About Atheno Anti-Aging Serum
When applied daily, Atheno Anti-Aging Serum tells us their blend of whole collagen molecules, retinoids, and peptides can help skin retain its dermal structure, thereby smoothing the look of stubborn fine lines and wrinkles.
The website tells us these ingredients also trap moisture for hydrated skin, brighten its appearance, boosts its immunity and protect it against damage caused by free radicals, improve tone, and reduce sagging. And all of this without having to worry about surgery, injections, or laser procedures.
Once you have the product in your hands, though, can you expect it to live up to these marketing claims? Give us a few minutes of your time, and we’ll quickly help you make a more informed about Atheno Anti-Aging Serum.
Common Signs of Aging & Their Causes
Proteins are large molecules that play many important roles in human biology, including maintaining the body’s structure, helping it function, and regulating all tissues and organs. When referencing skin specifically, two proteins called collagen and elastin provide structural strength and elasticity, respectively.
Over time, the levels of these proteins in skin decrease as a result of the natural aging process, as well as factors like exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, smoking cigarettes, drinking excessive alcohol, not getting enough sleep, eating a poor diet, exposure to environmental pollution, and so forth.
Once this protein loss reaches a certain level, the lack of structure and elasticity they once provided causes fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, crepe-iness, and other common signs of aging to appear.
Because most cosmetics can’t penetrate the skin, though, the only way to replace this lost protein is injecting areas with collagen to temporarily diminish surrounding fine lines and wrinkles.
What about the ingredients found in Atheno Anti-Aging Serum? Will they help address this protein loss or otherwise impact the common signs of aging?
Taking a Closer Look at Atheno Anti-Aging Serum’s Ingredients
On Atheno’s main landing page, the only thing we’re told about the ingredients it contains is that they constitute a “breakthrough formula that delivers whole collagen molecules to the skin.”
If you click on the article in the previous section, though, you'll learn that collagen molecules are too big to pass through the skin, so they simply sit on top before being scrubbed away in the shower.
Looking for additional information about Atheno, we spoke with several customer support representatives, who advised that the only two ingredients listed on the bottle were retinol and peptides.
After some digging around, we encountered a couple of affiliate websites that also listed rosemary extract, balm mint extract, palmitoyl oligopeptide, retinol palmitate (vitamin A palmitate), and glycerin.
We’ve discussed before that retinoids, which work by increasing collagen production and reversing some damage caused by sun exposure, are one of the main ingredients found in anti-aging creams that are worth the money.
Furthermore, palmitoyl oligopeptide is a catchall blend of fatty palmitic acid with several amino acids, which theoretically, [may] have skin-restoring ability.”
However, according to sites like Paula's Choice, WebMD, and Truth In Aging, there isn't enough evidence indicating ingredients like rosemary and balm mint extracts can provide meaningful anti-aging benefits for otherwise healthy skin.
How Much Does Atheno Anti-Aging Serum Cost?
If these ingredients sound like your cup of tea, the only way to place an order for Atheno’s Anti-Aging Serum is through one of the company’s landing pages, by signing up for a trial.
Here, you’ll start by paying $4.95 S&H to obtain a 30-day supply. Then, once this time has passed (which begins from the date your order is placed), you’ll be charged the full price of $89.95. From there, you’ll continue receiving a new tube of Atheno once per month and charged $89.95 each time until you call (877) 882-1820 to cancel.
Per the product’s terms, refunds are no longer available once the 14-day trial expires.
Atheno vs. Other Trial-Based Anti-Aging Serums: How to Choose?
First, it’s important to point out that Atheno uses the exact website template as dozens of other anti-aging serums the HighYa team has investigated in the past, with only the product’s name and image changed. For reference, a couple of examples chosen at random include Replenecell, LuxDerma Skin, Aviqua, and Luminis Advanced Skincare.
Like Atheno’s template, almost none of these companies reveal any of their ingredients. So, when combined with their identical marketing claims, it’s all but impossible to tell many of these trial-based anti-aging products apart. For this reason alone, we’d strongly scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist before clicking the ‘order now’ button.
During your appointment, they’ll also likely discuss whether your wrinkles are atrophic, permanent elastic, gravitational folds, or dynamic expression lines, and which procedures and treatment options might deliver the most bang for your buck (and again, whether or not this involves serums like Atheno).
Regardless of the anti-aging cream manufacturer or formulation (Atheno Serum or otherwise), after writing about hundreds of anti-aging products over the years, we recommend only doing business with companies who:
- Use their own website designs.
- Offer purchasing methods other than only through a trial. Even then, they should fully disclose all of the trial’s details openly on their website, without having to dig around for answers.
- Offer at least 30-day refund policies, even if the product is open, with reasonable S&H charges and no restocking fees.
- Come with mostly positive online customer feedback.
Does this look well for Atheno Anti-Aging Serum?
Our Final Thoughts About Atheno Anti-Aging Serum
Regardless of the current state of your fine lines and wrinkles, dermatologists emphasize that it’s easier (and much less expensive) to prevent these signs of aging from occurring in the first place, than treating them once they manifest.
This includes wearing the appropriate sunscreen to avoid the damaging effects of the sun, cleansing your face properly, and managing lifestyle factors like stress and antioxidant levels; avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, drinking plenty of water, maintaining good personal hygiene habits, and regularly moisturizing your skin.
But when it comes to Atheno Anti-Aging Serum, the fact that the product is only sold through a trial, and that customer service was only able to provide a couple of the ingredients, raises some major concerns in our mind.
Additional potential red flags include that the manufacturer does a less-than-stellar job of prominently displaying trial details on their site, the serum comes with a higher price than much of the competition, and that refunds aren’t available outside of the initial 14-day trial.
Bringing all of this together, we think it’s relevant to emphasize the importance of speaking with your dermatologist or healthcare provider face-to-face before committing to a high-priced product like Atheno Anti-Aging Serum.
I ordered the Atheno Anti-Aging cream. The website said nothing about a being charged in 14 days or it being a recurring charge. I looked up reviews that said it was a recurring charge if not canceled in 14 days.
I received the product on the 13th day, never got to use it. I tried to cancel on the 14th day only to find out I'd already been charged. I asked for my money back and was told no, I didn't cancel in 14 days. I said this is the 14th day. I was told I didn't get to make the rules. They then offered to give me a 50% refund. I said I am calling the BBB. She then said she wasn't giving me the refund if I was calling the BBB. It was extortion. The woman was hateful and refused to let me talk to a supervisor.
Do not buy this product. It doesn't matter how good it is when the company does business this way.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend