Pick Your Poison: Syn-ake vs. Botox
In America, it all started with Sonya Dakar’s UltraLuxe-9, an emollient cream packed with Syn-ake, a synthetic protein that is a replica of the venom produced by the temple viper, which allegedly can have similar line-smoothing effects to Botox. The waiting lists soon followed among Dakar’s A-list clients, which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, and one Sir Ben Kingsley, and rumors of a botulism-toxin alternative spread, along with competing products stateside. Meanwhile, across the pond, Planet Skincare was making similar waves, utilizing the same face-freezing ingredient and turning in record sales at Selfridges in its first week on the shelves, benefiting from the promise of a youth-enhancing wonder cream. This month, the two-piece line hits our shores, and while the Syn-ake vs. Botox debate still rages on—can a topical formulation penetrate deeply enough to effectively inhibit muscle contraction, or are all of these creams just really good moisturizers, which can also help soften wrinkles—Planet Skincare hopes to offer a point of difference in the market with a unique formula that boasts powerful antioxidants as well as retinoic acid to speed up cell renewal. Plus, it smells like roses and apparently only takes 28 days to start working. Intrigued? Click here for more information.