Dermal Syn-Ake High Lifting Cream Review

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My second review for Bntnews this month is the Dermal Syn-Ake High Lifting Cream. I have not tried any Syn-Ake products before, but I have seen some of their products featured by beauty gurus on Youtube. 

Syn-Ake products contain a peptide similar to that of snake venom, hence the brand name. This particular product contains a total of 5ppm of peptide. Essentially this peptide has the effect of 'tightening' your facial muscles, making your face look more lifted and youthful. Snake and bee venom products are usually referred to as 'botox alternatives' due to their wrinkle smoothing effects.

On the box it says "The Special Cream Series help promote the natural healing process, enhances skin's ability to recover, dissolves dying cells, triggers skin regeneration and repair". 

The packaging (which came a bit creased) isn't particularly attractive to me with the very literal snake skin pattern printed over a dark purple box. The text on the front is hard to read because of the background and the font choices make the product look cheap. 

All the information of the box is in Hangul except for the ingredients list pictured below.

Thankfully, the actual casing is much improved from the box! It's a screw top container that is super sturdy and moderately weighty. The purple gives the product a mature look and the typography is clear and easy to read. 

I like that the jar is shaped so that the lid fully covers the opening. There is absolutely no chance of spillage with this sort of packaging. 

The cream is very stiff and thick which is very different to majority of the products I have tried from Bntnews which are usually jelly-like and 'moistful'. I really like thick, heavy creams because I have dry skin, but that's just my personal preference. There is a really light pleasant scent to the cream that is hardly noticeable. 

You really need to massage and work the cream to your skin which I really enjoy doing, especially at night! 

I expected the cream to be heavy in moisture, but I found it to be only moderately so. I found it didn't fully absorb into my skin and leaves a layer on the surface which is a little tacky to the touch. Half an hour after the applying the cream, I can feel my skin stretch as I move my eyebrows (my personal test of a cream's moisture level lol) which means that it is not sufficiently moisturised. Hence, I do need to use another moisturiser in conjunction to this. 

As I mentioned before, the cream doesn't fully absorb into my skin and leaves a glossy and  greasy layer on my face which makes my skin look like plastic. This is strange but I kind of like it! I haven't experienced any creams that give this effect, and thankfully it works well as a makeup base. The greasiness doesn't bother me as I prefer the dewy look anyway, but as always this is not for everyone especially those with oily skin. It's hard to capture in photos, but you can (sort of) see the gleam  above on my cheekbones. I can see how this would give the effect of blurring winkles.

As always with wrinkle creams, I can't gage any effectiveness because I don't have any wrinkles. I can't say I've noticed any lifting effects either, but perhaps that takes a longer amount of time. Overall, I like this cream and will continue to use it because I enjoy the texture and 'plastic fantastic' finish. I would recommend this cream as a preventative method for those with normal skin, or as a treatment for those with mature skin. Personally, I wouldn't repurchase it because the effects were not terribly outstanding for me. 

This cream retails for around $40 on Ebay, which seems around the usual price for a venom product, but expensive for a regular moisturiser. 

*I received this product for free for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own

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