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Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

4.4( 553 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
33 ingredients
Effects
Sugar
Hydrating, Soothing
Ceteareth-20
Comedogenic
Benzoic Acid
Comedogenic
Cetearyl Alcohol
Comedogenic
Ethyl Linoleate
Fungal Acne
Carrageenan
Comedogenic
Glycerin
Hydrating
Sucrose Laurate
Fungal Acne
Glyceryl Stearate
Hydrating, Fungal Acne
Retinyl Palmitate
Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging, Fungal Acne, Anti-Aging
Saccharomyces Polypeptides
Hydrating
Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate
Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory
Granactive Retinoid
Anti-Aging
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Reviews

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
“Medical-Grade” Skincare Is A Marketing Scheme
“Medical-Grade” Skincare Is A Marketing Scheme
Just because it’s being sold in a dermatologist’s office or at a medical spa, doesn’t make it better. Doesn’t make it good. It means that that brand and that office have a commercial agreement. “Medical-grade” skincare is a hoax and a marketing scheme. There are two categories of skincare: over-the-counter and prescription. Period. Obagi Clinical, unless containing a prescription-only active (such as my Apostrophe tretinoin lotion), doesn’t have more effective actives than the Ordinary or any other brand. If they’re the same actives, in similar formulas, at the same concentration, at the same pH, the brand and “medical-grade” status is irrelevant. Some medications that were previously prescription-only, such as adapalene (Differin), could theoretically be marketed as medical-grade with more legitimacy to their claims, but it’s still such a vague category that it almost delegitimatizes a product in my eyes. There are some ingredients, such as Azelaic Acid, which are prescribed by dermatologists but are available at lower concentrations (azelaic acid specifically goes up to 10% for OTC) commercially. These are still not “medical-grade” actives. As stated previously, “medical-grade” is purely marketing. Prescription is not inherently better than OTC, but will often be more potent and therefore give faster and/or more noticeable results. But “medical-grade” doesn’t. It’s the same actives, at the same concentrations, that you can get from Paula’s Choice or The Inkey List, but with a higher price tag because crappy estheticians, dismissive dermatologists, and shady “medical-grade” companies are happy to make a buck off of unaware consumers. Save your “medical-grade” money for prescription-strength creams and filler down the road.
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Skinsitive
Acne Treatment Gel
DIFFERIN-Acne Treatment Gel
BE ATTENTION 🔥DO NOT MIX BOTH INGREDIENTS 🔥
BE ATTENTION 🔥DO NOT MIX BOTH INGREDIENTS 🔥
I'm combination dry skin. Since high school, I've had acne all over my face, resulting in acne marks and lots of pimples. In addition, I didn't know how to maintain my skin at that time, so my skin looks very lifeless. In addition to moisturizing and fade my acne marks, how to brighten the skin tone has become my focus point. I have studied the cosmetic ingredient list carefully and found that two ingredients have very similar efficacy on brighten the skin tone. One is glycolic acid, the other is retinoic acid. But if you mix them up, it can get worse. First of all, glycolic acid can make the lipid on the surface of the skin become soft, which is conducive to removing old horniness, accelerating cell regeneration and reducing skin wrinkles and scars. But what attracted me most is that it can shine skin feel. Because glycolic acid belongs to the smaller molecule in the acid family, it is easier to penetrate into the skin. As for retinoic acid, its first effect is to improve the dry skin and make the lackluster skin look more transparent and healthy. It can also help us clear the dirt accumulated in the pores, shrink the pores, and have antibacterial effect. These two ingredients are proven to be effective. However, once mixed together, it will result in a result of 1 + 1 less than or equal to 0. Because glycolic acid can make retinoic acid inactive. About this question, I have consulted dermatologist. One advice she gave me is using them separately, one in A.M and the other in P.M. For example, Dior Capture Total and Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. Dior contains glycolic acid and Ordinary has retinoic acid. You can use different products morning or evening, but if you put them together, not only will it not work, but worse, you may get red skin and allergies. DIOR - Capture Totale C.E.L.L. ENERGY High-Performance Treatment Serum-Lotion The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
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Maggieeemq
Capture Totale C.E.L.L. ENERGY High-Performance Treatment Serum-Lotion
DIOR-Capture Totale C.E.L.L. ENERGY High-Performance Treatment Serum-Lotion
👎🏻👎🏻I Am Very Disappointed At The Ordinary..
👎🏻👎🏻I Am Very Disappointed At The Ordinary..
I have combo skin. My skin is not sensitve. I've just finished using The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG andThe Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, so let me share my thoughts on them. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% is a semi-transparent and sticky serum which visibly reduced my puffy eyes. You will immediately feel your skin tightening but this can be relieved with an eye cream. Use it long term and you should see a reduction in puffy eyes. The 30 ml serum can last two months if it's used twice a day. It's cheap and worth it but it doesn't really improve dark circles. It's said that The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion accelerates skin metabolism, whitens skin tone, balances sebum secretion, and helps combat aging. However, I didn't feel any of the effects stated after using it every night and I got through the bottle in around 6 weeks. It's a light yellow lotion with a slight medicinal scent which I usually use after my toner and before my serum. It's easily absorbed when I gently pat it onto my skin. This was my first time using skin care acid but I felt no discomfort, even though I hadn't built up any skin tolerance. It doesn't do much and I won't repurchase it. The problem with The Ordinary is that the unsatisfactory mix of its high concentration ingredients results in a poor user experience. I really don't like how it feels on my skin. Using its products without studying the ingredients beforehand might cause skin damage. So be cautious before you use these kind of prodicts. How is your experience with The Ordinary? Do you think it worth the hype?🌞🌞🌞
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evielove
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Part 3 💖💖I've tried 5⃣ hyped RETINOL products and here is my personal ranking...
Part 3 💖💖I've tried 5⃣ hyped RETINOL products and here is my personal ranking...
This is my last post for the retinol products competition and I gonna review the last 2 babes -The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion and ALGENIST - ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum You can find my reviews of the other 3 retinol products and my skin type in my previous post. My personal ranking for the 5: 1⃣PETER THOMAS ROTH 2⃣Paula's Choice 3⃣CeraVe 4⃣The Ordinary 5⃣Algenist The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion-$9.80 for 30ml This retinol from The Ordinary has a light yellow creamy texture and a runny consistency. It's not as effective as the retinols from Peter Thomas Roth or Paula's Choice, despite its higher retinol concentration.  The biggest advantage is that it has an Incredibly low price. The problem with TO products is that the unsatisfactory mix of their high concentration ingredients results in just an average user experience and effect.😐😐 ALGENIST - ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum-$98.00 for 30ml The Algenist retinol serum has a light yellow creamy texture and a slightly runny consistency. I'm not entirely sure about its retinol concentration. And it has glitter/sparkle in the serum, which is not something I was expecting. It is a good entry-level product as it is mild and I was actually amazed by its effect at first. My skin looks smooth and even after I got it. It also contains alguronic acid, a great anti-aging ingredient.  However, I wouldn't recommend it as its sooooooo expensive. For this price-tag, it's too much for just a retinol serum. 💔💔 If you have any suggestions or questions please hmu 🥰
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Stella94
ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum
ALGENIST-ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum
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