Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane


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This is one of The Ordinary's flagship retinoid-based products. The main ingredient in this serum is granactive retinoid, a less irritating form of retinol that is just as effective at improving anti-aging and diminishing skin spots.

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This anhydrous solution contains 2% of granactive retinol which, according to Grant Industrie, is as effective an alternative as retinol. It's a new generation of retinoid that confers interesting effects on wrinkles without the irritation of retinol. This water-free serum contains 2% of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid™, known to deliver better results than retinol without causing irritation or other known drawbacks of this product.
Granactive Retinoid is composed of hydroxypinacolone retinoate, an advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a retinoic acid ester with known anti-aging effects. Its properties have also shown better results than retinyl palmitate and other over-the-counter retinoids.
This product has been developed without water, alcohol or silicone. It is certified vegan, gluten-free and contains a small amount of jojoba oil extract, one of the plant oils with the greatest affinity for facial skin.

How do I use Granactive Retinoid 2% Squalane?

When using this product as part of your daily routine, you can apply a small amount after using an initial water-based serum and before other richer products. Do not use other retinoid-based products, and avoid exposure to the sun after application.
This product has been formulated to limit irritation, but should you experience any, discontinue use and consult a doctor or dermatologist. Always use the serum on uncut skin, and test on a small area of the face before use. Keep the product refrigerated between uses.

Which products should Granactive retinoid 2 % in squalane not be mixed with?

Granactive retinoids 2 % should not be used in combination with other retinoids, copper peptides, exfoliating acids or vitamin C, especially during the tolerance phase. After this adaptation period, you can incorporate a vitamin C treatment into your beauty routine in the morning. The close application of L-ascorbic acid and retinol is not a good skincare strategy, as their respective pH levels diminish the efficacy of these two active ingredients.


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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This serum is interesting for people who want a gentler alternative to retinol. The first ingredient in this serum is squalane, which gives this cosmetic product a light, oily texture. Granactive retinoid, found in the list of ingredients under the name Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a retinol ester with the unique ability to bind directly to the retinol receptor without the need for 3-fold transformation. The interest of this product from The Ordinary lies in its anti-aging action, but the downside is that the number of scientific studies is insufficient to attest with certainty to its efficacy. On the other hand, this serum contains Bisabolol, a soothing ingredient, jojoba oil and tomato extract. And of course, the price is unbeatable.

What are the alternatives to Granactive retinoid serum 2 % in squalane?

Combination skin with acneic tendencies will prefer the non-greasy, emulsion version of Granactive retinoid 2 %. With its light texture, it penetrates quickly and leaves a clean finish.

The Ordinary has developed several other retinoid galenicals with different concentrations:

  • retinol 0.2 % in squalane, suitable for beginners;
  • retinol 0.5 % in squalane, to transition to a higher retinol dosage;
  • retinol 1 % to squalane, after a period of successful adaptation to retinoids;
  • the retinoid Granactif 5 % squalane.

Where to buy Granactive retinoid 2 % in squalane

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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