The 3Lab skin care company has received quite a bit of attention over the last few years, and has even been featured in magazines like Allure, Lucky and Vanity Fair. Founded in 2003 by David and Erica Chung, this brand has grown quite a bit, and now sells its products in several countries, including Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada. To help consumers achieve healthy skin, 3Lab offers a comprehensive skin care line that includes face moisturizers, cleansers, sun screens, anti aging product, and even formulations based on ginseng. However, because some of the products in this line can be a bit expensive, the consumer is advised to carefully research these items before purchase. Obtaining samples from discovery shopping websites, reading 3Lab reviews, and working with a skin expert can go a long way in preventing waste in your skin care budget, and more importantly, inadvertent side effects.
3Lab was founded by David and Erica Chung in New Jersey. David emigrated from Korea as a child, in the 1970s. Growing up, he worked in his mother’s local store, in New York City. It’s during this time that he was first exposed to selling skin care products, an experience that is believed to have helped form his interest in skin care and merchandising.
Eventually, he married his wife Erica and together they founded 3Lab, a skin care company that prides itself on a scientific approach to formulations. According to the company, a lot of the skin care formulations are developed in its own labs, with a high focus on quality ingredients and scientific proof of efficacy.
The company’s official slogan is “Beauty + Science = 3Lab.” It is important to note that only two items are being added in this equation, so we’re not 100% sure why the “3” in 3Lab. However, we think that perhaps the goal here was to step above simple arithmetic and maybe suggest that the merging of these two concepts provides a result that’s greater than the sum of its parts, a la 1+1=3.
The company offers many skin care products that can be used for a variety of skin types. In this way, 3Lab can be an effective brand for building a full skin care kit, because the consumer will likely find products for most skin care concerns.
One of the items offered by 3Lab is the Super H Serum. The “H” refers to Sodium Hyaluronate, which is a version of hyaluronic acid. This acid is highly effective for moisturizing the skin, because it can attract and hold many times its weight in moisture, thus hydrating the skin and plumping it up to reduce wrinkles.
Another 3Lab product is the Perfect Neck Cream. This cream is formulated with ingredients like Nano-Claire GY, which is a bio-engineered growth hormone that may be able to stimulate the growth of healthy skin; Ovaliss, to reduce the appearance of submental fat; and Lumiskin, a proprietary chemical blend that is meant to reduce production of melanin and the associated dark spots on the skin.
One of the most expensive creams in the 3Lab line is the WW Cream, at a price of $465 for just two ounces. Needless to say, the high price tag means this cream is meant for a very small segment of the population. However, 3Lab claims the WW cream can achieve wonders for the skin that are in line with the effects you may see from professional skin care treatments.
Some of the ingredients in the WW Cream include Phytocell Tec, which is a compound based on stem cells of rare Swiss apples; peptides, to promote growth of collagen and the associated reduction of wrinkles; and Lumiskin, to reduce hyperpigmentation.
Lastly, there are several BB creams included in this line. The 3Lab Aqua BB comes in a clamshell container, and is applied to the skin with a special sponge. The other is the Perfect BB cream, which comes in a tube and can be easily applied in the morning, as part of a daily skin care routine.
The reviews for 3Lab products will inevitably vary quite a bit, depending on the specific item being considered. For example, although a large portion of the reviews are quite positive, some consumers have complained that the effects are not worth the price. Such reviews will undoubtedly be affected by the economic capabilities of the consumer – with those on a tighter budget expecting a lot more from the products.
Further, it’s important to keep in mind that the high price of many products in this line means that there are less 3Lab reviews online than for cheaper brands. Thus, the consumer may find it difficult to find meaningful feedback from consumers with similar skin type.
Where to Buy 3Lab Products
The products in the 3Lab line can be obtained through the company website, and retailers like Barneys New York and Nordstrom, and a variety of online retail platforms.