Sugar Face Polish is truly the best. The results are well worth it. You should see almost immediate results and your skin will look better and better as it over the long run. I love this face polish. 2.Kiehl's - Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution As a product that delivers a high level of vitamin C, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution is truly unique. Everyone who’s a skincare nerd knows that while vitamin C is one of the best skin-brightening ingredients in the market, it is also highly unstable because it oxidizes easily. As such, you may have noticed that most vitamin C serums are housed inside dark bottles to reduce sun exposure to keep them usable for a longer time. My first impression of the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution was good. I liked that the texture was lightweight enough to be absorbed quickly while allowing me to layer on other products without any problem. The serum also comes with a subtle lavender scent that I didn’t expect, but was happy to have. While most vitamin C serums may give a bit of a stinging or warm sensation on the skin, the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution felt very comfortable and gentle. And unlike a lot of skin brightening products out there that tend to dry out the skin, this serum doesn’t, which is an attribute that I really appreciated since I have rather dry skin. After using it for about two weeks, I noticed that the dark spots on my nose, which are the most obvious ones (for me) have started to look less obvious. The ones on my cheeks were not as obvious, to begin with, so it wasn’t easy to note any improvements within two weeks. However, seeing how it had already helped fade some spots on the nose, I’m quite confident that it can help to deliver even more positive results if I continue using it. I will certainly recommend this product to those who suffer from hyperpigmentation, and are looking to even out their complexion, or want to regain radiance in their complexion. 3.The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion First of all: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion doesn’t have a pleasant scent. But it’s so faint, I can easily put up with it. Actually, I’d easily put up with it even if it stank badly because this stuff does some amazing things to my skin. To be honest, I am a bit hesitant to try any retinoids at this time of the year. Now the temperatures are dropping fast, my skin tends to get drier and retinoids can dry it out even more. That’s what happened last winter. This time, there was absolutely no dryness or irritation. I can use this serum every other day and get smoother and glowing skin without the side effects. It’s so gentle, I suspect I could use it daily. Ok, maybe if your skin is super super super sensitive, there may still be a tiny chance that it’ll bother your skin, but it’s definitely the gentlest retinoid serum I’ve ever tried. Yet, it works as well as all the other harsher retinoid serums. My skin now looks plumper. Its texture is smoother and more even-toned. It has a subtle glow to it. These are the immediate results. After a few weeks (that’s how long it takes retinoids to work their magic on wrinkles), the serum also starts to target the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dark spots, and make them smaller. Basically, it does everything a good retinoid serum should do. Minus the irritation. And the high price tag. Who Is This For? Acnes-prone skin Retinol newbies Sensitive skin Who Is This NOT For? If you’re using 1% retinol or prescription retinoids, this is a step back. Pregnant or breastfeeding women 4.#LANCÔME - UV EXPERT youth shield[products]# It's the last step I use for my skincare when I have breakouts, no make-up further. This sunscreen is my favorite, new, discovery of this year so far. It is very pleasing to use, and I’m sure many of you will appreciate it. It’s from the higher price shelf, one of the priciest sunscreens I have used in a while, but it feels luxurious on the skin.  This product is quite impressive; it is supposed to hydrate, mattify, and protect from pollution by preventing particles from adhering to the skin. And I agree that it does the first two; I am not sure about the last one as I have no way of testing it. It prevents skin hyperpigmentation and sun-induced damage as it fights against UVB and long & short waves of UVA. It’s non-greasy &-sticky. Also, it was developed and tested on Asian skin, and it’s suitable for sensitive skin. That’s all the information available on the box. For me, it’s crucial that sunscreen doesn’t make me look greasy as soon as I apply it. This product keeps me matt for a few hours, and it protects from the sun very well. It is easy to blend, and it doesn’t leave a white cast per se. It acts more like a brightening primer – if that makes sense. I think it’s what the name Milky Bright stands for. The sunscreen will brighten your skin. You can treat it as a brightening primer if you wish. I would say that darker complexions may consider using a BB cream on top of this product. You can reapply the sunscreen, and it won’t show up, but you need to make sure that you blend it in well because you will get a white residue if you don’t spread it nicely. Just take your time and rub it in slowly, by applying a couple of small layers.
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Elyas
Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Kiehl's-Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
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