Fact: We do some weird stuff in the name of keeping our faces wrinkle-free. We inject toxins, slather on creams laden with snail slime and occasionally go under the knife to get things lifted, moved around and smoothed out.
This, however, just might be the weirdest thing we do in the name of pore less, fine line-free skin.
A new alternative to Botox has just hit the market in the UK. Dubbed Nithya, the injectable is made from a protein found in horse tendons. Poor ponies.
The new treatment is said to be safer than Botox, which is derived from toxins found in botuslism. Additionally, the new treatment doesn't freeze nerve activity in your facial muscles. Instead, it stimulates fibroblasts, the cells responsible for creating collagen. There also are no reported side effects.
Better yet, Nithya is supposed to be a longer-lasting option than good 'ol Botox, which lasts up to four months. Just how long? Try a whole year.
Surprisingly, this isn't the first time we used horses in a doctor's office. Bandages with equine cells have been used on open wounds, and are safe to use under the skin. Animal collagen has been used in medicine before, too, but this is the first time its used in cosmetic procedures.
While it's currently only available in the UK, it's only a matter of time until the injectable hits the U.S. market.