Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Love this product DEFINATLY my new FAVORITE retinol product!
After YEARS of using retinol & vitamin C daily on my skin my skin is flawless. I swear by retinol & vitamin C as 2 of the most primary skin care products needed to retain youthful, clear, smooth, healthy, skin. I have always paid a lot of money for the pricey skin care lines. I have 2 specific ones that I have used for years & although they work good no one wants to spend $100.00 on a skin care product but as women we will & do to stay beautiful :). So when I came across The ordinary line I was eager to try it. However it was impossible to get any Retinol because it was always sold out. I am assuming the only reason it is available now is because people realize it expires quickly thus they only buy what is needed. That is my only complaint about this product because is it AMAZING!!!. Coming from someone that has tried every pricey retinol product there is that speaks volumes!!! I LOVE this product & I hope that the company that sells it can find a way to extend the life of the product so it does not expire as quickly because I would like to buy more than 1 at a time. I like to always have 2 (back up) of my favorite of anything so I am not without when I get low on a product because I have a back up until I can get another. However I can't do that with this product because it expires so quickly. As far as the few negative reviews that I have read about the consistency of this product, yes it is oily/greasy but any good retinol product is going to have somewhat of a greasy/oily consistency. Further it does NOT cause break out's or blemishes because I have super acne prone skin & I have used it 4 times now over the past 2 weeks & not 1 break out, in fact my skin is absolutely flawless clear. My blackheads are even gone, my pores are smaller & my skin just feels & looks incredible. I can NOT brag enough on this product . BRAVO to the makers of The Ordinary!
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for Seborrheic dermatiti sufferers
So prior to this I was using a different retinol. But it was costly and seeing as I use the glycolic serum in this brand I decided to try this retinol. For a month things were great. Skin was glowing, no breakouts except for a tiny barely there pimple here and there when ever I try a new product. It's how I know it's working for me. My TBT pimples are from my skin purging the deep down dirt, clogged pores and what ever I want out of my skin. So winning. But then my eye lid began itching, and the itching became inflammation, and boom raised scales. My Seborrheic dermatitis was triggered. Took me a little while to put it together that this was causing it. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or have sensitive skin this may trigger you. Once I removed out of my rotation my skin subsided to normal (I only get my inflammation on my eye lid). So I can use retinol just not this one.
Reviewed by 299 customers Love this product!
~Rose~ from Az
I've only been using this product for a week or 2 now and I've already seen great results.
Mariah from El Paso
I like this product but I it balls up every time I apply it. You have to pat it very gently into the skin because any slight rubbing with cause it to flake all over your skin. I have seen improvements since starting this product, and I am now on my second bottle.. i through out the first because it smelled funky, and I noticed this one is starting to smell the same way. Apparently you're supposed to refrigerate this stuff, so make sure you read the bottle. :,)
KK from Meriden ct
This thing is seriously amazing I've been dealing with acne for so long and this helped so much to clear it up and remove my acne.I live by this product.
I think it works
Angie from Bellingham WA
Been using for months. Haven't noticed a huge difference, but I'm mainly using it for maintenance and it seems to work well for that
love this product
olivia from iowa
i know this sounds crazy but this product paired with the Nicinimide it has already helped my acne so much
:( itchy breakouts
Alexandra from Austin, Tx
My skin is so itchy and start to have a lot of breakouts! And I never have a breakout problems!
I can't live without it.
Ashley from Atlanta
I don't normally review products. But I don't know what it is about this stuff- it's incredible. My skin is normal/combination depending on the time of year. I do get some breakouts here and there. I am 32 so some signs of aging. This stuff I use at night and I ALWAYS notice results when I consistently use it and I ALWAYS notice my skin looking dull and gross when I stop using it. I've repurchases this stuff so many times. It's the best thing I have ever found for just an overall enhanced texture & glow.
Perfect for Winter
Joselyn from Indio
Since it's in squalene oil I think it's perfect to use or start during winter. I started using it a couple days ago and I don't feel a lot of irritation and I have no dry patches or redness. I recommend putting a little moisturizer before applying it and after applying. Start slow, for example use it every other night. Remember to use sunscreen in the am!!!
Dri from Ny
I ordered a bunch of face oils and this is the only one that didn't irritate my skin or make me itchy. It's light weight and moisturizing, little to no odor.
Such high quality
Meredith from Texas
Great Price and Great product. Lasts a while too so don't need to repurchase often
PLEASE GET IF YOU STRUGGLE WITH ACNE
Emma from Williamsburg, Virginia
I have struggled with acne for years and years. I have tried millions of different products to help with my acne, and this has been the only product that has worked for me. It does take a couple weeks to start seeing results though! So do not give up on it until you have used it for about a month!
Antonina from Seattle
I've noticed such a difference in my face only after 2 weeks. Will be buying it again! My face is so much brighter and feels more even. Every morning I have a healthy glow and my skin hasn't looked better than it does now. I'm obsessed.
Ashley from Maine
I am a first time retinol user and have been using this for about 3 months. I chose this product because I heard this was a great brand and it was a fraction of the price of other retinols. Seriously all I can say is wow!! I'm 32 and my skin has become dull and I've struggled with breakouts that I never used to have. Using this has been a lifesaver. It has calmed my skin down, smoothed everything out, and definitely made my skin look younger.
A few people complained in other reviews that this ruined their makeup. Well yes it did because this is a nighttime routine product - it says that right on the box. Also retinol is POWERFUL (I literally use 4 drops each application), so it's best to start 1-2 days a week and work your way up. I use Korres Greek Yogurt Gel Cream over this to moisturize and my skin is glowing by morning.
Honestly for less than $6 what do you have to lose?
Ashley from Plover WI
I love this formula so much & am a repeat buyer. It's my absolute favorite. I have sun spots & blemish scars & super dry skin, I live in cold weather & my skin drinks this product right up! Makes me glowy & has helped my skins issues tremendously! I use it with the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, & the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%❤️
Reagan from Knoxville
This is amazing! If you are acne prone (like me) I recommend only using it once or twice a week. It is really moisturizing and it last a long time! I totally recommend!
I will forever repurchase this product!
J. Yang from Wilmington, NC
This is a wonderful face serum. It feels more like a face oil as it is very liquidity and it does take time to sink into your skin.
I can use this alone at night right after I double cleanse without applying a moisturizer on top. My face is still hydrated the next morning from this product alone. I tend to use this product on nights I am lazy and want to keep my skincare simple. I will forever repurchase this product!
A must have!
Michelle from New York
I can't live without this stuff. It keeps my face dewy and smooth. I hope they never change the formula.
Love this serum!!
Liyah from Milwaukee, WI
This is one of the only few serums that work for me. I definitely recommend for combo skin!
Doc on the go from Miami, FL
I don't really get acne but when I have scars that stay around for a long time. I don't pop them or pick at my skin. I just get scars regardless…but I've been using this as part of my skincare. I rotate this with vit c oil, niacinamide, AHAs pads, rose water, & witch hazel. I've seen a slight improvement. The oils make me break out sometimes but these bumps don't leave a scar.
MAKE SURE YOU USE A SUNSCREEN MOISTURIZER! I stopped using this for 1-2 weeks because I was going on a trip and knew I would be outdoors. My face sunburned so bad.
Taj from PA
My skincare routine has gotten very simple and this product was a phenomenal addition. My skin texture and pores have never been better. Can't believe I haven't used retinol before this
Skincare Junkies, this is a MUST HAVE!
Lele from San Diego, ca
I've been on a tangent recently trying to make sure I'm using the best products to keep my skin glowy, healthy and youthful. This product is a holy grail!!!!! Retinol is used to fight wrinkles, dimples, or signs of aging in skin. I'm only 26, and I've noticed a huge turnaround immediately. I apply before my cerave moisturizer at night and I always have a youthful glow the morning after, love love love it !
AVOID IF ACNE-PRONE
Medical Student from San Diego
After months of using this product, I really really really wish that one of these reviews could have told me that the jojoba oil in this product is HORRIBLE for acne-prone skin. This entire time I was worried about why I wouldn't stop purging. If you are not acne-prone, however, I am sure it's a good product. I am giving this product one star because it does not advertise that it contains jojoba oil.
idontknowbutilikeit from USA
When I first started using it I had a bit of acne show up, but that's completely normal when introducing something new to your body. I continued to use it and my skin looked and felt very moisturized, but not like lotion seeping into your skin moisture, but something different. It feels better than lotion. It is considered thick and sticky to some, but it makes the skin look wonderfully youthful. I suggest doing a patch test before applying it to your whole face, (which is actually what they suggest as well). In some of the reviews people said they had bad reactions, so ALWAYS apply a new product to a small section on the face for a few days to test its reaction.
I needed a stronger Retinol and this one seems great. I real
Denise from Frandor... Michigan
At night. My skin seems clearer and bright...love it!! I use alot of the ordinary products and love them. Good prices on all of them makes it easy and affordable!!
Don't let the price fool you!
MoBisMe from Los Angeles
This product was recommended to me by a friend who works in prestige beauty. I thought for the price - how good could it be? I have acne prone skin and was a little nervous when I first applied it as it felt a bit oily. I put on at night - as you do with retinoids and woke up in the morning to the softest skin and without an oily feel. Lots of retinols have broken me out or felt sticky. This doesn't. It's only been a few days that I've been using it but no reaction whatsoever and my skin seems to love it.