Deconstructing Snoxin

Posted on October 18th, by staff in Products, Reviews. No Comments

Deconstructing Snoxin

When we spotted this wrinkle-fighting serum available at Shoppers Drug Mart for just $39, and read its amazingly bold claims, our hype meter went up.

So we asked a leading skin care product developer – who we’ll call Mo (for privacy reasons) – for the real deal behind Snoxin, which, yes know, sounds like “toxic snot.” We’ll start by looking at Snoxin’s claims.

CLAIM #1 Targets the appearance of dynamic and static lines, wrinkles, sagginess, and textural damage better than serums sold at department stores for upwards of $500.

Mo says: There are some ingredients in this formula that have been shown in clinical studies to have some positive effects in reducing some of the signs of aging like fine lines, loss of firmness and improvement of skin texture over long-term use. Competitive products with the same peptides can be found on the market for over $100 at department stores and online.

CLAIM #2 Results can be seen in as early as three days with continued improvement.

Mo says: I don’t see any ingredients in this formulation that will reduce the signs of aging in 3 days.  However any skincare product used regularly that adds hydration to the skin will improve skin’s appearance.

CLAIM #3 Has been clinically tested to ensure the delivery system has maximum effectiveness and performs better than laser treatments and injections with significantly fewer complications.

Mo says: Two of the peptides in Snoxin claim to inhibit muscle contractions when applied topically, similar to injectable neurotoxins (like Botox), therefore stopping the contractions that lead to dynamic wrinkles (winkles caused by repeated muscle movement). There is no independent evidence that these peptides can penetrate through the dermis into the muscle where these contractions take place. Injectables and laser treatments would be much, much more effective than Snoxin in reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles and improving skin texture.

Snoxin Ingredient List

Water / Aqua / Eau, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Isohexadecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80 , Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol 


Mo says: You can tell a lot about a product’s efficacy by looking at its ingredient list, which is always listed by law on the packaging, however, manufacturers use trademarked names that often confuse the average consumer. What you need to know about Snoxin is that it uses three peptides as its star ingredients (active ingredients). Peptides are made up of a chain of natural amino acids, which are basically the building blocks of healthy skin. Snoxin contains three scientifically advanced peptides: Matrixy 3000, Syn-ake and Snap-8. 

PROS This formula is free of parabens, mineral oil and artificial fragrance.

CONS There is a lot of silicone in this formula which some people find irritating.

AND THE SKINY IS… Overall this is an O.K. anti-aging treatment. You won’t see any crazy dramatic results but may get some slight improvements over time.

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