The Secret Botox Alternative No One Knows About

According to a report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than six million Americans received Botox or a Botox-like injection in 2014. In case that number doesn’t quite blow your mind, here’s one that will: that’s a 748% increase from the number of people who did it in 2000. Clearly, we’re willing to roll with the punches and go beyond our standard at-home skincare routine in the quest for wrinkle-less skin—but what if we didn’t have to? What if there was an ingredient that mimicked the effects of Botox that you could use at home, while you’re catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones?

Enter: cone snail venom, the secret Botox alternative you haven’t heard of (yet). Also called snail venom conopeptide or MU-conotoxin, this synthetic ingredient mimics the effects of cone snail venom and relaxes facial muscles for an instant line-smoothing effect. Intrigued? We spoke with Jules Zecchino, former head of Research & Development at Estée Lauder and founder of new skincare brand Erasa, to find out all the details.

Keep scrolling to learn about this game-changing wrinkle-fighter!