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The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

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Latest stock arrived: 22/05/2021

Highly-Stable, Water-Free Solution of 0.5% Pure Retinol

Reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging with this medium-strength retinol serum.

Size: 30ml

  • water-free
  • alcohol-free
  • silicone-free
  • nut-free
  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • soy-free
  • cruelty-free

What It Is

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane a lightweight serum with a moderate concentration of retinol in a squalane base.

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
  • Squalane: a plant-derived emollient ingredient that offers lightweight hydration


This water-free solution contains 0.5% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using Granactive Retinoid 2% or Granactive Retinoid 5% instead of this formula.

The Ordinary’s portfolio of retinoids includes the following formulations:

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)
Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)
Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)

Caution: Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths of Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way. 

Note: Water can affect the stability of retinol. Additionally, plant oils in retinol formulations can trigger lipid peroxidation and can impair retinol integrity. This formula does not contain water, silicones, plant oils or alcohol. 

EU Shipping Note: We are able to ship this product within the European Union. However, please note that the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has published an opinion on April 20, 2016 suggesting that Retinol content of cosmetics should be limited to 0.3% as summarized on page 67 of the publication listed below. While this opinion has not yet affected regulatory restrictions, it may in the near future and such restriction would apply to all products sold within the EU containing Retinol. We recommend considering Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% from The Ordinary if you are concerned about use of Retinol products.

Read the European Safety Report here.

Caution: Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. Sun protection is particularly important when using retinoids. This product must not be used in conjunction with other retinoids including retinol or retinoic acid. This product is not a treatment for acne. Acne-prone skin may experience a temporary increase in acne during the first few weeks of using any form of retinoid including those used in this formulation. 

Note: When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.


Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. Store in a cool, dry place


Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT.

Our formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

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Say hello to our extended range (🙈) of retinoid formulations, which now includes the high-strength, low-irritation, water-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free, super-lightweight Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, delivering 0.5% Direct Ester of All-Trans Retinoic Acid. Explore the full range at under Retinoids. ❤️🐒

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10 (3 reviews) 

By AA on 25 December 2017
This has changed my skin. To me, this is better than retin-A, skin colour uniform, soft and supple. No irritation, no redness no flakiness. I use this in conjuction with hylamide subq serum 4-5days a week in the evening.
This is superior to the granactive retinol 5%, which I am now using on my body to finish up.

DECIEM Response:
So incredible! 😍 We're very happy to hear that you are enjoying our retinoids/retinols, Adeola! Thank you for sharing your experience with us

By CBC on 26 November 2017
Hello. So far im so happy with this! I have one question, can i use a night creme with water Together with this? If Yes - Before or after? Thanks for all your great products! :-)

DECIEM Response:
Hi Cecilie! We're so glad to hear that you are enjoying so far ❤ We would suggest using Retinol 0.5% in Squalane first followed by your night cream 🐒❤ We hope this helps!

By IN on 04 November 2017
I love it!Its a great product and safe,my skin is smooth,firm,plumper.Nothing redness,peeling just nice skin!Thanks Ordinary- kisss Stefano

DECIEM Response:
Hi Stefano! Thank you for sharing the kind words! We love that you are loving Retinol 0.5% in Squalane <3

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