Want a younger skin you can simply smooth onto your face? It’s just been invented.
New “Second Skin” Zaps Wrinkles
REJUVENATES AGING SKIN
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a silicon-based gel that forms a transparent, flexible film, or “second skin,” that allows your skin to breathe while temporarily restoring its youthful elastic properties. Each application lasts for a day or more, dramatically reducing the facial sags, bags, and wrinkles that accompany our Medicare years.
In addition to its cosmetic possibilities, the “second skin” also promises to ease medical treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and other serious skin conditions—initially by giving damaged skin a protective layer, but eventually by adding slow-release meds, as well.
METHOD BEHIND THE MAGIC
The research team started with silicon-based polymers (siloxanes) considered safe and regularly used in cosmetics. They then varied numerous components, testing hundreds of different formulations. The result is a platform that allows changes in the film’s thickness, breathability, flexibility, and durability, enabling the targeting of different cosmetic and medical uses.
TWO-STEP APPLICATION PROCESS
1. Rub the siloxane gel on the skin.
2. Add a second gel containing a platinum catalyst, causing the cross-linking groups to bind to each other and form a continuous protective film, or “second skin.”
Although pilot studies have been very successful, there is probably not enough data as yet to submit to the FDA for marketing approval. We can expect more news about “second skin” later this year.
For more information:
• nytimes.com - second skin
• sciencemag.org - second skin could zap wrinkles and ease eczema
• nature.com - pilot study on second skin