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Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
5.0

/ 10

Is it right for me?

Moisturizing

0.0Humectancy10.0Occlusivity

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Quite moisturizing. The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane has a moisturizing rating of 5.0 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? It is purely occlusive. It has zero Humectancy (we didn't find any humectant ingredients on the ingredient list) and a maximum Occlusivity of 10 out of 10.

  • ALCOHOL-FREE
  • SULFATE-FREE
  • FRAGRANCE-FREE
  • NON-COMEDOGENIC
  • PHTHALATE-FREE
  • SILICONE-FREE
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • ESSENTIAL OIL-FREE

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
45
SqualaneBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient
34
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Botanical,SyntheticMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
17
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed OilBotanicalMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient
0.5
RetinolSyntheticAnti-wrinkle,Anti-acne,Anti-pigmentation
0.3
Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit ExtractBotanicalAntioxidant
0.3
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf ExtractBotanicalAntioxidant,Soothing,Antimicrobial,Astringent,Fragrance
0.3
Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone
0.3
BHTSyntheticAntioxidant,Fragrance

Ingredients explained

Score

45

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Emollient

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic,Animal

An occlusive moisturizing and emollient compound that forms part of the skin’s sebum. The main source of squalane had always been shark liver. Now, however, it is manufactured synthetically or derived from plant oils, such as olive and peanut oil.
Score

34

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Emollient, Fragrance, Solvent

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic

A natural occlusive moisturizing and emollient ingredient, it is a blend of glycerin and two fatty acids, caprylic and capric acid. It creates an oil-based protective layer on the skin, thereby preventing water loss.
Score

17

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Emollient

Origin

Botanical

A liquid plant wax, also known as Jojoba oil, pressed from the seeds of Simmondsia chinensis. These seeds can contain up to 50% of liquid wax. It is used as an occlusive moisturizer, emollient, and emulsifier.
Score

0.5

Function

Anti-wrinkle, Anti-acne, Anti-pigmentation

Origin

Synthetic

One of the most famous and well-researched anti-aging ingredients. It is proven to decrease wrinkles, help the skin to regain its thickness, firmness, and texture. Retinol is also proven to effectively treat pigmentation issues such as dark spots and acne.
Score

0.3

Function

Antioxidant

Origin

Botanical

A bright red extract obtained from tomato fruit. Its main bioactive compound is lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. It also contains other antioxidants like various phenolic acids and flavonoids.

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