Wouldn’t it be nice if you could swap faces with a young Brad Pitt after a weekend bender
In the future, however, you might be able to temporarily wipe away fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to a new “second skin,” created by researchers from Harvard and M.I.T., that protects and tightens your problem areas.
This material is made mostly from silicone that “mimic[s] the appearance, strength, and elasticity of healthy skin,” the researchers explain in a report published Monday in the journal Nature Materials.
“It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated,” study author Daniel Anderson said in a press release.
About 10 years ago, the research team set out to create a product capable of restoring properties of healthy skin, like elasticity and firmness, that erode with age as it becomes more susceptible to extreme temperatures, toxins, radiation, and injury. Enter “second skin,” or its technical name: cross-linked polymer layer (XPL).
The protective coating can be applied to your face just like any topical cream and, with further development, might be used to administer drugs to treat skin conditions like eczema. What’s more, it looks and feels invisible.
In one human study, researchers applied the “second skin” under participants’ eyes where “bags” usually form as skin ages. The polymer acted as a sort of compression, tightening the skin and reducing puffiness for about 24 hours.
In another study, researchers tested the “second skin’s” ability to retain moisture. After 24 hours, the coated skin lost much less water than skin treated with a high-end commercial moisturizer. No skin irritation was reported, either.
The “Second skin” isn’t available for purchase as of yet. So in the meantime, you can check out our facial workout to get a muscular jawline.