The retinol is one of the ingredients proven to have serval skin anti-aging benefits. I have read online that some of the skin care specialists are concerned about The Ordinary’s offering retinol products for such a low price. Both Retinol 1% Emulsion and Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion are products you can get for less than $10 what makes them extremely affordable in comparison with other retinol products out there.
But the founders of DECIEM, the mother brand of The Ordinary line, are quite straight forward about their approach. They do not spend loads of money on advertising focused on convincing their customers that the product actually works allowing them to earn money elsewhere.
With the unexpected popularity of The Ordinary line around the world, it is fair to say they must have done something right. We have already reviewed several of their products and with a few exceptions, we mostly liked them.
Hopefully, after today’s review, you will have a better overview of what you can expect from their retinol and retinoid.
The Ordinary Retinol 1% A Stable Emulsion of Retinol
Retinol is one of the few skin care ingredients that have been proven to be a miracle worker when in comes to the skin anti-aging. It is a form of vitamin A which occurs in the skin. Retinol kills the old skin cells and boosts the growth of the new ones. It prevents the wrinkle creation by stimulating collagen production and thickening of the deeper skin layers. It is advised to chose the type of retinol based on the skin needs and tolerates.
Low tolerance for this ingredient is the reason why so many stays away from it. When used in a pure form, and the dermatologists highly recommend this one, tend to cause irritation at the beginning of the treatment.
I had many experiences with retinol in the past. Regardless the brand or the price point of the product next day after application, my skin would be red and sensitive to the touch. Still, it was manageable.
You can imagine my facial expression after I used The Ordinary Retinol 1% Emulsion for the first time. Several layers of my skin were gone! It looked horrifying. I have never had a chemical peel before but I my friends did, so I know how it looks like. It was not as bad but it for the safety reasons I avoided makeup, and obviously retinol for few weeks.
It took approximately one week for my skin to get better, to get to the point when I didn’t feel that my flesh was exposed. And yes, my friends were pretty vocal about how effing scary I looked. But to be honest with you, while I was recovering I saw my skin was way brighter and smoother than before.
I gave it another go. This time mixed the dot of the retinol 1% with my Olay night cream, ratio one small dot of retinol two big dots of cream. The skin felt bit sensitive the day after, but the peeling was way less extensive. Comparable to the regular mechanical peeling performed the night before. Nowadays I mix the tiniest amount of the retinol with the face serum in the evening, or I go for the Retinoid 2% Emulsion.
The Advanced Retinoid 2% A Stable Emulsion of Next – Generation Forms of Retinoid
A retinoid is retinol ester. Just as retinol, it prevents and reverses the signs of ageing. The ordinary used two types of retinoids in their product: Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate and a sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system to support the delivery and the effect of the first ingredient.
Apparently, the retinoid has to be first converted in the skin to the form of the retinol which can be used in the skin cells. This decreased the irritation of the skin. Still, after my experience with the retinol, I was very cautious about the amount I was applying on my face.
I haven’t noticed any irritation or skin peeling the next day. But it might be that my skin got used to the retinol to a certain extent.
Retinol or Advanced Retinoid
There is a difference in my skin the next day after application of both products. I do dilute the retinol with the night cream or serum, but still, my skin tends to peel off slightly for two days.
The retinoid also visibly improves the appearance of my skin, just like retinol. I feel like it is a great ageing preventative product. But I do know how much of a difference in the depth of my wrinkles, especially on my forehead, the retinol treatment made. Making it my product of choice when it comes to the turning back the clock few years.
Both products require some massaging into the skin. More liquidy formulation of the Retinoid 2% allows applying less product evenly, in my opinion. With me trying different ‘dilutions’ with various products the silicon-feel of the emulsion no longer bothers me when I put my face on the pillow. So when it comes to the form of the emulsion, the Retinoid is a winner.
I understand that if you are working full-time walking around with your face off might not be ideal. But if you have a few days off, or long weekend use heavily diluted Retinol 1% on Friday night. Do this once a week, every week, and you will enjoy more youthful look within a month.
I think it’s worth it. If you do not have deeper wrinkles yet, definitely Retinoid 2% is a better option for you. Give it a shot. You can try with very low frequencies, maybe once a week and then use more as your skin appreciates the product better. Remember only to use these products at night and use sun protection in the morning.
At this point, I think my skin appearance is just improving. I know that the other product I have implemented in my skin care routine also partially responsible. But the reduction in the depth of my wrinkles that’s the retinol’s doing.
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