Venox Anti-Aging Serum is a “cosmeceutical” from Beverly Hills MD that touts synthetic snake venom as one of its chief ingredients. They tout this fake venom acts in a similar way that real venom (or Botox) does, relaxing the muscles in face; however they promise their venom won’t kill you, only make your skin look younger.
How Venox Anti-Aging Serum Works
Beverly Hills MD Venox’s main ingredients are listed as Palmitoyl Peptides, Ginkgo Biloba, and Aloe Leaf Extract, but the one that gives Venox its “bite” is SYN-AKE, a synthetic version of a polypeptide found in Temple Viper venom and developed by Pentapharm LTD.
If you were bitten by an actual Temper Viper (and not treated) you would likely become paralyzed and die. However, they say if you instead place Beverly Hills MD Venox (with SYN-AKE) directly on your skin, it will mimic the paralysis part, meaning it will relax the skin thereby eliminating wrinkles.
We found only one study of Syn-Ake, run by Pentapharm that claimed to show up to 52% forehead wrinkle reduction after 28 days of use. (“Up to” can also be interpreted as “no more than.”)
Beverly Hills MD Venox Anti-Aging Serum Cost:
$149 per bottle if you buy 1, but they give a 10 or 15% discount if you buy 2 or 3 ($268.20, $379.95). All include free shipping.
Venox Anti-Aging Serum comes with a full refund as long as you return it within 60 days. However, the fine print reveals this is 60 days from the date it is shipped, not when you receive it.
Bottom Line: Is Venox Anti-Aging Serum a Scam?
Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour, the MDs behind Venox Anti-Aging Serum and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group appear to be highly regarded by at least a section of their clientele that dare write up a Yelp review extolling their virtues. They are very personable and regularly appear on television.
Venox Anti-Aging Serum is their “flagship” (aka the “most expensive”) product on the Beverly Hills MD site. We couldn’t find any unbiased reviews, but instead found a lot of fake affiliate websites (like this) who are hoping to make a commission off sales. They also serve to take up search engine listing spaces, forcing out real review sites (like us!)
We’d also like to mention that we’re not big fans of the term “cosmeceuticals” (meaning some kind of hybrid of a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical medicine) and neither is the FDA. The American Academy of Dermatology also states that cosmeceuticals are not rigorously tested and may exaggerate their claims.
And while fake snake venom may be all the rage, Dr. Amar Khan of the Harley Street Medical Clinic in London noted that the effects aren’t going to be as dramatic as a Botox injection and must be constantly re-applied as the body breaks it down very quickly.
Consumer Reports recently did their own investigation into so-called wrinkle serums, testing 9 different brands with 79 participants. While they didn’t mention the specific names of the products they tested, they concluded that results were slight at best, no matter the price of the serum or ingredients.
Will Beverly Hills MD Venox buck the trend and actually get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? It will cost you at least $149 to find out.
And please let us know below!