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

Can be purchased on Deciem’s Website: HERE

Price:  £5.50

Volume: 30ml

Made in: Deciem is located in Canada

What is this?: Water-Free, High-Potency Antioxidant Formula

What does it do: (From their website): ‘This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid.’

Resveratrol = phenol  Ferulic Acid = phytochemical antioxidant.

Antioxidants help prevent collagen breakdown by neutralising free radicals in the skin. The same thing vitamin C does. So using these in conjunction with vitamin C can be recommended/useful.  

Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper.

Good for: This has an oily-slip so I don’t know if oily skins will like this. Dry and dehydrated might. This is a very potent %, so it can be irritating to sensitive skins (see below)

Also good for anyone who wants to incorporate protection against free radicals.


Apply alone / after water-based serums, before oils or heavier creams. OR mix with other treatments to enhance their antioxidant capacity.’ Can be diluted with most oils to reduce strength.’

Can be mixed with vitamin C (Deciem recommend their The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% or Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone) ‘to form an outstanding antioxidant network of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid and Resveratrol in lipids.’

How I use it:

In the AM: After toning, I apply this before my Sun block. I should be mixing this in with my dear Klairs Vitamin C serum but I use that at night.


Oily/oil. Slides around, takes time to rub it in. I guess it would be much easier to handle if you applied very little, but I want my skin to be protected so I make sure my face is covered and I’m not pulling/tugging my skin to ensure my face is fully covered.

Good under makeup?:

Have not tested, however due to the oil slip, I don’t know if this would work under makeup, especially for those who produce excess sebum.

Key Ingredients: Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid: This formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally high concentration.

Full Ingredients list: Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid – Nice and short!

Fragrance: None (except for the natural smell of the ingredients).     


Good Points:

  • Antioxidants. These ingredients are known to help the skin.
  • Potent (strong) concentration.
  • Price is a bargain
  • Simple – you know what you are getting on the bottle (small ingredients list)
  • No fragrance

Bad Points:

  • Don’t like the oily feel/slip/texture of this product.
  • Due to the oil-y feel, It makes my Missha sunblock ‘slip’ off my skin and I feel like it’s not meshing together so I have to resort to another cream-type sunblock.
  • I have not tested this with makeup but the oily slip may affect foundation especially for those who have oily/excess-sebum type skin (BUT I MAY BE WRONG)
  • Can cause irritation

Conclusion: Overall – A useful/helpful product to protect your skin. Antioxidants (in my opinion) are a necessity in your routine as they help (along with your sunblock) against collagen breakdown etc. So they are great for the reduction of ageing skin. The oil slip of this product however I really don’t like. The oil texture as well doesn’t work well with my Missha sun block. So I have to use more of a cream sunblock to match with this. Have to be careful that I don’t irritate my skin using this.

Overall: 3.5/5 (deducted due to oily slip)

Would I repurchase: Very hard question. This is an antioxidant serum so of course it helps with sun damage and collagen breakdown – very important. BUT I’m really not a fan of the oil slip – especially for my type of skin, I’m not a fan of oils or oily-feeling products. The price of this is also fab and tempting. I think I would repurchase.  


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