When you first think of snakes, a lot of things probably cross your mind. Perhaps you're scared of them. Maybe you think of how deadly their bite can be or how they can hide in unlikely places such as trees or under your car. It may never cross your mind that some people out there use snake venom in their beauty routine--but they do!
In the past few years, scientists and beauty brands have been trying to find non-surgical alternatives to Botox. According to Elle Canada, Swiss company Pentapharm decided to check out the effects of synthetic snake venom, called SYN-AKE, in their skincare products. After all, the paralyzing effect of the venom could have a positive effect if applied properly. It's certainly worked for bee venom beauty products. In their study, they found that the synthetic snake venom-laced products reduced fine lines and wrinkles for women who used it regularly, making it a good anti-aging product.
As you might expect, celebrities have jumped on the snake venom bandwagon. Fergie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have been known to use these products in their routine. Whether you want to try a snake venom beauty product or you just want to see what's come of this trend, read on for 9 beauty products featuring synthetic snake venom.