The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

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MEDIUM
Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
Key ingredients
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • bisabolol
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Antioxidant ingredients shield against daily UV damage, guard against external aggressors, and help to even out areas of discoloration and blemishes."
WIMJ summary

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Fight back against visible signs of aging with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Serum 5% in Squalane ."
WIMJ summary

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

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
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meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Used daily, this serum will give your skin the appearance and feel of firmness and an all-over even tone, while also protecting against new damage that threatens to ruin your complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroxypinacolone retinoate.

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
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"It rebalances your natural moisture barrier, which helps to protect against environmental aggressors that can dry out your skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: caprylic/capric triglyceride, simmondsia chinensis seed oil.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

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Ingredients by volume

An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties

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