Syn-Ake mimics snake venom to soften fine lines and wrinkles. Is it hope or hype? Photo: clix/sxc.hu.

How about a synthetic version? Some fancy-shmancy skin care companies are marketing an ingredient called Syn-Ake, which mimics the paralyzing effects of snake venom, to relax wrinkles. Sound familiar? Botox does the same thing, just under the skin.

And while Syn-Ake's results are temporary, that doesn't stop companies from charging close to $200 for just 1 oz. of the topical cream.

Now there's a new player in the snake pit, Kumaara, who sells its 1 oz. Overnight Repair Complex with Syn-Ake for just $59.95.

It's still a bit on the pricey side, but if you're a needle-phobe who fears Botox (and its $350 price tag), yet isn't afraid of snakes, this just might be your product.


It looks innocent enough next to the orchid, but Kumaara Overnight Repair Complex is loaded with powerful ingredients. Photo courtesy of Kumaara.

Even though the results are temporary, in theory, if a wrinkle loses its "memory" for holding shape it will get less and less noticeable over time. (And that's nothing to hiss at!)

Leave a comment telling us if you'd use the synthetic snake venom to save face.