Transform Snake Skin into Smooth Skin

Super Smooth Skin Sourced from the Unexpected

The Scoop on Snake Venom and Tips To Preserve Youthful Skin. Find out how to transform snakey skin to smooth without the use of injections!

With almost two months of winter behind us and about six weeks left to go, your skin probably feels dry, dull and desperate. We know that dry skin magnifies the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – so right about now you may be feeling frustrated when looking closely into the mirror. But lines caused by facial expressions are always visible, no matter the season.

We use about 60 facial muscles while communicating, both through speech and through facial expressions. Laughing, frowning, and lifting our eyebrows are just a few complexion-crinklers. There are numerous factors that can contribute to our skin’s aging: skin creases against the pillow during sleep, stress hormones send messages to the facial muscles directing them to contract, sun exposure, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles are just a few sources of skin aging.

Transforming our lifestyle would indeed be helpful not only for our skin, but for our sanity. In addition to making positive lifestyle changes, what else can be done to transform snakey skin to smooth without the use of injections? Ironically, the answer can be found in synthetic snake venom…


When poisonous snakes attack, they paralyze their prey by injecting them with a toxin through hollow fangs. Syn-ake, a compound developed by Swiss pharmaceutical company Pentapharm, was created to mimic a protein found in the venom of the temple viper with its strong muscle relaxing effect. According to Pentapharm, the ingredient works as a neuromuscular block, preventing sodium ion uptake in the muscle and keeping it in a relaxed state.

SYN®-AKE, which has won the well reputed and highly coveted Swiss Technology Award in 2006, can help smoothen expression lines and relax facial muscles. SYN®-AKE‘s activity is much less intense compared to Waglerin 1 (snake venom), and has been thoroughly tested as a safe, effective, and painless alternative to controversially discussed muscle relaxing anti-aging treatments like botulinum toxin in Botox injectable filler.


In a 28-day trial, Pentapharm measured the smoothing effect of a Syn-ake-infused anti aging cream compared with a placebo where 67% of the participants using the cream reported a decrease in muscle contraction, and wrinkle size was reduced by 52%

"I wanted to develop a Botox alternative for my clients who complained of side effects or wanted to avoid the injections all together," says Sonya Dakar who incorporated Syn-ake into her age-control cream. The idea might seem bizarre. But because of its ‘Botox-like effect,’ the venom is increasingly gaining acceptance.


Nothing defines your age more than your skin. A few gray hairs can easily be colored with hair dye, but once your skin has begun to show the signs of age it can be very difficult to make it look young again. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it is very important to keep it as healthy as your heart, lungs and liver. Skin protects us from the extremes of our environment and from pollutants in the air around us. Fortunately the same things that will keep your skin healthy will also keep it younger looking.

  1. Wear an SPF of 30 year round.
  2. Wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV ray protection.
  3. Nourish your skin with an anti aging cream. As you apply your facial moisturizer, take some time to work it gently into your skin with light massaging strokes.
  4. Humidifiers can help replenish moisture in the air to minimize the depletion of moisture from your skin through evaporation.
  5. Drink herbal teas that contain antioxidants.
  6. Get plenty of sleep. Research shows that skin regenerates itself between the hours of 10pm and 3am.
  7. Try to avoid high levels of stress by incorporating activities such as meditation, yoga, and walking into your routine.
  8. Healthy eating is vital to skin regeneration. Choose foods that are fresh and not processed and drink plenty of water.