Although I am an avid fan of Innarah and have incorporated the Line Smoothing Treatment Serum and the Daily Solution into my regular regimen, I was not prepared to like Innarah VenoDefense Eye Treatment Sèrum Hydrating Eye Treatment Sèrum ($150). I am fussy about eye serums and not an enthusiast for peptides that relax muscles to inhibit expression lines. But after nearly seven weeks, Innarah has won me over to its eye serum. It is certainly hydrating and line smoothing.
The consistency of VenoDefense Eye Treatment is that of a light lotion. It is very easy to apply, absorbs readily and a little goes a long way. I have been using it all around the eye area including under eyes, periorbital, lids and brow bone. My under eye area looks brighter and nicely moisturized. Fine lines are being kept at bay and morning puffiness is kept in check.
VenoDefense is described by Innarah as a complex that mimics snake venom. This is in fact the peptide Dipeptide Diaminobutyryl Benzylamide Diacetate Polysorbate. This is known as Syn-ake and it doesn’t actually paralyze the muscle, but only includes the component that relaxes them, known as Waglerin 1. It does claim to fight against expression lines, preventing future wrinkles by temporarily debilitating the muscle, and it is supposed to work better than the other expression line inhibiting peptide, Argireline.
The most exciting ingredient in Innarah’s eye serum is snow algae. This is a kind of alga that grows in snow in temperatures below 10 degrees celsius. Snow algae seems to have a complicated life cycle and secretes a mucilage that helps the algae stick together and avoid being swept away by snow melt and may also prevent UV damage. Actually, researchers have discovered that snow algae becomes antioxidant when exposed to sunlight. Snow algae are rich in carotenoids, the same compounds that give color to carrots and tomatoes. Scientists are studying them in earnest to see if these icy algae can prevent certain cancers.
Other key ingredients are straight from Innarah’s playlist, including elk antler velvet, apple stem cells and pentapeptide-3. The most interesting and unusual is apolactoferrin. This is a pack mule protein that transports iron, copper and zinc to the cells. It is present in human milk and important for the immune system. Apolactoferrin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In addition, it inhibits skin infections. Among the botanical extracts, I was intrigued to find that magnolia bark extract is an anti-inflammatory that is supposed to reduce skin redness. Magnolia bark contains two anti-inflammatory substances, magnolol and honokiol, which reportedly inhibit the activation of NF-KB, a key mediator in both inflammatory and aging processes (source).
The brightening factor in Innarah’s eye serum is provided by alpine rose, a source of arbutin, which works by inhibiting the body’s oxidation of tyrosine, the culprit behind melanin production.