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TIA always has something interesting up its virtual sleeve, and so I happily agreed just over a month ago to test Rejuvel 3D ($149 in the shop) — not that I could actually imagine what a three-dimensional anti-aging cream would be! True, microgravity makes sense for those us increasingly challenged by gravity on earth. In any case, the claims — "reduces the appearance of fine lines, age spots, dark circles, and discoloration" — sounded good, certainly relevant to me at 60, and probably to many other readers 40 and up. The company’s web site describes the product: “Exclusive Biomimetic Suspension substrate delivers active biomolecules from potent cell cultures, scientifically formulated to aid in accelerated skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, dark spot correction, increased biological elasticity and increased skin moisture content.”
Fortunately for me, Marta posted an explanation of the Rejuvel science a couple of weeks after I started using the product, sparing me the task of interpretation. As I understand it, the magic is less in the ingredients themselves than in the process through which these components are cultured (the “bioreactor” or vessel in which they grow “in three dimensions”) — that’s where the patents come in. It’s this process that the company says is biomimetic and thus results in ingredients that are functionally more effective in actually generating fibroblast cells. Or something like that.
Rejuvel 3D comes in a sleek, cylindrical silver airless pump that looks futuristic and modern, and in a clever design move, a clear plastic shell is layered over the silver sleeve and gives the labeling a 3D cast. It’s priced at $149 for a 1.7 ounce/50 ml container, which gave me almost five weeks of use both morning and night on face and neck, as instructed.
I’m not sure whether Rejuvel’s creators position it as a serum or a stand-alone cream — I found it to be somewhere between the two, both in feel and in effects. It’s definitely heavier than the typical serum, more similar in consistency and appearance to the average day cream. I found it a little less emollient than I’d have liked, though, so I often doubled it up with a day or night-time moisturizer, as my skin felt a little dry when I used it solo. (Admittedly, I began my Rejuvel trial just as the weather became colder and drier. Perhaps I’d have used it alone during the summer.) And I always used an eye product as well, probably mostly out of habit — I was already using TIA’s well-regarded Sciote Vitamin C Eye Treatment ($65). One thing I did notice, and thought promising, was that in the first couple of weeks of use I felt some mild tingling when I first applied it. Though that wore off, I was hopeful that this sensation foretold some big changes to come.
A month in, I don’t think that Rejuvel 3D has had a made a remarkable difference, but it hasn’t been a huge disappointment either. My face doesn’t seem notably less lined or notably more even, but my skin does feel reasonably healthy and firm. This may well be a more useful product for younger people just starting to deal with skin aging, or perhaps for those with less dry skin. I’ve used other products in this price range that worked better for me, with greater impact on firmness, discoloration, and lines. In my experience, it was a good-enough serum, but not a standout.