by Cristina

I have been using 3Lab WW Eye Cream since early June, for about eight weeks.

This cream is 2 ounces packaged in a simple small jar with a startling price of $250. Yes alright, it is lasting quite a long time. I figure it will last another four weeks but nevertheless expensive at about $85 a month.

The features and benefits that 3Lab claims about this cream are:

- Firms the skin to give the appearance of a lift

- Increases circulation in the delicate orbital eye area, thus, reducing the appearance of dark circles

- De-puffs under-eye bags

- Repairs the skin from past environmental damage

The ingredients are some that we have seen in other cosmetics in various combinations before.

The key ingredients that 3Lab promotes for this product are:

Its proprietary ingredient Nano Claire-GY™ that rebuilds the cellular matrix, which is in fact human oligopeptide-9. This is a synthetic human growth hormone and the first topical application of synthetic HGH. It is produced by nanotechnology, which enables easy transdermal and transfolicular absorption of the HGH into our skin and body. The only information I found about the effects of this ingredient was from other cosmetics companies. Not a single cosmetics dictionary I had access to online had any information. Basically it was stated that the ingredient improves skin texture, is anti-aging, and results in brightening  and a more even skin tone.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) suppresses melanin and combats UV damage. Too much melanin (which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for both the skin’s color and its absorption of UV rays) can result in age spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation. In addition, elasticity is improved.

Glucosyl Hesperidin stimulates circulation and evens skin tone.

Adenosine reduces the effects of calcium, the main messenger of facial contractions in the cells that lead to wrinkling. Adenosine is also considered a good anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Matrixyl 3000 works to mimic the appearance of broken-down collagen, causing your skin to react by producing more collagen, as well as elastin (responsible for the skin’s elasticity) and hyaluronic acid (which plumps the skin and gives it that healthy, full look). This results in significant reduction of wrinkles.

Other interesting ingredients in this product are:

Portulaca Extract, a powerful anti-inflammatory, which helps fight under-eye puffiness. Also called Purslane, it contains more omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid, in particular) than any other leafy vegetable plant.

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate or licorice root extract is a skin-conditioning agent that works to improve the appearance of dry/damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness; it also functions as an anti-irritant with anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing capabilities. The ingredient is also a potential lightening/brightening agent that prevents hyperpigmentation. Further studies have shown it to help reduce the redness and irritation commonly associated with various ailments such as rosacea, psoriasis and acne.

Squalene is a natural emollient. It imparts to the skin a suppleness without an unpleasant greasy feel. It readily forms emulsions with fixed oils and lipophilic substances and does not oxidize nor turn rancid. It can help prevent cell damage, protecting your skin’s cells from oxidation; thus, helping to slow down the aging process in your skin.

Sodium hyaluronate has a small molecular size that  is able to reach deep down into the dermis layer of your skin to maintain and attract moisture.

Now, on to my results: After using this cream for several weeks, I noticed improvement but not enough for me to spend $250… even if it lasts three months.

Pros: Yes, I did notice the product gave me some brightness, but this did not last throughout the day. What was especially a nice surprise was upon waking in the morning, the under-eye area was still bright and smooth. I noticed wrinkles/crow’s feet were less visible/less deep. I noticed great smoothing and toning of the skin under the eye.

Cons: The texture of the cream was thick and rich and did not feel greasy in the jar, but, in fact, stayed greasy on my skin too long. I found that putting on makeup after applying the cream was not a good thing. Although the eye cream served the purpose of hydration quite well, I did not notice much reduction in puffiness.

Aside from the other unpronounceable chemicals (but no parabens!), the ingredients in the cream are all certainly protective and claim to repair existing damage.

Would I buy this again? No… for two reasons: 1) it was just too greasy for me and 2) the price was way out of my range. There certainly are other great cosmetics brands offering the same benefits and the same results but at a more reasonable price.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethyl Isosorbide, C10-18 Triglycerides, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydroxyproline, Niacinamide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Human Oligopeptide-9, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Squalane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lecithin, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Glucoside, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Propyl Gallate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid