Venn Skincare Age Reversing All-in-One Concentrate Review
When Venn Skincare reached out to send me their All-in-One Concentrate to review, I was a bit skeptical - especially when I saw the $185 price tag. A lot of direct-to-consumer brands are all hype and markup; I’ve been offered serums and moisturizers that break the $100+ range and have fewer “hero” ingredients than drugstore CeraVe. But after doing some research into Venn Skincare, I think that they’ve actually got a shot at their claim to “streamline an extensive multi-step formula into a single formula.”
While Venn Skincare has a few other products, the Age Reversing All-in-One Concentrate is their headliner. The full list of ingredients includes bioactives, antioxidants, and peptides.
Their key bioactive ingredient is Compound K, the metabolite from Panax Ginseng. One study suggests that Compound K can prevent melanogenesis and improve hyperpigmentation. Another study suggests that topical applications can improve generation of hyaluronic acid in skin. Because wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and other signs of age result from loss of moisture, this is where the “age reversing” claim comes from.
While ginseng is a common ingredient in Asian skincare products, the isolated Compound K form is much rarer because it is naturally hydrophobic. Venn Skincare claims that they’ve patented a new method to make the ingredient water soluble, and therefore more readily available for use by the skin.
Antioxidants and Peptides
The antioxidant ingredients include green tea extract, skullcap root, and Pycnogel pine bark extract. Antioxidants firm and soothe skin and fight environmental damage.
There’s also a long list of peptides, which are also claimed to reverse signs of aging through enhanced collagen production. Compared to vitamin C, retinol, and AHAs, peptides are the hot new ingredient on the block and their research is still in early days. Studies related to peptides tend to be performed in lab settings or on animals, rather than people.
The concentrate has a thicker serum-verging-on-gel-cream texture. It’s clear and does not have any distinct smell. I use this after cleansing and acid; It layers well, despite being a product designed to not need layering ;) The lack of acids in this complex is actually pretty useful, as I can still mix in my favorite glycolic or lactic acid product and still feel like I have a full routine.
My report on its efficacy is going to be a bit light. My face does feels hydrated and smooth in the morning, but I don’t have wrinkles yet (knock on wood). I’m not sure how to evaluate prevention, so maybe I’ll have to check in in a few years.
A 50mL bottle is available on their website for $185. I tried to do a quick search for another isolated Compound K product and found the Sulwhasoo concentrates line, which retails for around $82-$240 depending on whether it’s a toner or cream.
If the price point is out of your range, Manyo Factory has less sophisticated ginseng formulations at the $30 mark.
I enjoyed using this and was impressed by the ingredients. It feels like a lot of thought and intentionality was put into the formulation. If you’re a Korean luxury skincare afficionado and are already using prestige brands like Sulwhasoo, Venn Skincare is an interesting next step to try.
I received this product free to test.