Zelens 3t Complex

Zelens is one of my favorite skincare brands. It does what it says and delivers consistently. It took me a while to love the 3t Complex, but once I did the love runs deep. This has become one of my top three face creams. Details per Zelens:

A luxurious anti-aging cream developed by Dr. Marko Lens to help minimise the visible signs of aging. Contains a unique 3t (triterpenoid) complex enriched with 15 precious botanical extracts, 5 marine algae and 7 herbal oils.

Deeply hydrating, this advanced moisturiser promotes firmness and elasticity and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Leaves skin smoother, plumper and younger-looking.


  • Promotes firmness and elasticity
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Leaves skin hydrated and younger-looking

Dr Marko Lens develops a unique plant-derived triterpenoid regenerative complex called “3t Complex” containing a plant-derived ursolic acid (triterpenoid), active molecules extracted from 15 precious plants, 5 sea algae and 7 herbal oils.

Active Ingredients

Ursolic acid A triterpenoid, naturally occurring molecule synthesised in plants. Ursolic acid demonstrates multiple activities: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, inhibition of collagen degradation (by inhibiting the expression of MMP9), stimulation of collagen synthesis, recovery of epidermal barrier function, increase of ceramide content in the skin and stimulation of proliferation of epidermal cells called keratinocytes. Clinical results showed that ursolic acid effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps promote skin firmness and elasticity.

Regenerative This proprietary complex contains active molecules extracted from 15 plants with regenerative properties: Ginkgo, Ginseng root, Witch hazel. Acerola, Grape vine, Horse-Chestnut, Papaya fruit, Apple fruit, Winter cherry fruit, Mimosa, Lichwort, Rock fennel, Immortelle flower, Lemon balm leaf and Olive leaf. You can read more about these important botanicals in the Zelens Garden.

Algae complex A proprietary complex composed of 5 algae: Nori red algae, Dulse red algae, Gozo brown algae, Thongweed brown algae and Seaweed. You can read more about these important algae in the Zelens Garden.

Herbal oils A blend of 7 oils: Borage Seed Oil, Hazel Seed Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil. Wheat Germ Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil.

Other Ingredients

Rice powder Used since the 16th century by Japanese Geishas to improve their skin appearance and achieve flawlessly silky, porcelain complexions. Rice powder has excellent emollient properties that help to maintain soft, smooth and supple skin. When applied to the skin, it absorbs excess oil and minimises the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes.

Commiphora mukul (Guggul) Commiphora mukul is a tree that produces a resin known as Bdellium. An active ingredient extracted from this resin increases lipid storage in cells and thus helps to plump the skin and maintain its tonicity.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) An antioxidant with a key role in the protection of cellular membranes from damaging free radicals. Vitamin E is the major antioxidant in the epidermis with strong protective effects.

Hyaluronic acid An important natural component of skin. Zelens uses a low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid with unique moisturising properties. Hyaluronic acid boosts skin moisture, promotes skin elasticity and fills in wrinkles to help reduce their appearance.

Pearl powder Containing 16 essential amino-acids, proteins and polysaccharides, this pearl powder helps maintain high moisture levels while promoting skin smoothness and radiance.


I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to tell you about this cream. It’s been a favorite of mine for some time (like two years). It’s light enough to be used on summer nights or winter days without breaking me out or feeling too heavy nor greasy. It’s also hydrating enough to keep my skin fully moisturized all night and into the next morning. There’s just something about it that manages to erase my forehead wrinkles and plump my skin overnight. It’s got a lighter cream texture and is nothing heavy. The scent is light and a typical Zelens scent. Zelens is normally scented with a light floral spa kind of scent. It’s usually very light and not bothersome. This normally comes packaged in a glass jar. I just happened to have a ton of mini deluxe sizes so I haven’t bought a full size jar yet. I’ve gone through enough minis to have used about a jar and a half by now.

I have a feeling the key ingredient and main reason why I love this so much is the ursolic acid. Ursolic acid is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. It’s found naturally in a variety of fruit and plants. Ursolic acid has been shown to prevent the development of cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase, inflammatory enzymes that aggravate the skin. Ursolic acid has been thought to form a barrier on the skin much like a waxy coating on a piece of fruit. Ursolic acid has been used to treat photoaged skin, because it inhibits the appearance of wrinkles and age spots by restoring the skins collagen bundle structures and elasticity. Ursolic acid inhibits the action of elastase enzyme in the skin, thereby preventing the enzyme from attacking structural proteins per naringen.net. It’s even been shown to have some inhibition effects on tumor production in the skin.

The texture of this cream is perfect. It can be used day or night during many seasons, which can’t be said for all creams. It has visible results, even overnight for me, which is remarkable. Caroline Hirons loves it for good reason. It’s well worth the price tag. I will for sure be looking into other products that contain ursolic acid (I’m actually playing with a serum oil by OUMERE that has the same key ingredient and it’s also fabulous). This is in my top three night creams. It’s desert island good if you only could have one cream. 3t Complex actually makes you feel like you could skip a serum because it does it all. It’s most definitely a hero product for me.



Aqua (Water), Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Chlorphenesin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Disodium EDTA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, O-Cymen-5-OL, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Caramel, Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Sorbic Acid, Ursolic Acid, Himanthalia Elongata Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Linalool, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chesnut) Bark Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, Physalis Alkekengi Fruit Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Tocopherol.

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