Forever Young: The Ordinary Retinol Review

A woman smiling with glowing, youthful skin

A woman smiling with glowing, youthful skin

Yes, my friends, I know you hate fine lines and wrinkles. I’m careful with products promising miracles against the natural process of aging, but The Ordinary RetinolOpens in a new tab. serum caught my attention. 

Through many years in the beauty industry, I have learned that retinol can slow down the hands of time. The Ordinary Retinol features 0.5% pure retinol proven to minimize fine lines, and it gives skin a fresh appearance. 

But I wondered what else makes it shine above other serums on the market? 

First, let’s look at retinol a bit further. 

Retinol: The Ins and Outs

A skincare glass dropper filled with retinol.

Truly, scienceOpens in a new tab. has proven through short and long-term studies that regular use of a retinol product improves wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and skin texture. It is a true weapon in fighting the natural signs of aging. 

You find retinol in products over the counter, but sometimes it is found in prescription creams and serums. It works by preventing collagen breakdown while also stimulating the production of collagen. All the good things that fight those fine lines!

It is a product that is safe for all skin types, score!

Some of my clients have had redness or feel their skin is dry if they start using a retinol product, so my advice is to go slow. 

I recommend doing a patch test before using a retinol product over the entire face. Use just a small amount in a choice place like your chin to see how your skin reacts. Be very careful using the thinner skin around the eyes and the mouth. 

Your skin does build a tolerance over time, so if you notice irritation, switch to using it every other day or use a smaller amount. How do you know if your skin is irritated? Your skin might get very red, itchy, or dry and flaky. 

Through research, I learned retinol can make your skin sensitive to the sun, so never go outside without applying sunscreen! It is always so important to protect your skin, but even more so if you are using a retinol product. 

Women and men at almost any age can use retinol. Even teenagers use retinol because it effectively fights acne. Women using retinol for the anti-aging benefit are typically in their late twenties or early thirties. 

I have learned you should use retinol at night. The reason is your skin repairs itself as you sleep, so you absorb products better as your skin regenerates. 

Now that you know the ins and outs of retinol let’s look at The Ordinary Retinol and why it’s loved. 

No Ordinary Retinol Serum

The Ordinary Retinol facial serum
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The Ordinary Line of products is a collection of many different skincare products, but they also value honesty and integrity. The company is a pioneer in developing products that are innovative in the skincare industry. 

Bottom line, I have trust in this company. 

I mentioned The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in squalane. If you haven’t heard of squalane, it is often used in moisturizers because it is similar to the skin’s natural oils.

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Combined with squalane, The Ordinary RetinolOpens in a new tab. is a lovely serum that will give your skin a healthier, smoother appearance. And you know what? It smells good too! It’s a very subtle herbal smell, nothing artificial or irritating.

The Ordinary Retinol has other unique active ingredients that are fantastic for the skin. Guess what; they are natural too! The serum’s ingredients list also includes:

  • Jojoba seed
  • Fruit extract
  • Rosemary leaf extract

It is also silicone-free, nut-free, oil-free, gluten-free, vegan, and of course, cruelty-free! I value companies that care about what goes into their products. 

One more thing to love is that their products are priced on point! It is not much more than other over the counter products that contain retinol, but I feel I’m getting a product that is prescription worthy. 

And The Reviews are In!

A woman being gifted a bottle of The Ordinary Retinol

Customers love this product! The reviews speak for themselves and are a great place to determine if purchasing any product is good for you.

Here is just one The Ordinary Retinol ReviewOpens in a new tab. on Amazon: 

“Hello, I never leave reviews usually, but this time I have [to]! I am 26 years old and have had acne since being 13, also started with fine lines a couple of years back. This stuff has improved my skin dramatically, I was so depressed thinking my skin was always going to be awful, and this stuff has literally changed my life, I might get one or two spots, but that is nothing compared to before, after just a month the scars are clearing, my lines are much less, and all the hormonal spots are non-existent! I have tried tons of stuff from the doctors, and all it has done is dried my skin and not helped, this stuff has not done that at all! It’s a miracle!!”

I have found I agree with the chatter. It has left my skin feeling replenished, and it has just the right amount of shine. It keeps my skin looking and feeling youthful! 

Not only do I believe my skin is healthier, but I feel good knowing I am using a sustainable product. The ingredients align with what I want to see in a serum I will use daily. 

I appreciate the oily texture because I think it is doing something for me! I have been able to figure out the right amount, so my skin feels nourished and moisturized. 

If you find the 0.5% in squalane is just too strong or causing irritation, there is a range of the strength of retinol. The Ordinary Retinol also offers 0.2% and 1% if you want to adjust the strength if you’re starting out or have more sensitive skin. 

But Is It For You? 


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I think taking care of the skin is so important. It is the largest organ in our bodies, and we need to love the skin we are in! 

Keep your skin youthful, healthy, and glowing with the right retinol product. I believe, yes, The Ordinary RetinolOpens in a new tab. may be the one for you!

Paulina Romain

Paulina Romain is an entrepreneur and artist in the beauty industry. She is the founder and owner of The Art of Ink Studio, where she provides services such as permanent cosmetics, microblading, and artistic ink, focusing on personalized body art. Additionally, she owns Mill Pond Salon, through which she aims to deliver big-city salon services in the comfort of a small town. Apart from her hands-on work in her studios, Paulina Romain is also active on social media platforms like TikTok, where she showcases her fine line and cosmetic tattoo work. Furthermore, she's been in the salon and beauty industry for over 14 years and operates Team True Beauty with Sam Romain. This platform includes a blog on various beauty-related topics and marks the opening of two beauty brands by the couple.

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