Snake venom has been used for decades in beauty and medicine. Painless to the skin but triggering minor paralysis on a molecular level mimicking a snake bite so your bodies natural defences are relaxed, lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is becoming ever prevalent in anti-ageing skincare alongside bee venom which is used to plump out skin. The only issue is, it’s really not a nice ingredient, without getting too much into the preachiness of it snakes go through a lot of discomfort for our vainness which is where Synake comes in.
What is Synake?
Synake is a synthetic compound modelled on snake venom designed to work on relaxing the muscles in the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. You don’t need a degree to understand it but to get sciencey the peptide mimics a peptide called Waglerin-1 which prevents uptake of sodium in muscles which stops your nerves in your muscles reacting and keeping them relaxed, like a much less potent form of Botox this reduction in movement stops the form of fine lines and wrinkles.
How Does Syn-ake Work?
Synake is mimicked from a particular snake called the Temple Viper. The Temple Viper uses it’s venom to paralyse its prey and scientists found the cause of this to be the Waglerin-1 peptide, so by creating a chemically similar structure the synthetic version produces the same effect. Unlike Marine Collagen (which we discussed in this post) Synake is small enough to penetrate deep into the skin and get to work where they need to, however this is temporary and very targeted to the specific area. Due to the small percentage in concentration and the targeted effect there’s no need to worry about snake entering your bloodstream and causing muscle weakness overall.
Most peoples main areas of concern are the eyes and mouth. Because your face moves so much with expressions your skin is constantly expanding and relaxing, when you start to loose collagen then your skin does not snap back which is the main cause of wrinkles. Synake has a unique ability to temporarily and in a small dose relax your muscles so these expressions are not so prominent to cause these – it is not as drastic as botox though so you are not a blank stare and still have that loveable personality.
Pros and cons
Much like most anti-ageing products synake comes with pros and cons, and they’re pretty similar to most others on the market.
THE GOOD:Syn-ake may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through reducing the ability of the facial muscles to move.
Can be used on most skin types except those who are allergic to it.
THE NOT SO GOOD: It can irritate the skin, resulting in swelling, itching, and stinging.
So as we’ve discovered Synake is more of a preventative ingredient, therefore it’s really good to use for me as I’m only just starting to worry about fine lines and wrinkles. It’s not as extreme as botox so I don’t expect to have any kind of facial paralysis but I do expect to feel some form of skin tightening.
skinChemists: SC Advanced Wrinkle Killer Snake Serum 6% – 30ml
First thing I noticed before even using this product is it’s actually a pretty potent concentration. Most on the market are 1-4% which is good for sensitive skin or for anyone unsure on trialling it but this being in a higher concentration makes it worth every penny!
From the initial pump I realised this was quite a heavy serum. I’m always dubious about using heavy concentrations around my eyes as it’s such a delicate and thin area that too much product build up can actually contribute to bags and milia (small white spots). I focused application on the top of my cheekbone flowing upwards to my temple and then allowed the small amount of product left to go higher towards my eye.
I’m quite impressed with the month I’ve been using it. I find I don’t have as many deep pillow lines after sleeping and am looking forward to seeing some more results over continued use. What I find more impressive is that technology has come along enough that we can now synthesise these concoctions without the need of taking them from animals.
Have you heard of sy-nake before?
Would you try it out?
Let me know in the comments below!