Face Lift To Be Over-The-Counter Soon
It may sound too good to be true, but yes, a treatment to firm up the skin can be possibly done without the need to visit a doctor for treatment. The best part is, the new product has been proven to keep the skin firm for over 16 hours.Advertisement
Recently, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new product capable of giving the skin temporary protection while it tightens and smooths out wrinkles.
Currently referred to as “second skin,” the silicone-based coating can readily be applied onto the face as cream or ointment using a two-step process. Moreover, Robert Langer, a bio-engineer at MIT who co-led the development of “second skin,” said that the moment the material hardens, it can stay on for more than 16 hours.
While the “second skin” is on, Langer noted that it is able to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted eye bags and wrinkles. At the same time, it increases “the elastic recoil of skin when it is pinched.”
Meanwhile, this new material is able to serve as a barrier, which prevents loss of water that results to dry skin. Thereby, this coating can help restore healthy skin, which would be valuable for both cosmetic and medical use.
To make developing “second skin” possible, MIT researchers had to create a library of more than 100 possible polymers that contain the chemical structure siloxane. The said polymers were then assembled into a network arrangement known as a cross-linked polymer layer (XPL). The researchers went on to test the materials in search of one that would mimic healthy skin in terms of appearance, strength and elasticity.
Researchers have also conducted several studies to record the XPL’s capabilities when it comes to skin care. And their findings are now available in the online issue of the journal Nature Materials. Right now, Living Proof has spun out the XPL technology to Olivo Laboratories for further development. The initial concentration is said to be for medical application, such as treating dermatitis.
Meanwhile, the product has been in development by Langer and other researchers. In fact, Langer’s company, Living Proof, has been marketing a “very early version” of “second skin” through dermatologists since 2014. It seems a lot of people swear by it, including Jennifer Aniston, who also invested in Living Proof.