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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 in the shop). 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.