Botox is actually the trade name for a substance injected into the skin which is known to inhibit muscle movement – and that can prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening.
The name ‘Botox’ actually comes from the word ‘botulous’ – which means sausage. Not so glamorous sounding now, eh?
It is called this because the substance is related to a naturally occurring poison – which can occasionally be found at dangerous levels in bad meat products.
Scarily, high levels of this poison have the ability to paralyse – and even kill.
However, while it has been described as “the most poisonous substance known”, it all comes down to purity and dose when used safely for cosmetic purposes.