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Innarah VenoDefense Treatment Creme Review

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innarah venodefense treatment creme
July 16, 2014 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 8 Comments
TRU Rating
An exceptionally hydrating yet light-textured cream that's a bit lacking in anti-aging benefits


Skin feels really soft and hydrated


Is quite costly

by Emily

Last winter was a miserable one, and my skin was certainly showing it. Feeling drawn and wrinkly, I agreed to test the Innarah VenoDefense Treatment Crème. And I found it to be a nice, exceptionally hydrating yet light-textured cream that was well-suited for the prolonged cold weather. For reference, I'm in my 50s.

The Hydrating Treatment Crème is packaged in a simple black glass jar and recommended for both morning and evening use. I did use it typically twice a day for just about a month. First and foremost, I loved the texture — seldom have I tried a cream that’s so moisturizing but so very light. The texture is lovely, and (another plus) it has no scent. It leaves no residue at all and works just fine under makeup. Waking up in the morning, I noticed that my skin felt really soft and hydrated.

Innarah is one of those lines that claims a scientific foundation along with abundant benefits (“…The first ever skin care formulation to work in cooperation with your skin's immune system. Created with a unique Fermentation Process, INNARAH® repairs and rejuvenates skin from the inside out”) without explaining too much. The site mentions the founder, Manzoor H. Jaffrey, a pharmaceutical chemist with 40 years experience in skincare. The products do seem to feature natural botanicals, oils and minerals. While the site lists “key ingredients” for each product, it doesn’t provide the full ingredient list, which is printed on the packaging. I find that when a product line makes very scientific claims, I really want a clearer explanation. The proprietary VenoDefense™, which the site says mimics snake venom and is a key anti-ager, is listed on the packaging as: Dipeptide, Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate Polysorbate, Snakeroot-Echinacea Angustifolia.

But in fairness, the long ingredients list is also full of many very nice botanicals and oils, from basil leaf to acacia seed oil. I did note elk antler velvet, which I remember first hearing of when Marta mentioned it in her early review of the Avitalin products (and couldn’t seem to find much of a rationale for it). Sea buckthorn oil reminded me of the Tilvee Age-Defying Cream (one of the world’s great bargains). Plant stem cells and algae all sound good, too.

My final verdict isn’t really an endorsement, though. I definitely like the Innarah cream and the condition it left my skin in. It reminded me of a lighter version of an old favorite, the Sen Zen Infinity cream, and had the nice, light, but hydrating properties of some of the Avitalin creams. Perhaps it was the packaging (the little black jars are very similar), but I thought a comparison might be the terrific BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream Complex ($195). Innarah may be as nourishing, but I didn’t really feel it had the same firming and brightening — i.e., anti-aging — effect. And Innarah’s Treatment Crème is a dramatic $300, a pretty substantial premium.

So, ultimately, I think I’d stick with some of those other, equally terrific and far less costly options. But if you’re feeling flush, and you are looking for a very moisturizing, ungreasy cream, give the Innarah Treatment Crème a try.

  • November 17, 2014

    by Annette

    Out comes my INNARAH VenoDefense in the dry fall and winter months when my skin needs extra hydration. I like this product, giving it 4 instead of 5 stars due to price, although I think it's worth it. The non-greasy, creamy formula glides on and a little goes a long way for me. (Sometimes products cost less so you think they are a good deal, but you end up having to use a lot more to get the same results.) Thankfully, VenoDefense does not make my skin feel "heavy" or oily, or look shiny, and it helps calm the redness in my skin. VenoDefense provides a nice matte finish and immediately with application, it feels like a light barrier has been created on my skin. I typically use VenoDefense at night, cleansing first, followed by INNARAH Treatment Solution and then VenoDefense. Love waking up with non-oily, super smooth, soft, firmer skin. Most noteworthy, out of all the products I've used to date (an extensive list), it is the only one that diminishes my "nose crinkles" (fine lines on the upper bridge and sides of my nost that are accentuated when I smile) for more than a few hours. Any good hydration product will diminish them for a short period of time when gently massaged into the skin. With VenoDefense, this effect lasts longer for me and I absoltely love this. "Nose crinkles" are my test for a wrinkle/hydration product.... what effect does it have on my nose crinkles and for how long? VenoDefense is an all-star in this area for me.

  • November 12, 2014

    by Christina @ TIA

    Anne - The correct image is now showing on the Daily Moisture Crème. Thanks for letting us know!

  • November 12, 2014

    by Anne

    EDIT TO ADD - Giving the VenoDefense Treatment Creme a 4 1/2 star rating (Would've been 5, if it didn't contain Lactic Acid)

  • November 12, 2014

    by Anne

    For me, the plusses of this moisturizer-creme are the ingredients. . No petrolatum, no mineral oil, no glycerine, no olive oil, no parabens, no aloe, no shea butter, no lavender, no linalool, no cocoa butter, no bee's wax, no dimethicone, no get the picture. ...I'm very picky.

    I've *experimented* with a slew of different moisturizers -drug store variety to those from high end brand names.

    Then, for some time now, I began looking for a phospholipid base moisturizer.

    Yes, the price is *awesome*, but this creme has become an awesome Holy Grail moisturizer for me. (non-greasy, no shine, sinks in, not drying, skin plumper, maintains my facial + neck skin integrity and tone, skin *feels* and *looks* strong)

    But, would I like to see the price drop? Absolutely!!! (fingers crossed)

    My major complaint is that the formulator included lactic acid.. As a sun-lover, I'm not sure my sunscreen is sufficient to counter the effects of the lactic acid content of this creme. (IMHO I would love to have the mfr remove this troublesome *sun-sensitivity* ingredient.)

    (Just a note - you've got the wrong picture showing for the VenoDefense Daily Moisturizer on your site - I don't plan on using that creme. Was just reading your reviews on products in the Innarah line)

  • October 27, 2014

    by Marta

    Now that I have finished my testers, I have changed my view. This is a very, very good moisturizer. That's what it is. I would highly recommend it to anyone with dry and dull skin. I am even seriously considering forking out for the replacement.

  • August 14, 2014

    by Marta

    So far I am not wowed by this (and I am completely blown away by the other INNARAH products I have tried, the Treatment Serum and Daily Solution). It is a good moisturizer, but for the price I want additional anti-aging benefits and haven't seen them so far. I'll keep at though, as I have a few week's worth left. On the other hand, I am two weeks in to testing the eye serum and the early signs are good. I'll be back with an update!

  • August 14, 2014

    by Annette Brooks

    I loved the INNARAH Treatment Solution so much I took the plunge and invested in several INNARAH products. I've been using VenoDefense along with INNARAH's cleanser, treatment solution, line smoothing serum, and I also use a couple of their eye treatments. I love how VenoDefense hydrates. I put it on in the evening and when I wake up, my skin is super soft, feels well-hydrated but not oily, the tone is more even, with less redness, and my pores look way better. I always enjoy products with a lighter feel, and although VenoDefense feels slightly heavy to me when first applied, the results after it absorbs are great. I only use it about 3 times a week. I could never use it twice a day. My facial skin is normal - not dry, and I suffer from a hint of rosacea. I liked how VenoDefense reduces redness - a real plus for me. I didn't expect it to firm my skin though. Hydrate, yes, which can plump up the skin and help it feel firmer, but real firming action - I had no expectation of this reading INNARAH's product description.

    I find that lighter products work best for me. Haven't tried the BRAD product Emily mentioned in her review, but I did try one BRAD product and for me, it was OK but there was no "wow!" factor. I agree that $300/jar for VenoDefense is pricey. At the same time, for me, a little goes a long way. I guess if you have really dry skin, there might be more effective products that have a better price point?

  • July 20, 2014

    by Marta

    I found myself with two small tester pots of this and have been trying it out. It is a lovely cream. It is too soon to pass judgement and I am not sure if I have enough to anyway. But if I do, I'll come back and leave a comment. The hurdle is high given the price.

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