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Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane


This fast absorbing, oil-like serum contains a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid (Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate). It has been shown to offer results against multiple signs of aging without the common drawbacks often associated with retinol. The formula also contains squalane to further hydrate and nourish the skin, in addition to soothing bisabolol, and extracts that provide antioxidant protection.

Solution for:

  • Evening out textural irregularities
  • Reducing the appearance of the signs of aging

Formula is:

  • Cruelty-free & Vegan
  • Does not contain alcohol, gluten, nuts, silicone, parabens, sulfates

Thoughts from Fel, Ro & BW Team:

We love using this lightweight oil as it’s one of the most gentle forms of vitamin A, so it’s awesome for those of you who are looking to introduce this mighty ingredient into your skincare routine.

We found that granactive retinoid reduces the chance of irritation that’s common with other more potent forms of retinol, so all skin types can enjoy it - yeyyyy!

Size: 30 ml / 1 fl oz

* Max 3 per customer every 30 days

How to Use

Apply a small amount to face as part of your PM skincare routine, after using water-based serums and before heavier treatments and moisturizer. We also suggest avoiding use with other retinoid treatments.

The Ordinary recommends performing a patch test prior to incorporating a new product to your routine. Click here to see The Ordinary’s in-depth patch testing guide.


Do not use at the same time as other retinoids, direct acids, pure or ethylated vitamin C, or “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%


Squalane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone.

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