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Retinol 1%


What It Is

Retinol 1% is a lightweight serum with retinol.

What It Does

This treatment visibly reduces the signs of aging. It diminishes the look of wrinkles and fine lines, brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and smooths and refines the skin’s texture.

Key Ingredients
  • Retinol: a well-researched retinoid with powerful anti-aging benefits
How to Use

Apply a pea-sized amount to your face at night after water-based products but before oils, moisturizers, and creams. Do not use this serum with other products containing retinoids, such as retinoic acid.

Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation. We recommend wearing sunscreen during the day.

If irritation occurs, this product can be diluted to reduce its strength.

Other Details
  • Size: 30 ml
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this product stronger than The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%?

While both products are effective retinoid treatments, the formulas contain different retinoid molecules that are not comparable in terms of potency. Retinol 1% contains pure retinol, an ingredient that has been shown to reduce the signs of aging.

Which The Ordinary retinoid product is best for me?

Both Retinol 1% and Advanced Retinoid 2% are powerful retinoid treatments that should not be used by those with sensitive skin. Advanced Retinoid 2% may cause less irritation, while Retinol 1% is best for those specifically seeking a pure retinol treatment.

I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Is Retinol 1% safe for me?

Products with retinoids are not recommended for use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

How often can I use Retinol 1%?

Apply it once per day at night. If your skin is sensitive or you are new to retinoids, you can start by applying it 1-2 times per week to avoid irritation.

Can I mix or layer Retinol 1% with other products?

Yes, except for products containing other retinoids (like retinol and retinoic acid). Also, we recommend proceeding with caution if you choose to use it with products containing vitamin C or alpha hydroxy acids, as this may cause irritation. You may want to alternate these products every other day.

How do I add Retinol 1% to my skin care routine?

Apply a pea-sized amount to your face at night after water-based products but before oils, moisturizers, and creams.

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