The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% review

Does your Vitamin C serum lack ferulic acid?

If so, my smart friend, you’re doing your skin a disservice. It’s no secret these two antioxidants are way more powerful together than alone.

But if you don’t feel like giving your fave Vitamin C serum the boot, don’t. Just supplement it with a ferulic acid serum, like The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%.

It has the highest concentration of both ferulic acid and resveratrol on the market. Here’s what these two antioxidants can do for your skin:

What’s In The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%?


Resveratrol is the reason why wine (in moderation) is good for you. It’s a natural antioxidant red grapes and dark berries naturally produce to protect themselves from UV radiation and other natural enemies.

It does the same for your skin too. A 2008 study found that resveratrol prevents UVB-induced damage – even when topically applied to the skin.

How? Easy: it works by reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals. That means it helps prevent wrinkles, dark spots, and cancer.

Just a warning: animal studies show that ingesting 0.37% resveratrol a day can cause birth defects. Sure, we’re not animals so resveratrol may be harmless to us. But as this serum has a whopping 3% of resveratrol (much higher than what you usually find in skincare products), if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using it.

Related: Resveratrol In Skincare Products: What Does It Do?

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Ferulic acid is an antioxidant on steroids.

While most antioxidants destroy only one or two types of free radicals (that’s why you need to use a dozen in your skincare routine), ferulic acid neutralises THREE: superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and nitric oxide.

Ferulic acid kicks ass on its own. But, it’s even more powerful when used together with vitamins C and E. This trio boosts one another’s effectiveness and the protection of your sunscreen.

A study conducted by Duke University has found that “its [ferulic acid] incorporation into a topical solution of 15%l-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and 1%alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E) improved chemical stability of the vitamins (C+E) and doubled photoprotection. This combination provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.”

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% has no vitamin C or E. But if you’re using them in your skincare routine (and you should), supplementing with this serum can help you reap maximum benefits.

Just one thing: if you’re allergic to grains such as wheat, corn or barley, consult a doctor before adding ferulic acid to your skincare routine. Just in case.

Related: Why You Should Add Ferulic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

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A yellow-coloured oily texture that takes a minute or so to absorb into the skin.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

In the morning after your Vitamin C serum to supercharge it.

Performance & Personal Opinion

I like to apply The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% alone in the morning after my Vitamin C serum to give that one a boost.

But if you have oily skin, either use it (and your Vitamin C) at night or mix a couple of drops with your fave vitamin C serum. Even so, if you live in a very hot climate, it may make your skin too oily in the torrid heat.

I use it after water-based serums but before moisturisers and oils and, so far, I’ve had no problems with pilling.

I admit I didn’t see dramatic results after introducing this serum to my skincare routine but that’s to be expected: antioxidants are preventative.

Science tells me that if I use these two antioxidants regularly, my skin will get less sun damage, fewer wrinkles and will stay younger for longer. And those all are things you notice in the long run, not after a month of use.

You know what they say. Prevention is better than cure. 😉

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Who Is This For?

Anyone who uses a Vitamin C serum without ferulic acid.

Who Is This NOT For?

If your Vitamin C serum has ferulic acid, you don’t need this.


A dark bottle with a dropper applicator. Sleek and practical.

Does The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Live Up To Its Claims?

This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid.True, but I wish they explained why.
Skincare formulations generally incorporate Resveratrol at 1% or less and Ferulic Acid at 0.5% or less. This formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally high concentration.True.

Price & Availability

£5.50 at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

If your Vitamin C serum lacks ferulic acid, this is a good way to add it to your routine.

Dupes & Alternatives


Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid.