The Ordinary – Advanced Retinoid 2% first impressions (originally posted 13/01/2017)

Continuing with my series about The Ordinary, next up is the Advanced Retinoid 2%. I really wanted to give this a good test run to be sure about the effect.

First things first a little trivia. This will get a bit science-y, but bear with me:

Retinoid is a chemical compound that is related to Vitamin A, it helps cell turnover, stimulates collagen, strengthens the deeper layers of the skin and reduces pigmentation.  Retinol is a form of Vitamin A when applied, the skin converts it into retinoic acid that helps with reducing lines, reduces photoaging. These two basically do the same thing, but it may take longer to get results with retinol because it essentially have to be converted by the body so it takes longer to get results. Also retinol might cause more irritation.

Which one to get? Retinoids and retinols come in all different shapes and sizes built into serums, moisturisers, peel pads, concentrates, oils in different concentrations.  It’s all about trial and error, I’m afraid because everyone’s tolerance is different. Once you find the one that works for you, you can get brilliant results.

I’ve been using the Advanced Retinoid 2%  since October as part of my evening routine two-three times a week inserted between my cleansing and my serum step and I have to say, this is a brilliant addition to any anti-ageing routine. It is nice and light, feels moisturising and I am excited to see what the results will be. This is a product where the results are visually less spectacular as you start using it (there’s no irritation, no peeling so you won’t see the product physically working straight away), you have to be patient with this and wait for months to see the difference.  Retinoid is much more subtle than retinol, the key is consistency, persistence and months along the line you will see great results.

The Advanced Retinoid 2%  is a really clever skincare concoction and I think all Retin based products are really worth understanding so you can get the best out of them. If you are over 35?  Go for it, start to introduce it slowly to your routine. This one is only £8.00 for 30 ml so even if it turns out to be not your cuppa, you won’t lose much money. Just make sure you do a little research before you start using it and read the instructions on the website. (You can find it here)


Don’t forget to be very particular about using SPF during the day while on retinoids (and always really), just to make sure that the good work you’re doing to your skin with retinoid is not ruined. Another thing to remember is, don’t overdo it. More is not more, just use a little bit and spread it all over the face, neck and chest. This is not a product for everyday use.

You will find all The Ordinary products on the Victoria’s Health website here.

EDIT 17/11/2017: Please note that this product since has been discontinued, the new version is available under the name of Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

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