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Product summary

Judging from the ingredient list, "3LAB - Hydrating-Vita Cream" works well for improving skin hydration To work well, any moisturizer needs to include a combination of water-binding and emollient ingredients. 3LAB - Hydrating-Vita Cream ticks this box. Anhydroxylitol, cyclomethicone, dextran, glycerin and imperata cylindrica root extract in this product (humectants) attract water molecules to the upper layer of the skin (the water comes from the outside air or from the deeper layers of the skin if the air is dry). Caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, cyclomethicone, glycosphingolipids, dimethicone and dimethiconol in this product help decrease the water evoporation from the skin, so that it stays hydrated for longer. These ingredients also soften the skin and take away the feeling of tightness and dryness.

Ingredient callouts

  • this moisturizer includes a form of retinoids (vitamin A) - retinyl palmitate 0.15% - 0.25%, but this type of vitamin A is not very effective. It could in theory help with fine lines and wrinkles, but the effect is most likely minimal.
  • This moistruizer also contains peptides (caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 0.15% - 0.30%). Peptides is a very big group of ingredients. They all consist of a different combination of amino-acids. Our skin produces peptides naturally. Some of them work as natural anti-biotics, promote wound-healing and production of collagen. The scientists are still studying how effective the topical application of peptides is, but it is very likely that peptides in skincare are helpful. They might be able to support skin barrier restoration and even have an anti-aging benefit. At the very least, they certainly help attract water to the skin and support the hydration in this way.
  • Adenosine 0.10% - 0.20% in this product adds an anti-aging property to it. Adenosine is a chemical present inside our skin cells. A clinical trial confirmed that topical application of adenosine in a low concentration reduce dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that appear with age in a places where we our mimic is the most active, for example, in the corners of the eyes or on the forehead).

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains a bunch of common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide any known benefit for the skin. It might not be the best choice if your skin is sensitive. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be high. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 200.00$ in the United States, for 237.82A$ in Australia, for 106.45£ in the United Kingdom and for 219.50CA$ in Canada.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Also relying on the miraculous powers of Japanese red grass, barley and oat kernel extract, not only does this supreme moisturiser clarify and brighten the skin within minutes of application (while defending against UV-damage), but it also boosts and firms the skin while minimising fine lines and wrinkles."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains adenosine.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: caprooyl tetrapeptide-3.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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LOW
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"), this incredible moisturiser will even your skin tone leaving your complexion looking brighter and more radiant than ever before."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

Effective ingredients missing or their concentration is too low

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
MEDIUM
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LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Hydrating-Vita Cream"
From product name
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: anhydroxylitol, cyclomethicone.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: caprooyl tetrapeptide-3

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (imperata cylindrica root extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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LOW
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Moisturizing
Evens skin tone
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 66/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
5.5% - 6.7%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
4% - 4.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.9% - 3.6%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
2.3% - 2.8%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
2% - 2.4%
A type of silicone that leaves a nice silky finish on the skin and can help soften its upper layer
1.5% - 1.9%
A plat extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
1.3% - 1.6%
Helps create a thicker product consistency
1.1% - 1.3%
Used to create a nice product consistency while softening the upper layer of the skin
0.75% - 1.15%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.65%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of lipids naturally present in skin. They can be converted to ceramides in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Avoid if you are sensitive to gluten
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.2% - 0.35%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.15% - 0.25%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.1% - 0.2%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
0.1% - 0.2%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.15% - 0.25%
A mineral that is used to improve the texture of cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the most upper layer of the skin. Derived from sugar
0.1% - 0.25%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to help reduce dynamic wrinkles (for example, in the corners of the eyes or on the forehead)
0.1% - 0.2%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.1% - 0.25%
A plant extract that has anti-bacterial properties. Can be used to preserve the product. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.2%
A plant extract that might be helpful to neutralize free radicals in skin
0.1% - 0.25%
0.1% - 0.25%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.2%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, calm down inflammation and irritation, restore the barrier function and support wound healing. It can be helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect helping neutralize free radicals in skin
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.15% - 0.3%
Eggplant fruit extract. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrir function
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.25%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.15% - 0.25%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.15% - 0.25%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract that can contain an active compound curcumin, that may have some anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin, but solid research is lacking and the typical concentration used in skincare products is too low. Can be an irritant
0.1% - 0.2%
0.15% - 0.25%
Used as a frangrance. Can be irritating. Might have some anti-bacterial properties
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that is rich in a fragrance compound eugenol that is a frequent allergen and can be irritating. It might also contain anti-oxidants to help neutralize free radicals
0.15% - 0.25%
Consists of 95% calcium carbonate that does not have any effect on the skin. The remaining 5% can include compounds that can help neutralize free radicals and support skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.25%
A colorant that can add a pearl-like appearance to the formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A marine extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It is claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties but research is lacking
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.3%
Might have some moisturising properties. Is not effective when applied topically beyond some moisturizing effect
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Is a likely skin allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.1% - 0.2%

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