A few months back, the lovely Sassi spilled the beans on the launch of cult beauty product and celeb staple, Glamoxy Snake Serum. Purported to mimic the effects of botox, the serum literally â€˜freezes\’ your face, temporarily immobilising facial contractions while smoothing out lines and generally giving the skin a great big plump. Sound intimidating? I thought so! The very sleek little black bottle with the quietly cool white writing promised so many things.. but could I put it on my face?
After testing so many organic, natural products, it\’s a real turn around to trial the cosmaceutical hard hitters of the beauty industry, products that continue to push the boundaries of what we thought possible in a face cream or body lotion. With that in mind, applying that first pump to my freshly cleansed face was equal parts scary and exciting. I\’m happy to report however that my face did not in fact, melt off or react violently to the high concentration of ingredients so advanced you\’d need a chemistry degree to try and understand what it is they actually do. What I did notice immediately was how smooth, almost velvety my face felt. There was a definite plumping action taking place. I watched my fine lines eagerly but didn\’t notice an immediate change apart from a slight softening around my eye crinkles.
Fast forward 6 weeks and the fear is gone but the results remain. Having never had botox, I cannot liken the effects to the procedure. What I have noticed is that smooth, velvety feeling continuing, even after washing my face in the morning. The fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes have softened but not to the extent I had thought they might. That being said, having been a religious applied of sunscreen for my 25 years, the lines themselves are incredibly fine, not exactly the target for this product. My skin is definitely brighter and plumper, especially post application and a layer beneath my make up proves to be an amazing base. I\’ve actually taken to applying it prior to going out for a brightening hit that keeps make up in place for hours on end.
Expert’s Review, Paula Begoun Cosmetic Cop has this to say about the Snake Serum:
Glamoxy Snake Serum: Claims: “This revolutionary oxygenated, viper-inspired serum contains syn-ake; aÂ neuro peptide that mimics the effects of the Temple Viper\’s potent venom to instantly lift the face, freeze muscles and plump fine lines and wrinkles.”
We had to hiss at every claim this product makes. It is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to proveÂ Glamoxy can mimic the affect of Botox. The entire notion is laughable and completely bogus. Snake venom doesn\’t work like Botox in any shape or form. First, given you are applying it with your hands,Â if Glamoxy actually worked, wouldn\’t the muscles in your hand be frozen as well? You would also likely be applying it to areas of your face you don\’t want to freeze. The star ingredients listed on this product\’s website with names such asÂ Proturon andÂ Ronasphere are trade names for sodiumÂ hyaluronate and silica, which are about as special as white bread! These are standard ingredients and completely without anyÂ Botox-like properties for skin.
Another overblown ingredient is listed asÂ FiflowÂ BTX which is supposed to carry oxygen to the skin. The actual ingredients for this are perfluorohexane, perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, perfluorodecalin, and perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, whichÂ obviously are not as impressive sounding asÂ Fiblow BTX. These substances areÂ fluorocarbons that do indeed bring oxygen to lungs in some medical situations, but the effect on skin, if any, is not known. After all, oxygen causes free-radical damage. Not to mention the EPA is considering taking these off the market. All in all, this product gives an entirely new meaning to the term “snake oil.”
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At $195 it\’s definitely a splurge.