Product Review: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Resveratrol, it’s the exciting polyphenol which gives red wine its famously powerful antioxidant protection. The compound is produced by plants to protect and repair themselves when exposed to environmental stress factors like UV rays, infections, and drastic weather variations.

Ingredients list: Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid.

Resveratrol, it's the exciting polyphenol which gives red wine its famously powerful antioxidant protection. The compound is produced by plants to protect and repair themselves when exposed to environmental stress factors like UV rays, infections, and drastic weather variations. Recent studies seem to confirm the very bright future of resveratrol for the prevention of UV light related skin-aging, inflammatory disorders, as well as skin cancer. Studies really put forward the strong UV rays protection potential of the polyphenol. Turns out it’s the ultimate natural sunblock for plants.

Also, I gotta admit that I find the idea of integrating into my skincare the same compound found in red wine very seducing. I like to envision the resveratrol produced by grapes as a luxurious fountain of youth. Gotta admit that impression was amplified by the inclusion of a resveratrol serum in SkinCeuticals skincare line. The price of their products being quite prohibitive, I was thrilled to discover The Ordinary's very own resveratrol serum, at an astonishing concentration of 3% (as opposed to 1% for SkinCeuticals). Would the product match the high expectations I had built? Regarding its results, but also its real-time use that I imagined as a luxurious sensorial experience – yep, I get high on skincare...

 Product claims

« This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid. Resveratrol is a natural phenol found in several plants and our pure source is 100% derived from Japanese Knotweed. Ferulic Acid is a high-potency phytochemical antioxidant found naturally in walls of plant cells » 

« This product can be mixed with The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% or Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone at each application to form an outstanding antioxidant network of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid and Resveratrol. »

◊ Key Ingredients

√ Resveratrol (3%): A promising antioxidant, great to boost the skins protection against UV rays - at an exceptionally high concentration.

√ Ferulic acid (3%): A well-established antioxidant often found in products containing vitamin C along with vitamin E to enhance their stability and effectiveness.

◊ Product Characteristics

  • Irritation Potential: Moderate. I Did not have problems, but it's a highly concentrated antioxidant serum. Skin reactions are possible.
  • Look & Feel: Clear serum, light yet it feels sticky/oily
  • Finish: hard to escape the shiny face look, even with great precaution.
  • Smell: unscented (light medical-like smell)
  • Packaging: 30ml glass bottle with dispenser. An efficient and safe packaging to preserve the integrity of air sensible antioxidants.
  • Potency: high
  • Pricing: affordable (7,90 USD)

◊ My Experience with the product

Let me tell you straight up that my product experience did not match my delusional expectations. I’ve used it on a regular basis for 2 months, and now my bottle is near the end.

First of all, the texture of the serum comes off as oily, even though there is no oil contained in the product at all. Your fingers will feel sticky right after applying it, and so will your face. The Ordinary suggests combining the resveratrol serum with vitamin C in order to provide an outstanding antioxidant protection. Had me excited because it clearly sounds like the ideal antioxidant protection for daytime considering resveratrol and Vit C are both known to boost the resistance of your skin to UV rays. Sadly, it wasn't a pleasure at all to combine the two sticky serums. They did not absorb so well, often leaving my face shiny/oily. The serums need to be applied in extreme moderation, but top that with sunscreen and it becomes very tricky. Turns out the combo was too much for me to handle in public, so I stopped trying to make it work.

When applied without Vit C, the finish of resveratrol is discreet enough to be wearable in public. Nevertheless, it broke my heart having to choose between one and the other for my morning routine. The combination is now for bedtime, or sunny days not requiring me to be at my number 1.

 Final thoughts

Did the highly anticipated resveratrol have any noticeable impact on my skin apart from residual shininess?

Nothing remarkable that is for sure. It did not give my face that healthy glow the way vitamin C or Alpha lipoic acid does. According to the research I've done, resveratrol can be used to treat inflammation or redness of the skin, but niacinamide is much more effective at addressing this particular issue. So, as you can see, resveratrol doesn’t appear to have done much for me at all. However, it didn’t do any harm. Never did it irritate my skin, on the contrary, it seemed soothing. The product felt more like I was applying a facial oil than an antioxidant serum. I remain confident resveratrol brings added value to the skin in the long run.

More generally, I follow the idea that skincare is all about prevention. My skin has been doing great in the last months, thanks to my holistic approach to skincare. Accordingly, I did not expect any major skin transformation from using resveratrol. What I look for in skincare is science-backed ingredients that will help me maintain healthy skin in the long run, and I still believe resveratrol is one of those. Now, it would be interesting to try out SkinCeuticals serum and then see if theirs is easier to apply & wear in public.

  • Will I repurchase the product? I’ve decided to restock the serum last time I’ve placed an order on Deciems website. I hesitated, but then I didn’t see any reasons why not to offer occasional resveratrol treatments to my skin.
  • Would I recommend it to a friend? A friend genuinely interested by skincare and who would like to complement his/her skincare routine with another type of antioxidant. Those looking to keep things simple and to limit their skincare expenses: you should pass. Stick to the results guaranteed essentials (vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide).

⇒ score: 6.5/10


3 thoughts on “Product Review: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

  1. Finding answers if I will dig into this the ordinary resverstrol brand,its really tempting because its way too cheaper to skinceuticals.Glad that I’d stumble upon your blog.Thanks for sharing!

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