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The Strangest Ingredient You’ll Put On Your Skin This Year

We’ve all been known to smear various amounts of goo on your face and bodies in our quest for younger, clearer, more beautiful looking skin. It seems many will go to any length to achieve skin perfection from vampire facials to wrapping your whole body in cling wrap as a miracle weight loss cure. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the latest craze comes from Snake Venom. Before you start freaking out about putting something so weird and seemingly dangerous on your face – read below to find out the facts and benefits of this awesome new skincare technology.

Attacking snake / Atheris nitschei

Why Snake Venom?

It actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it – a Snake uses its venom as a last line of defence for its prey. It immobilises its enemies with the poison, freezing their muscles. So the beauty industry created a completely safe, synthetic version to mimic this muscle freezing ability (SYN-ake). The SYN-ake works to smooth lines and wrinkles and won’t leave you expressionless like botox. The venom blocks nerve signals telling the muscles to contract which helps wrinkles stop forming. It’s the perfect anti-ageing product for those who want to steer clear of injectables.

Applying Snake Venom

As with anything that you haven’t applied to your skin before, it’s best to take it slow as to avoid adverse reactions. Use SYN-ake combined in your favourite moisturiser, thin serum or any water based skincare at a low concentration to ensure your skin won’t react poorly. If any redness, rashes or stinging occurs it’s best to stop using immediately.

Best Snake Venom Products

1. Skinstitut Moisture Defence – Oily Skin 


The Skinstitut range are known for the use of the SYN-ake in some key products. The Skinstitut range is affordable and readily available so why not give it a go! This moisturiser contains 1.5% SYN-ake as well as Kakadu Plum extract & Peptides to aid a firm, clear complexion.

2. Prime Youth SYN-ake Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Prime Youth Synake

A powerful anti-ageing wrinkle cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to unveil a softer more even complexion.

3. Skinstitut Hydrating Mask


Take the benefits of SYN-ake up a notch with a mask. Providing relief to irritated skin while nourishing and repairing damage caused by dehydration and minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Secret Key – SYN-AKE Anti Wrinkle & Whitening Ampoule 30ml


This Korean serum features intensive wrinkle care, skin elasticity improvement, brightening and moisturising. With SYN-ake, a peptide that has similar structure to snake poison, this product helps reducing skin ageing by treating both fine and deep wrinkles.

Close-up of a beautiful young woman with a perfectly clean skin

There you have it – I bet Snake Venom doesn’t sound so scary anymore!

Try it today to knock your wrinkles out of the park.



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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.