What's in a $900 Face Cream Anyway?
Ever entertained the idea of spending half your paycheck on a moisturizer? Before you hand over your plastic, find out what makes expensive creams so pricey
The Bank-Breaker: 3 Lab Super Cream, $875 for 1.7 ouncesThe Research: It's common sense that a face cream isn't going to do much if it sits on your skin and doesn't absorb into your cells. That's why this product is all about the delivery system, which 3Lab scientists have dubbed X-50 and is basically a GPS system for your skin care.
The Ingredients: 3Lab spared no expense when it came to ingredients: They packed in all of the hottest -- and priciest -- ingredients available right now. The star is a peptide, Pantothenic Acid-Heptapeptide-Cu, which stimulates collagen and elastin production. The cream also contains rare Swiss apple stem cells (a powerful anti-ager) and Dragon's Blood extract (an anti-inflammatory).
The Packaging: The brushed-metal jar is minimalist -- especially in comparison to what's inside.
Our Take: "I just started using this one, so it's too early for significant results, but so far I'd say it's a nice light cream that leaves my skin feeling moisturized and a little more radiant. No collagen results yet, but that would be nice!" -- Beth Mayall-Traglia, Editor-in-Chief
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