The Ordinary: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion


Summer is ending here in Sweden and Autumn is coming slowly and slowly, I enjoy this time of the year because the air is a bit colder which makes it easier do stuff without having to sweat all the time.

So I’m back here today to write a little review on the Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion.

Here are the 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.

What’s retinol/retinoid?

Retinol/retinoid is Vitamin A and is scientifically proven to be the best ingredient for anti-aging; that’s pretty impressive huh?

So let’s go through the history of Retinol/Retinoids.

In 1970s, the first retinoid which was called Tretinoin was used as an acne treatment. It was later discovered to also even pigmentation and speeds the turnover of superficial skincells.

What it does is that it increases the production of collagen which reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates the production of new blood vessels in the skin which will improve skin colour.

Note that the ingredient can be quite irritating for some skintypes and the higher dosage of retinols must be prescripted. It is also very sensitive in the sun, so a sunscreen is a must if you are using retinols (it’s a must even though you don’t use retinols).

It also takes a few weeks – months to really see the retinol working onto your skin. So be patient while using it and if you are a beginner, try to use a lower percentage and then go higher when your skin is used to it.

The difference between retinol and retinoid is that retinol is a specific type of retinoid. Retinols are a bit weaker than retinoids and are easier found in stores.

The Ordinary: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion.

I’ve been using this retinoid for about 3-4 months now and wow I see such a good improvement. My skin is much clearer now, brighter, seems more alive and feels like it has more elasticity (if that makes sense). What I mean is that I do see a big different when I started using this and when I don’t.

I think the biggest improvement must be hormonal acne. It was a bitch before.. I suffered from it every time it’s that time of the month but now.. I rarely get any and if I do.. somehow they disappear really fast.

I use this retinoid in combination with Niacinamide and it works like a charm. Although please remember to NEVER use this together with AHAs/BHAs, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C and Glycolic acid. It’s going to be too much for your skin and might be irritating or even damage your skin.

I also recommend storing your acids and vitamin Cs where the sun won’t hit it and it would also be even better to store it inside your fridge where it is cool and won’t spoil the ingredients.

The texture

The consistency of this product is milky, very watery and light. It does not have a scent really, but it still does. Some kind of no-scent scent haha. I don’t hate it. It dries down on your skin pretty fast and doesn’t feel tacky at all.

The next morning, you will see that your face is a tad brighter and also very glowy. I’ve heard that retinols/retinoids are supposed to dry out your skin but I haven’t experienced that at all. It’s so lovely on my skin and made me more glowy.

I actually really like this product but I’m opened to explore other Retinols after this one. So I’ll be back after a few months with a new retinol since this one is almost empty.

I’ll give this one a 4,5/5⭐️. I don’t really know why I won’t give it full stars. I guess it’s because I’m still not WOWed, but I still love it.

Thanks for reading Lisa’s Opinions! 🌹

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