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An Interview With the Simply Venom Founders

Dr. Milija Milic and Dr. Monica Lilore
August 23, 2017 Reviewed by Holly Dawsey 2 Comments

Simply Venom is a brand that harnesses the power of peptides. But as Marta said after first testing and reviewing the products many months ago, these are not your average peptide creams. Formulated by two anesthesiologists who have years of experience with muscle relaxants, these products go to work on the muscle cells to inhibit (and repair) expression lines. Now, that’s something to smile about! Keep reading to learn how Dr. Monica Lilore and Dr. Milija Milic are seeking to mimic the benefits of Botox from the comfort of your bathroom.

HD: Tell me a little about your backgrounds as anesthesiologists.

“What most people don’t know about anesthesiologists is that we are highly specialized critical care doctors with years of advanced training. We are entrusted with lives every day and take that responsibility very seriously. We have both been in practice at an academic university hospital and have over 35 years of combined medical expertise.”

HD: At what point did the light bulb go off that made you want to use this knowledge and transition to skin care?

“Our family and friends asked us to do cosmetic facial injections, so we thought to ourselves, why not? As anesthesiologists, we do procedures with big needles every day. So, we trained and became certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to perform cosmetic facial injections. But we quickly realized that these procedures are risky, have side effects and are expensive. If you love the effects, you have to repeat these costly injections every three months. On the other hand, if you don’t like the results, you are stuck with them for three months until the effects wear off. 

At that point, we decided to look for a simpler and safer topical alternative that has similar effects to the facial injections. We had been working with muscle relaxants every day, so we used our expertise with muscle relaxants to develop a skin care line that topically relaxes muscles to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin health and appearance.”

HD: Simply Venom is powered by SYNOX-MD, which is a combo of neuropeptides and a special delivery system. Why is this combination unique?

“It was important for us to use ingredients that have clinically proven results. We also wanted to formulate our creams with the highest clinically-recommended levels of active peptides and key ingredients to ensure the best results. After further researching and learning that they work at different layers in the skin, we asked ourselves how are we going to the ingredients deep into the skin layers where they are needed to work.

So, we decided to combine these ingredients with an active fermented delivery system. It actually makes the ingredients more potent and helps them penetrate the skin more efficiently. Our proprietary SYNOX-MD complex, which is a combination of the peptides and this delivery system, in combination with all of the other ingredients, helps to decrease the depth of wrinkles, supports collagen and prevent its breakdown, improves skin elasticity, firms and prevents water loss.

The creams also have antioxidants, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory properties to help improve overall skin health, as well as essential fatty acids to help delay formation of wrinkles.”

HD: How involved were you in creating the formulas? How much time did you spend researching or in the lab?

“We were incredibly hands on, spending two years in the lab developing our formulations. As critical care doctors, we were both insistent that the formulations were highly effective and precision calibrated before we shared it with our family and friends. We extensively researched our ingredients and how each would work together in order to develop the highest quality day and night creams.

Unlike most skincare lines who sprinkle a small amount of peptides into their products, we formulate with the highest clinically-recommended levels to ensure you are going to be able see significant changes to your skin.  In fact, we believe in transparency and think everyone deserves to not only know what they are putting on their skin, but how much of these ingredients are in our products, so we list the concentrations of our peptides and key ingredients on our bottles and packaging.”

HD: What’s the story behind the name Simply Venom?

“Because we wanted to provide a simpler alternative to cosmetic medical injectables “Simply” was a natural fit.  In medicine, we look to nature for inspiration for medications and medical treatments.  The muscle relaxants we use every day as anesthesiologists have similar effects to snake venom. It was this relationship between science and nature that inspired us to formulate our creams with a peptide that has muscle-relaxing properties to help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hence, the “Venom.”

HD: There are only two Simply Venom products — why did you decide to keep the line so lean?

“We started with the two products that would give the greatest results. We also knew that with the Day and Night Creams it would be easy to establish a routine and that’s the best way to see a change in your skin. There is no guesswork, so you are more likely to be consistent with use, which is key. But there is more to come!”

HD: How would you compare these products to injectables like Botox?

“The formulas mimic the muscle-relaxing effects of the injectables with consistent use. Specifically, one of the synthetic peptides used reduces the contraction frequency of muscle cells to decrease wrinkle size by over 50 percent in about a month’s time. The other actives in each product provide healthier skin over time, including a micro-algae skin-tightener, moisturizing squalane, collagen boosters, and beneficial vitamins and antioxidants to name a few.”

HD: If you had to choose only one product, which would you most recommend — the day or the night treatment?

Dr. Milic: “I would choose the Night Cream because I love the deep hydration and how my skin looks and feels in the morning.”

Dr. Lilore: “And I like the Day Cream because of its light texture. It absorbs quickly into my skin without a greasy after feel, so my makeup goes on smoothly without clumping. This week at TIA you get a free sample, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide!”

HD: What do you think is the most important thing have you learned about the skin care industry since starting Simply Venom?

“We learned that many products include just a sprinkling of active ingredients and this really does you no good.  We, on the other hand, include actives at the clinical levels to ensure maximum benefits. Women and men want to see real results or they are going to give up and move on. And what’s more, we list the percentages right on the packaging. We strongly believe you deserve to know what you are paying for.”

HD: Finally, what’s next for the company?

“We’re working on formulating new products, including an under-eye serum that helps improve the appearance of dark circles, bags and puffiness. We love to hear from our fans and customers, and have really taken into consideration what they want to see next from Simply Venom.” 

  • December 18, 2018

    by Ann

    Please ... are samples still available? I would love to try this. I have used products with SYN -AKE and saw some results, but yours sound more promising. I am a 62 year woman with pretty good skin, and just looking for products that will keep it in the best possible condition !

  • August 23, 2017

    by Marta

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. Simply Venom already has a loyal following amongst the Truth In Aging community and we are all looking forward to the new eye cream!

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