About Skinology Cream

Skinology claims to be a scientifically formulated snake venom peptide cream that can hydrate, firm, brighten, and rejuvenate your skin, while also increasing elasticity, lightening dark spots, and diminishing “most signs of aging.”

In order to accomplish this, Skinology Cream is claimed to contain natural ingredients such as:

Natural ingredients or not, can you really expect Skinology Cream to help you look “several years younger,” or will it just take several hundred dollars of your hard-earned money? Consider the following:

The Rise of Trial-Based Anti-Aging Products

While we’ll get to all the dirty details in a moment, it’s important to note here that hundreds of trial-based anti-aging products like Skinology have appeared over the past few months, which is something we wrote about extensively in our Exposing the Widespread Scam of Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials article.

While we’ll let you read about the situation at your leisure, suffice it to say that any time you encounter one of these products, alarm bells should start going off in your mind.

Is Skinology’s Ingredients Effective for Anti-Aging?

Like human stem cells act as precursors for different parts of the human body, plant stem cells act as precursors for different parts of their anatomy. And for plants that provide real-world human benefits, such as high levels of antioxidants, deriving serums from their stem cells might “make them more powerful,” or at least in theory.

This is because there appears to be insufficient clinical evidence showing that any of Skinology Cream’s ingredients (whether derived from stem cells or not) can provide any of the benefits claimed by the manufacturer.

Granted, fruit acids are often used to treat a range of dermatological conditions, such as acne, dry skin, and more, although we’re not informed what concentration of fruit acid Skinology contains, or whether or not this is enough to provide any benefits.

Finally, “peptides” is such a broad term that it tells us almost nothing about what Skinology Cream contains, so this information doesn’t provide any insight into the product’s effectiveness.

What is Syn-Ake?

Interestingly, although Skinology brands itself as a “Snake Venom Peptide Cream” (Syn-Ake), the manufacturer doesn’t list this ingredient anywhere on the website.

However, Syn-Ake is a proprietary formulation created by Pentapharm Ltd that’s claimed to mimic “the effects of a peptide that is known as Waglerin 1, which is a component of the venom found in the Temple Viper, a poisonous snake native to southeast Asia.” In other words, Syn-Ake relaxes your facial muscles similar to Botox, so that the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is decreased.

According to the manufacturer, Syn-Ake was proven to be effective through a 28-day trial, although there isn’t any third-party clinical evidence to back up these findings.

Skinology’s Arbitration Agreement

Finally, keep in mind that by placing a Skinology Cream order, you’ll be bound to an arbitration agreement. In short, this means your legal actions against the manufacturer will be severely limited, including becoming part of a trial by jury or a class action lawsuit.

What Skinology’s Customers Aren’t Saying

As a trial-based anti-aging product, Skinology is marketed almost wholly through a group of independent affiliates who earn commissions for every sale of the product they refer. As such, they create fake review sites that are intended to make you think you’re reading a legitimate review, when they’re really just more hype.

With this said, we’ve reviewed dozens of the most popular anti-aging products here at HighYa, including AbsoluteDerma, Rejuval Skin, and Revival Beauty Serum. And among 160 HighYa reader reviews for these (as of 5/7/15), they had an average rating of 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work, high prices, and difficulty cancelling trials/autoship programs (more about this in the Pricing section).

And in our opinion, you’ll probably experience much of the same with Skinology.

From a company perspective, this cream is manufactured by Skinology Syn-Ake based out of San Diego, CA, although they’re not listed with the Better Business Bureau and no additional information if available about them elsewhere online.

Skinology Pricing & Refund Policy

Skinology Cream is only available through a 14-day trial for $4.99 S&H, for which you’ll receive a full 30-day supply of the cream.

Then, once your trial expires, you’ll be charged $92.93 for the full price of the product and will also be enrolled in the company’s autoship program. This means you’ll continue receiving a new bottle of Skinology Cream once per month, and will be charged $92.93 plus $4.99 S&H each time.

Important note: As we’ve said many times, it’s our opinion that products sold only through free trials and autoship programs should generally be avoided, so proceed with caution.

Finally, keep in mind that according to Skinology’s Terms & Conditions, “We will not provide any refunds or accept any returns for any cancellations made more than 15 days after placing Your order.”

With this said, in order to cancel your trial or your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 877-673-1233.

Can Skinology Cream Help You Look “Years Younger?”

Chopping to the point: As you probably already guessed, based on the lack of clinical evidence showing Skinology works as advertised, the company’s underhanded marketing tactics, the product’s high price, and the fact that it’s only sold through a free trial, it’s our opinion based on personal experience that Skinology Cream may resemble what consumers may end up calling a scam.

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69 Customer Reviews for Skinology Cream

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Cancelling issues

    I purchased the trial knowing the risks. I had been sucked into another scam years before. I was so tired of seeing the ads for Dr Oz our biggest snake oil salesman for so long my curiosity got the best of me. I read the add carefully. NO MENTION of a continued contact for $92 + $4.99 shipping. Wow! People who pay $5 for skin cream can't afford $100 a month for something I see no effect after 3 days.

    So I called them. I talked to a woman whose. accent was so thick I to repeated ask her to slow down. I had sneaky idea that I was calling the United States even though it says Utah on the bottle. Oh well, that's common. I kept trying to cancel. She kept telling me my trial wasn't over. She says, “How do you know now if you don't want it?” I reply, “I know now. Cancel me.” She replied, “Just for you I will lengthen your trial dates, so you have until (this new date) to call and cancel.” I'm assuming she was hoping I would forget. I said, “No, cancel me now!” The line went dead. "Shit" I said.

    I called back again and got another woman with the same accent but I could understand her better. This time I got her first and last name and made her repeat several times that they would not attempt to send future product to my house. I told her that I've contacted my bank to make sure no attempts would be made by their company and to alert me if they try.

    The key thing here for anyone is the date you cancel. They start counting the day you order, not the day you receive it, so if you want to try the product, cancel the day you get it. Last time I didn't know I was getting on a monthly drop ship. I was angry when money was taken directly out of my account. At the very last, when that happens you are stuck paying for one full price bottle. I'm sure everyone cancels at that point. They don't care. They make $92 from each person they scam.

    I didn't buy Skinology cream but I think it is probably all the same product and the money scam is the same. I will do half my face for 30 days and then post my picture. I will come back and post a link to my blog if you want to see. I'm 62. I have enough lines on my face to be a good candidate.

    Bottom line: be happy with who you are and be glad you lived long enough to have wrinkles. A lot of people don't.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    This is a scam.

    • Wisconsin,
    • Feb 23, 2016

    My mother just past away and yesterday this package came in the mail. My heart sank because she is notorious for buying into crap like this and, sure enough, they not only told me I couldn't return it but tried selling ME on the product right after I said my mother just died. I told them to cancel any orders going forward and if we receive anything else from them, they will be sued.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Nuvolexa and aluris

    I would not have even given this company a one star rating, if I could. Sorry.

    I got the sample, and then asked for them not send me anything else, and to not charge my credit card anymore. I talked with a lady named Peter, who told me that she would not charge my card, or send me anything else.

    One month later, I got two items charged to my credit card. I called got Peter again, and she out right lied like crazy, telling me that I gave her permission. OMG, I am not used to dealing with outright liars. I told her to send me a check, and I closed my credit card, because I didn't realize who was taking money out of my account. This was just shady, and I had two different company names listed on my bank statement. She only wants to credit me a part of the order. Well, if the order ever comes, I'm refusing it, and going to try to find out what I can do to stop these people. And the lady needs to learn English as well. Total SCAM.

    And they did not mention this was a snake venom trial, how sneaky and low. I am really upset, and someone needs to fire Peter.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Total scam

    • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Feb 10, 2016

    I only gave this product a one star rating, because that's the lowest you can rate, since you can't rate ZERO. Like everyone else, I was scammed out of over $400, which was actually more than most because I didn't check my Visa statement for a few weeks. I was charged on the 29th of December, then again on the 10th of January, over $200 each time. I tried calling them, they don't answer. I emailed them, they don't answer. And I even texted them as well, but they don't answer. I finally did talk to someone, and they said it was their policy not to return money, and to continue to take money every month. She told me to call back in 2 hours and talk to her supervisor, which I did, and now all my calls are mysterious dropped. I finally had to cancel my credit card.

    It is a total scam. The woman on the phone told me they only take cancellation over the phone, and send no emails to confirm. So in reality, because you can't prove that you canceled over the phone, they will just continue to charge you.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • A total scam.

    • New York, NY,
    • Feb 8, 2016

    Don't put your credit card information in. The companies that sell this product are scam artists they just keep charging your card even after you cancel. Had to go to bank and cancel card so the madness would stop!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Scam

    Placed the order for this "trial" cream for 14 days. Canceled within 14 days. Through text and emails. I received another bill for $92 and AGAIN another charge for $20 after the cancelation. I called to dispute it, there was no manager available to speak to. After arguing this for 30 minutes and getting nowhere, they offered 50 percent. I took it, but will dispute with my bank. There is no corporate number to complain to. Do not buy! Save yourself the stress, anger and money. By the way, the cream is crap, doesn't do what it says. I'd give negative stars if I could.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Scam

    • Malden, MO,
    • Feb 7, 2016

    Based on my experience, I think this company is a scam. Please don't order from them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    It's a scam

    • Feb 1, 2016

    I did a trial and did not see any changes. I was then charged $101.29 to my credit card. Not worth it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Total scam

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Jan 30, 2016

    I had the same experience as every other post here. I have disputed the charge on the credit card. I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau. They have scam reviews from last year representing another product called AuraLix. Total rip-off!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I would like to sue them

    I would like to be part of a lawsuit against these snake-oil salesmen. At this point it's more than about the $24 they stole from me, after a full refund! It's more of a moral issue. It's too much money from too many people. They need to go down.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Skinology cream

    • Langley, BC, Canada,
    • Jan 26, 2016

    Stay away from these guys. They are a scam. Once you order they hook you for another big bill if you do not cancel within a short period of time. Which you never knew you had to do in the first place. I am talking over $100 Canadian. When you call them, no matter what you say, even a 'Supervisor' won't cancel the extra billing 'order' that you never ordered. Apparently somewhere in the agreement there is some hidden information that if you don't read it, which no one does, let's them scam you. You believe you are getting a trial product for a small fee, when in reality you will be billed lots of money for that trial product because you did not cancel within that special stated short period of time. Horrible customer service. Stay away from these scammers.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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