Fountain of Youth Found With ‘Second Skin?'

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A "second skin" that instantly erases wrinkles with application sounds like science fiction, but  scientists atFountain of Youth Found With ‘Second Skin?'MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof and Olivo Labs have made it a reality.

The team developed a new material—called “second skin”—that can temporarily tightens, protects and smoothes skin. With further development, the material could help deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions, such as eczema, according to www.​MITNews.​edu.

“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,” said Daniel Anderson, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). “Those three things together could really make it ideal for use in human.

How "Second Skin" Works
The two-step process begins with a clear cream or ointment placed on the skin which contains a silicone-based polymer. The second step is adding the catalyst cream or ointment which causes a cross-linking reaction that lasts 24 hours. It makes an adherent layer on top of your skin, and it’s soft, but yet mechanically strong and invisible. The “second skin” is resistant to washing and rubbing.

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