Review: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
I’ve been meaning to get to another The Ordinary skin care product. I’ve tried almost all of them. Well, many of the popular ones. This time, I’m here to talk about The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%! I’ve gone through a couple of bottles in the past years. Yes, years, lol. It’s been that long, haha. They seem to last forever too. So this serum is a powerhouse of two antioxidants, Resveratrol (3%) and Ferulic Acid (3%). Resveratrol and ferulic acid helps to improve dark spots, skin elasticity, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I was really interested in this product just because of these two particular ingredients, the benefits, and the price point of the product. Just like all of the other The Ordinary skin care products, it was super cheap. From what I remember, less than 10 bucks for a bottle. I really wanted to add some antioxidants that are truly effective into my skin care routine that wasn’t vitamin c. This seems to be it. It looks like it could work. Also, this was one of the many The Ordinary products that I was very excited for! Well, after knocking out a couple of bottles of The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%, here are my thoughts on this product!
I used this serum in combination with The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% Alpha Arbutin 2%. Ferulic acid helps to boost the effects of other antioxidants. In this case, ascorbic acid (vitamin c). I used it in the morning and at night. So this serum is a light golden color. It feels oily on the skin (uh oh) like all of the other The Ordinary skin care products I’ve tried. It doesn’t absorb into the skin well. It leaves an oily film, residue on the skin after application. Feels like there’s a thin layer of product sitting on my skin. I didn’t like that at all. Even though I loved the active ingredients in this product, the overall formulation of the product wasn’t up to par to my liking or my skin type. It feels like it just sits on top of the skin. Leaving my skin feeling oily but drying my skin out over time. Also, after years of using this serum, I couldn’t tell if it was doing anything for my skin. I didn’t see improvements in the condition of my skin. It didn’t help with dark spots, skin elasticity, or fine lines and wrinkles. Nothing at all. Maybe the formula isn’t for me? It contains propanediol (just like the other The Ordinary skin care products I’ve used). Unfortunately, with this serum, I broke out in blackheads and closed comedones as well. Sadly, when I was using this serum, I didn’t think it was the serum causing the breakouts. I was too caught up in the ingredients that I overlooked what it was truly doing to my skin. And that is, clogging my pores and drying it out. Once I removed the serum, my skin slowly cleared up. So, it looks like The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% isn’t suitable for my skin type. Looking at the ingredients, it contains only 3 ingredients. They are propanediol, resveratrol, and ferulic acid. Seems harmless but the propanediol really messed everything up. This product isn’t for me along with the other The Ordinary skin care products that have this specific ingredient. 🤷🏻♀️
Pros & Cons
- Contains 3% Resveratrol and 3% Ferulic Acid
- Feels oily on the skin
- Leaves a thin film behind on the skin after application
- Doesn’t truly absorb into the skin. That explains that oily feeling.
- Breakouts (blackheads, closed comedones)
- Makes fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable
- No results
- Dries out the skin
Here goes another The Ordinary skin care product that didn’t work on my face. 😂 There’s been so many of them that ruined my skin. This one goes on the list. The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% made my skin break out in blackheads and closed comedones. Made my skin feel and look oily. It eventually dried my skin out in the end. No wonder why my under eyes looked so dried and wrinkled when I was using it. Looking back, I can’t believe I continued to use it and kept it in my skin care routine. Such regrets. It was one of the last The Ordinary skin care products I removed and noticed a huge improvement in my acne right away. I love the ingredients in this product (resveratrol and ferulic acid) besides propanediol, lol. That ingredient is the devil to my skin. It’s everywhere in The Ordinary products, and it causes havoc in my skin! I hope they would use something else because it’s not working for me. Even though this serum didn’t work on my face, I still like using it on my body. I would only purchase it again to use on my body but not my face. It works for that purpose. So it looks like I’ll have to find another product that contains resveratrol and ferulic acid. This one was just terrible.
Review: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (10 months!)
Finally, here’s my review on The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG! I’ve been using this eye serum (gel) for 10 months! I’m nearing a whole year soon! 🙌🏻 The purpose of this serum is to help with dark under eye circles (eye contour pigmentation) and puffiness. It contains caffeine (as the name of the product states) and green tea catechin. Both of these ingredients are known to help with under eye bags. Remember when people would place green tea bags over their eyes? This serum works just like that. Caffeine helps to improve circulation to reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles. Green tea catechin helps to reduce swelling and puffiness. Sounds like a perfect combo to destress the eyes! Since I’ve been using The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG for 10 months now (moving on to a year soon in a few months! 😲), I’m here to share my experience with this serum. I hope this is helpful. Keep on reading! 😃
This product has a serum, gel-like texture to it. It’s light yellow, golden in color. I only use 1 drop for both eyes. A little goes a long way. Using more product than necessary isn’t going to lead to faster results. It’s just a waste of product. From my experience, anyways. The serum spreads easily underneath the eyes without tugging the skin. I don’t pat this serum into my skin. I glide it on and let it sink in by itself, naturally. Give it some time to absorb. Once it absorbs into the skin, the skin feels tight and firm. Application is very easy. It’s the first product I put on my eyes, since it takes time to sink into the skin. It’s also a thin serum/gel. After I apply the serum, I go about my eye care products to keep my skin moisturized. This sequence seems to be working for me because I’ve seen results.
Here are my results using The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG!
In the first month of using this product, I didn’t expect to see results but I did. I saw visible results! 👏🏻 So amazing! This product claims to reduce the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and puffiness. And it does! My dark under eye circles improved after using this serum within the first month. It also helped to depuff my eyes. Some days I would wake up in the morning with really puffy eyes, and this product helps to reduce the swelling and puffiness. Overall, I think my dark under eye circles benefits from this serum a lot more. It was the first thing I noticed. With the positives, there’s gotta be at least a negative. I thought the serum was drying on the skin even though I applied heavier eye creams and moisturizers on my skin afterwards. The weird thing is that this serum doesn’t feel drying, but I visually noticed that the skin around my eyes appeared drier. It looked crepey. I saw some skin flaking off too. 👀 So I only used the serum at night. The recommended use of this product is in the AM and PM. I’ll get into that later.
After 5 months of using The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG…
I was able to finish a whole bottle of this serum. I could’ve stretched it out even longer if I wasn’t experimenting with it so often. 😜 I tried using it on my neck and sometimes I still do. I think it’s just a habit now. I tried using it on my facial skin. That was a no-go. This serum is not suitable for my face. I ended up with breakouts. Ouch! I’m never doing that again. lol. After 5 months of using it on the skin around my eyes, I didn’t see an increase in or drastic improvements, but my under eye circles looked better, and the serum is still helping with the puffiness. All I know is that my skin just looks better using this product. It simply just works and does what it’s supposed to do. It lives up to its claims!
About that dry skin problem that I had…
Once the dryness subsided, I was able to use the serum twice a day in the morning and at night. This took me over half a year to get to this point. I can’t help it, my under eyes dry out so fast. Before that, I would try to use the serum twice a day on and off until I got to the point where I can use it twice a day. Even with using it twice a day, I didn’t see an increase in benefits, but I love how the product calms and cools down my skin whenever I use it. Like having tea bags on my eyes in the morning and at night. 🍵 haha. Without having to make the tea, lol. It helps me to unwind and relax that part of my face. It’s mentally calming and helps to relieve stress too. Like I’m unwinding for the day (or to begin the day). It just feels really nice. Since I know that this product is working on my eyes, it doesn’t hurt to bump it up to twice a day.
Did it work on fine lines and wrinkles??
As for fine lines and wrinkles, this serum helps to smooth them out, but it doesn’t get rid of them. I don’t think any product can get rid of them. It’s part of the aging process. It’s bound to happen. 🤷🏻♀️ Also, the purpose of this serum is to help reduce the appearance of dark eye contour pigmentation and puffiness. It didn’t say anything about fine lines and wrinkles. Smoothing out some fine lines and wrinkles here and there is just an added benefit that I noticed. It’s better than nothing, to be honest. But, overall, I really like this serum. It works on my dark under eye circles. And they are quite terrible. lol. I wouldn’t be using it for 10 months and moving on to a year soon if I didn’t like it. This is pretty much a staple in my eye care routine by now. Love it! This stuff works!
This is what the serum looks like. It’s a light yellow, golden color. This is a drop of the serum. I use about this much on both eyes. No more, no less.
Pros & Cons
- Contains caffeine and green tea catechin
- Feels lightweight on the skin
- Leaves the under eye area nice and firm
- Helps with dark under eye circles and puffiness
- Helps a bit with fine lines and minor wrinkles
- Can be drying
This is one of my HG products. This is the only product from The Ordinary that has made it into my routine as a staple. And I’ve used a bunch of The Ordinary products with less than stellar results. This product actually does what it’s supposed to do. It helps to reduce the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and puffiness. It doesn’t say anything about fine lines and wrinkles on the product, but I have noticed my fine lines and wrinkles (if there’s any) smoothed out. After applying the serum, the skin around the eyes feel tighter and much more firmer than before. After seeing my results with continued use (10 months, whoooaaa!!!), I really like this product! It’s inexpensive, effective, and lasts for such a long time. My second bottle has lasted much longer than my first, since I’m only using 2 drops a day (in the morning and at night). If you’re looking for something that’s effective at reducing dark under eye circles and puffiness, this is it. Give this one a try. I highly recommend it! 👍🏻