Syn-Ake - Snake venom

June 1, 2016

Nature gives us all these wonderful and interesting flowers, insects and reptiles. So I say make use of them, all of them! I have used a lot of bee venom products but I must admit I am a beginner to snake venom. Yes, it does sound horrendous and especially with my fear of snakes. But before you rush out to your nearest jungle, read on...


Syn-Ake is a topical anti-aging treatment that was developed by the Swedish company Pentapharm Ltd., and is marketed as an alternative to Botox injections that are formulated to get rid of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging. This ingredient, which is used in several products designed to fight aging, is a synthetic form of snake venom. When poisonous snakes attack, they paralyze their prey by injecting them with a toxin through hollow fangs.

Syn-Ake is designed to work much like Botox, which reduces muscular contractions in the face and reduces cell movement; thereby keeping the skin smooth. The concept behind Syn-Ake is that since snake venom causes muscular paralysis, a synthetic derivative of the venom would work to temporarily deaden the muscles in the face to prevent the formation or deepening of wrinkles.



Most products featuring Syn-Ake are serums, although there are some skincare lines that feature moisturizing creams , emulsions, and face masks that contain the compound. Studies have shown there to be no harmful side effects of usage, and in one study, forehead wrinkles were shown to have improved by 52% over the course of 28 days.

One of the best sellers in South Korea at the moment  is Power 10 Formula Syn-Ake by It's Skin.

It is a highly concentrated ampoule serum that will improve facial expression wrinkles that are difficult to smooth out.  


And since no actual venom is extracted from the snakes, they are all unharmed and safe!


Right, since it has not stopped raining the last couple of days I think it is time in my next post to write about snail slime. My garden is full of them at the moment. Nearly every Korean skincare brand has a snail line of products, which contain high percentages of snail mucus. This skincare trend has already been huge for years in South Korea, and it shows no sign of slowing down. 


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