Mild Retinoid Skincare: The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Friday, June 26, 2020 Philippines


I remember when I was younger, I used a Tretinoin ointment as an anti-aging product on my skin and was appalled that I developed a minor burn. My knowledge back then is not as strong now. I applied it directly and quite thickly on areas that I should not have like around my nose and lips. Then I understood why it needs a prescription from a Derma. LOL. 

Anyway, since then I stayed away from retinol products. I was reintroduced to Retinol when me and Kaycee of get together last year and she suggested products that I should try again. Unfortunately, the brand The Ordinary for retinoid was sold out during our visit. 

Recently though, I had a friend from work who came from Australia to visit Philippines, I asked them to buy me this Retinoid from The Ordinary! The Ordinary has a lot of products and my first choice is the 1% retinoid but it is still out of stock that is why I chose the 2%. 

Anyway, its now in my hands and I was able to test it for a few months now and I am now ready to share with you my experience. Just continue reading! :)

Brand: The Ordinary

Type: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Weight: 30ml

How To Use: 



Since this product is primarily anti-aging, I observed for any changes on my skin specially on my forehead where most of my fine lines appear. After three months use, together with a few weeks use of Estee Lauder Advanced Repair, I noticed that my fine lines decreased. I am not expecting it to make a miracle of making it all disappear but I was hoping that maintaining this on my skincare will further prevent formations of wrinkles. 

My skin looked smoother and plumper whenever I use this, with that as a results, I am happy to use it on my nightly routine. 

Even though it contains 2% of retinoid, it is still milder than a Tretinoin ointment. I did not experience any burns with it. It is also liquid like instead of a cream so it is easier to apply directly on skin and can be absorbed rather quickly. I recommend it for starters. 

Undeniably affordable and it is easy to lather on my skin so a bottle can last for two to three months of use. 

When it comes to skincare, I prefer to have spatula or dropper like this bottle because it prevents in contamination of the whole product. It is more hygienic. So plus points for The Ordinary!


Just a reminder, if you use ANY retinol products, it thins your skin so you need a protection from the sunlight. Do not go under the sun's direct light as much as possible and please use a sunscreen. 

When using retinol products, expect that after a few days of use, you will have a major breakout. Because it purges your skin. It comes with the experience of using this anti-aging product. 

On my first week of trying out this product, the breakouts started after 3 days of use. But for me, I think there are only three to four pimples that appeared. I let them dry on its own. After that, I did not encounter any breakouts anymore as long as I continue to use this.

I tried stopping it for a week after using it for a month, the first few days of returning it to my routine, the breakout happened again. In my conclusion, you really have to use it religiously. ^_^

This is always sold out on stores (but their other variants are available) so sometimes I have a hard time looking for this specific product. 


Buy again? 100% 

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 700php+ 

Where to buy? Beauty Bar, try also to look on trusted online sellers since this is usually out of stock at Beauty Bar. 

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