Kung Hei Fat Choy!

On February 10 2013, many are going to celebrate Chinese New Year – saying goodbye to the year of the dragon and welcoming the arrival of the year of the snake.

Those Born in the Year of the Snake:

Smart, calculating and achievers,  those born in the year of the snake are often loners but with a great understanding of themselves and their surroundings.

Often wise and cool, they are clever with money, can zero in on what they want and are alluring with a certain frisson of danger.

Read more about the year of the snake.

As with all the Chinese zodiac signs, there will be much talk of the animal of the year.

Here at Look Glam Box we will be looking at snake’s venom as a beauty ingredient; and as we are leaving the year of the dragon behind, we also want to touch on something new and not so well known as a beauty ingredient : Dragon’s Blood.


Snake Venom



Rodial Glamoxy Snake SerumSnake venom has been around for a few years now and seems to be the poison of choice for Americans (the Europeans tend to go for bee venom).

But is it really the actually venom we find spitting out from deadly vipers?

No – it’s  just a synthetic version of Snake Serum that claims to have the same effect as botox (another deadly venom if there ever was one) only this won’t paralyze your face to the extend no one will know if you are happy or sad or both.

Four years ago, the scientists at Swiss-based pharmaceutical brand Pentapharm developed SYN-AKE, a topical synthetic tripeptide that mimics the protein in venom responsible for inhibiting neuromuscular activity.

They reasoned that if  the venom of a snake could paralyze its victim, it can also have the same sort of effect on crow’s feet and wrinkles. Sure enough, when SYN-AKE is applied to the skin, it relaxes the “frowning and grimacing” muscles that lead to deep wrinkles.

Gwyneth Paltrow who is well known for being anti botox and anti surgery is a keen user of this reptilian spit and has been seen coming out of beauty salons in LA who specializes in this treatment.


Dragon’s Blood

Rodial Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel

Yes it’s new and no it’s not actually from anything horrible like the Komodo Dragon (whose bite can kill you from the bacteria found in its mouth, never mind the bite).

It’s the red sap from the rare Dragon Blood trees found only in Yemen. It’s effects has been claimed to rival that of a mini face lift and Restylane injections with Lady Gaga being a big fan.

When your face looks deflated, saggy, hollow or just plain tired from age, stress and environment damage , a good application of Dragon’s Blood will soon remedy that.

Rodial has come out with a Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel that is already gracing the bathroom shelves of many Hollywood’s  ‘A’ listers.


This is the description on their website:


Rodial dragon’s blood sculpting gel is an innovative anti-ageing formula that helps to volumise and define facial contours.

Dragon’s Blood works by forming a unique second skin-like film around the face which effectively protects, reduces redness and firms for a smoother, plumper more youthful looking complexion.



Dragon’s Blood Tree from Yemen


So with a new Chinese year of the snake upon us, will you go for a a good bit of snake venom or will you go for the dragon’s blood to make you look oh so ssssssssexy?

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