The Ordinary - 1% Retinol Oil

The Ordinary 1% Retinol Oil

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • retinol
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • tocopherol
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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Formula review

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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"The stabilised formula contains pure Retinol, which has been extensively studied to deliver a visible reduction in the look of fine lines and photo damage such as discolouration."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
isoamyl laurate
does not have skin benefit
retinol
Has skin benefit
isoamyl cocoate
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
23% - 34%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
7.4% - 11.1%
Helps stabilize emulsions and create a nice product texture
4.9% - 7.4%
3.9% - 5.8%
Helps water and oil mix together
2.6% - 3.9%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
1.8% - 2.8%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.3% - 2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.95% - 1.45%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent
0.4% - 0.9%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.1% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%

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