Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

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The star ingredient in this serum is granactive retinol, an alternative to retinol which would be just as effective as the latter without the irritation. The Ordinary has decided to combine granactive retinol 2% with encapsulated retinol in this serum for optimum effectiveness. A non-greasy version of granactive retinoid 2% with squalane, ideal for people with normal, combination or oily skin.

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The active technologies used by granactive retinoid 2 % emulsion are proving to be more effective than retinol without the irritation. In terms of concentration, these technologies are not comparable to retinol. Indeed, the forms of retinoids they contain are completely different from standard retinol. Compared with other forms of retinoids (retinol, retinyl palmitate), it acts on the signs of aging in irritated skin. Nevertheless, avoid exposing yourself to the sun without protecting yourself with sun creams with a good spf. Apply sunscreen every morning before leaving the house. If you ever notice any irritation. If this happens, stop using granactive retinoid 2 % emulsion and consult your doctor. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

How do I use Granactive Retinoid 2 % in Emulsion?

Your skin must be cleansed and perfectly dried to ensure absorption of the Granative Retinoid (lipophilic). At the serum stage of your skincare routine, apply a few drops of this oil-free emulsion. Continue your beauty routine with a moisturizing cream. Don't forget to finish off with UV A and B sun protection, as retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Granactive Retinoid is recognized as a low-irritant active ingredient. However, sensitive skin may develop cutaneous reactivity to this molecule. Here are a few precautions for use:

  • do not use other retinoids in your daily beauty routine;
  • do not apply this serum if your skin is cut;
  • Before using it for the first time, test it on a small area of your face or on the front of your arm. If no irritation appears after 24 hours, you can start incorporating it into your skin care routine;
  • stop using this product in the event of prolonged irritation and consult a specialist;
  • The Ordinary recommends refrigerating your care product after opening.

What products should Granactive Retinoid 2 % in Emulsion not be mixed with?

During your skin adaptation phase, do not combine Granactive Retinoid 2 % emulsion with other powerful active ingredients such as retinoids, glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, or pure or ethylated vitamin C or benzoyl peroxide.

Once your skin is comfortable with this molecule, you can incorporate a morning vitamin C treatment into your beauty routine. However, do not use L-ascorbic acid and retinol at the same time, as their respective pH levels reduce the effectiveness of these two active ingredients.


Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Isoceteth-20, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

1 review for Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

  1. Linda -

    My sensitive skin doesn't tolerate retinol very well, so this product enabled me to incorporate a retinoid into my routine for several months without any problems, and then gradually switch to retinol without over-sensitizing my skin. Excellent product, good price

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This serum contains two forms of retinoids:
A concentration of 2 % of granactive retinoid: this is a solubilized Hydroxypinacolone retinoate. This HPR is an advanced form of retinoid which is in fact a retinoic acid ester with the particularity of acting directly on the retinol receptor without needing to be converted into tretinoin.
Pure retinol in protective capsule form. With a prolonged release, the results are still palpable, but this form acts gently. To sum up, this is a good alternative to retinol serum, with a light, non-greasy texture. The downside is that scientific evidence of its efficacy is not as plentiful as for classic retinol.

What are the Granactive Retinoid 2 % in Emulsion alternatives?

If you'd like to stick with this brand, The Ordinary offers several other vitamin A and Granactive retinoid-based galenicals. For those looking for a low-irritation retinoid with a more nourishing, moisturizing and emollient base, turn to Granactive Retinoid 2 % Squalane and Retinoid. granactive ordinary 5 % in Squalane.

If your skin can take it, the Ordinary has created retinol skincare products with different concentrations, allowing you to gradually accustom your skin to the effects of vitamin A, such as :

  • 0.2 % retinol in squalane;
  • 0.5 % retinol in squalane;
  • retinol at 1.0 % in squalane.

How to buy Granative Retinoid 2 % in Emulsion the ordinary?

This cosmetic product can be purchased directly from The Ordinary website, which guarantees that it has not been stored for too long by a retailer.

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