Botox versus snake venom – which one would you choose?
Well, if you’re trying to save a few bucks, snake venom may be your best bet.
A new cream is being marketed as a budget alternative to Botox that claims to smooth wrinkles using the synthetic form of the poison produced by Asian temple viper snakes, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
For a little more than $8.00, you can buy a tube of Lacura Wrinkle Stop, which contains a compound called Syn-Ake.
The compound mimics the snake's paralyzing venom and promises to block the nerve signals which cause facial muscles to contract.
After four weeks of applying the cream twice-daily, laboratory tests showed a reduction of wrinkles by 52 percent.