Back in our schooldays, the weirdest thing you could put on your face was beeswax—and that was just plain old Burt’s Bees lip balm. In recent years, we’ve witnessed the rise of stranger things: snail cream, mushroom masks, ginseng oil (and here we were, thinking ginseng was just for guys).
We thought we’d seen it all, really—until we came across this:
You’re looking at the Syn-ake Sheet Mask by Korean brand Baroness. As the name suggests, it’s infused with syn-ake—a Swiss-developed wrinkle treatment that apparently works like Botox. Also, syn-ake was designed to imitate the venom of a temple viper. Wait, what?
This how it works, according The Derm Review: “Since snake venom causes muscular paralysis, a synthetic derivative of the venom would work to temporarily deaden the muscles in the face to prevent the formation or deepening of wrinkles.” In other words, if you’re bent on maintaining your baby face until kingdom come and aren’t squeamish about what you put on your skin, this might be your best alternative to injections.
Syn-ake (pronounced sin-ache) first surfaced in the public consciousness back in 2011 when Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham were rumored to use it in cream form. You’ll remember that Victoria says she never smiles in photos because smiling gives her wrinkles!
Since then, luxury skincare labels like RéVive and La Prairie have put out their own syn-ake infusions to grand success. Of course, those potions come with grand price tags, too—so if you’re willing to snake up your life but not pony up the big bucks for it, Baroness’ 100-peso alternative should suit you nicely. Have we mentioned it’s on sale on BeautyMNL?
Directions: Carefully remove the mask from its envelope. Unfold it and fit it over your face, using the eye, nose, and mouth holes as markers. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Remove the mask and pat the remaining essence into your skin until it absorbs completely. Ssssssimple, right?
Celeb photos via Instagram: @victoriabeckham, @katem0ss. GIF via giphy.com.
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