PSA: Everyone's Favourite $10 Retinol Now Comes in 5 New Strengths
Unless you've been MIA from social media for the past twelve months, chances are you've heard of The Ordinary. Sitting under Toronto-based skincare company Deciem, The Ordinary changed the beauty game when it launched a bunch of high-tech serums that give their expensive counterparts a run for their money. With ingredients such as niacinimide, zinc, and hyaluronic acid, the brand quickly went viral and has been selling out on ASOS and Adore Beauty (to name a few) ever since.
One of the hero products in the initial launch was the retinol serum. The anti-ager was loved by all for its ability to refine and re-texture the skin. But within the last month, five new additions have been added to the lineup, meaning now every skin type, whether you're new or retinol products or a regular user, can find their ideal concentration. Excited? So are we.
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Moderate Strength, No Irritation
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane ($18)
Granactive retinoid is a new addition to the family, and is simply a form of retinoic acid (the part of retinol that actually changes the skin) that delivers the same results as a normal retinol without the irritation. Use if you're new to retinol and prone to sensitivity.
High Strength, low to no Irritation
Low Strength, Moderate Irritation
The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane ($9)
A good entry point for those that are new to retinol products, but have a high tolerance to active ingredients. The 0.2 percent formula is suspended in squalane—a natural antioxidant that hydrates without being heavy. Use every second night, but if peeling occurs, consider trying the granactive retinoid above.
Moderate Strength, Higher Irritation
High Strength, Very High Irritation