Unlike a lot of high street retinol products, The Ordinary offers retinol in a squalene solution, so it’s kinder to your skin. Retinol 0.5% in Squalane combines 0.5% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearance of fine lines, photo damage, and general skin aging, with botanical Squalene to deliver a more tolerable form of Retinoid that still offers better visible anti-aging results than non-prescription retinol products. Squalane is non-comedogenic and functions as an exceptional hydrator that mimics the skin’s natural oil.
This high strength, water-free formula is designed to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the presence of age spots and help clear congested skin. The natural emollient Squalane is added to ensure the application is smooth, as well as to limit irritation associated with a retinol at this strength.
All types of retinoids can exfoliate the skin, but their penetration rate varies.