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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion Reviews

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    May 10, 2019
    Ontario, Canada

    Absolutely the best!

    I was super disappointed that this product was discontinued in Canada.

    This got me started on my The Ordinary addiction. I noticed a huge difference in my skin tone and fine lines when I added this to my routine. The formula is easy to work with and the bottle lasts forever. My favourite aspect is the price point!

    I thankfully had a couple spares stored so I won't run out any time soon lol

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    March 19, 2019
    Alberta, Canada

    feels nice, mild

    very mild. the retinoid here is a combination so it is not pure retinol by any means and therefore very mild. For me after using up a whole bottle I didn't see any drastic change but I think that is perfectly fine as no change is the best thing you can hope for your skin. Emulsion version has a bit smell, smell like raw product but dissipate quickly and not annoying at all.

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    February 25, 2019
    Ontario, Canada

    No flaking

    I'm on my third bottle of this and it has officially made it to holy grail status in my skincare routine. I apply it every other evening alternating with an acid toner. It's gentle enough that it doesn't cause flaking like some retinol products. I would recommend this as a first product for someone who is just starting to use retinols. I've found it has aided in the fading of pigmentation from acne scarring.

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    February 22, 2019
    Ontario, Canada

    SKIN SAVER

    I've spent quite an unhealthy amount of money on skin products and this is one product that is totally worth every penny (even though it is very affordable). It has changed my skin for the better. I used to suffer from a significant amount of small sized acne all over my forehead. By using this product every night my acne has greatly diminished. My skin also appears very smooth in the morning. I highly recommend this product!

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    February 07, 2019

    Affordable but not super effective for everyone

    My review for this Ordinary product is pretty much what I'll say for this whole brand across the board. The products are really cheap and isolate specific issues, so it's really nice that you can buy individual serums for whatever your concerns are. I do like this retinol serum because it's creamy and feels nice on the skin, and isn't drying as opposed to the oil based version. Other than that, I don't think it's done much. I used it daily for about a year and noticed no changes in any of my fine lines. I've also used the Ordinary's other products and found them to be just ok. Not really that effective but not irritating either. I think this brand is great for trying out serums without paying $70 per bottle to see if it's something you might put into your regular routine. If it works for you, amazing, but the concentration is not very potent.

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    April 30, 2018

    Amazing

    Affordable and great! Stop buying high end expensive brands. Check out the ordinary website. I suffer with adult acne and these products have been a life saver!

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    February 23, 2018

    Truely One Of The Best I Have Ever Tried

    I have read so many complementary reviews for this skincare line @TheOrdinary. So when I was browsing online for skincare products I found this brand @Amazon.ca. I could not believe how reasonable their products are so I bought two and this was one of them. @TheOrdinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. This is a product that is used at night as part of your nightly skincare regimen. After I cleansed my face, applied my toner and then I just applied a small amount of this Retinoid Serum avoiding my eye area. It is light, unscented and quickly absorbs into the skin. I wait a few minutes and then I apply my night cream.

    I have been using it about 3 to 4 times a week. I honestly have seen positive results in my skin after a couple of weeks. My texture and tone looked more improved. Also I found that my skin looked brighter. Was so happy with this The Ordinary 2% Retinol really great quality skincare and so reasonably priced. I will definitely buy this again, recommend and I am very excited to try more of their skincare line.

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    October 11, 2017

    This will be part of my skin care routine 4EV

    I'm a new but huge fan of The Ordinary products. Since I've used retinols for a few years I skipped the 1% serum and started using this about a month ago. it's the first product I put on after cleansing and toning and alter nights with the Lactic Acid 10% with no negative reactions. It glides on smoothly, absorbs nicely but I wouldn't use this as a last product because it has a bit of a sticky feel. It's easy to layer on another serum or moisturizer. I've noticed my skin feels a lot smoother and is brighter. Using a good vitamin C & E during the day helps retinols work better. Wish this had been around years ago before I spent all my money on those expensive creams, lotions and potions.

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    August 09, 2017

    An excellent Retinoid product

    This is the first Retinol product I've used and I'm really impressed with it. I started out using it slowly but now use it every other night; it didn't take long for my skin to get used to it. I haven't had any redness or sensitivity so far but I did notice a little flaking after the first month, which is normal. It also didn't make me break out like it does for some users. I'm so glad I tried this, I think it's really a great product.

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    May 28, 2017

    This product is a great bang for your buck... No sensitivity here as with other retinol. Customer service at DECIEM is bang on. Definitely switching to this brand for my staple retinol treatment.

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