Uncommon Wrinkle Riddance

The packaging of Skin Cubed's Professional Age-Defying Formula looks a bit like a tiny alien space pod at first glance. But you'll forget all about the presentation when you glance at its list of ingredients, which reads like a who's-who of non-invasive wrinkle relaxers: Matrixyl 3000, Argireline, GABA, DMAE, collagen, alpha lipoic acid-serious VIPs. There are even appearances by antioxidant celebrities green tea and vitamin C.

However, even though its jar and its collection of powerhouse players make the Age-Defying Formula pretty special, what makes it especially unusual is the presence of an ingredient we simply don't see every day: Syn-ake. It's known to inhibit the muscle contractions that deepen wrinkles, much like snake venom inhibits muscle contractions. That's because this branded compound was specifically developed to mimic a polypeptide found in the venom of the temple viper. It may sound a little scary, but you'll see it's anything but when you notice what it does for your face and neck in conjunction with its co-ingredients.