The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

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Where to lớn purchase: Available at Beauty cất cánh HERE / Sephora HERE / Ulta HERE / Skin Store HERE

Price: £8

Made in: Canada

Volume: 30ml

What is it?: An Anti-ageing Emulsion of 2% Retinoid Complex (I.e. Contains Granactive Retinoid và Retinol). This emulsion is meant to lớn provide anti-ageing benefits without the irritation that Tretinoin / High % Retinol produces.

Brand Description: The 2% Concentration of Granactive Retinoid™ (Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) + Pure Retinol in a capsule system which delivers both ingredients into the skin. HPR is supposedly (although needs lớn be proven in human trials – more on that down below) better at providing anti-ageing results than retinol + retinyl palmitate. But I like how Retinol is still included in here (I’m guessing just to be able to lớn state that this emulsion is anti-ageing).

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (Including Sensitive Skins)

What I think: I would agree! This didn’t irritate my skin so I bởi think Sensitive Skins could use this (my skin is quite reactive và easily stings when it comes lớn using retinol). I vày think Dry Skins would prefer this over oily skins due khổng lồ the Emulsion (Almost Oily) texture of this product. I have bộ combo skin and preferred lớn use this as a moisturiser or right under a watery gel to địa chỉ lightweight emollients khổng lồ the skin, but it was hard khổng lồ reach for this in hot weather due lớn the greasier nature of this product.


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Directions: ”Apply a small amount khổng lồ face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water-based serums but before heavier treatments. Bởi not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children. Refrigerate after opening.” (From the Deciem Website).

How I use it: I used this in the PM. Due to my Oily-Combo Skin, I used this as a Moisturiser when the weather was hot (Still not the most comfortable to lớn use during the hot/humid months due khổng lồ the emollient texture of this), and as a step before my Moisturiser during colder evenings. Of course I always used an SPF in the morning.


Granactive Retinoid is ”HPR” (Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate) – It is part of the Retinoid Family. Retinoic Acid i.e. Tretinoin is the Gold-standard/Gold Star Ingredient. This is a Derivative – it’s a gentler ingredient but also less effective/strong + requires a higher % to lớn get good results. The good news is, even at higher %, this doesn’t seem khổng lồ irritate the skin nearly as badly. This contains 2% Granactive Retinoid = 0.2% HPR binds with Retinoid Receptors in the skin cells and does not need khổng lồ be converted in the cells in order to be used (unlike retinol). Unlike Retinoic Acid (Tretinoin), this doesn’t have irritation. The manufacturer tested their product, stating that after 14 days of applying HPR around the eyes twice a day, fine lines & wrinkles were visibly reduced. However Manufacturers always want to lớn publish good results in terms of their product, so more independent tests are needed to lớn prove HPRs efficacy. Estee Lauder did a study (testing the collagen-boosting potential of retinoids in skin cells) and found that HPR seemed to lớn be as effective as Retinol và Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Derivatives) and showed the same ren transcriptions in cells, however, Granactive Retinoid did not match Tretinoin UNLESS a much higher dose of HPR was used, but thankfully the skin could tolerate the higher % without irritation. However this was done in-vitro (not on actual human volunteers). So, more of these tests need to be done on real human volunteers. Therefore HPR isn’t as proven as an anti-ageing superstar the same way retinol is. Therefore I think this is a good supplement lớn an anti-ageing routine but should not replace Retinol/Tretinoin if you are already using it (But I vày recommend as a start khổng lồ get into retinoids, especially if you have reactive skin lượt thích me!) The better upgrades are Tretinoin, Retinol & possibly Retinyl Propionate (so far).

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Key Ingredients: Granactive Retinoid (HPR), Retinol (Pure vi-ta-min A which gets converted to lớn retinoic acid in the skin và makes the skin look firmer, tighter and less wrinkles. May also encourage the pores to lớn make less sebum). Rosemary Leaf Extract + Tasmanian Pepper Extract (Antioxidant + Soothing + Antimicrobial). Bisabolol (Soothing).

This also has a lot of emollient ingredients (gives that creamy/milky look & texture): Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Ethyl Linoleate, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate.

Full 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.

NOTE: Skincarisma have a full ingredient breakdown HERE and the Incidecoder HERE

Texture: Lightweight and moisturising! This emulsion is milky, not sticky or tacky & layers fine without balling up! I vì chưng think oilier skins may find this a bit too greasy however (especially during the warmer/more humid months!). That’s why I lượt thích to use this as a moisturiser or just under a lightweight, watery moisturiser to provide some emollients lớn the skin.