Say buh-bye to wrinkles and under-eye bags! Picture this…applying a thin invisible film onto your skin to remove signs of aging. Sound too good to be true? According to nytimes.com, “Scientists at Harvard and M.I.T. have discovered that it is not fantasy at all. Reporting on Monday in the journal Nature Materials on pilot studies with 170 subjects, the researchers said a “second skin” composed of commonly used chemicals deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration can accomplish that — and in small studies of it, so far no one has reported irritation or allergic reactions.”
So what’s the science behind this miracle film, you ask? “First, a polymer, a clear liquid, is applied. Its chains are not very strong, though, so the next step is applying a product that links them together. By modifying the chemistry of the chains, the researchers can alter the properties of the second skin, depending on how it will be used, making it more or less permeable, for example. A more permeable second skin might be used for undereye bags while a less permeable one might hold a medication in place. It can be removed with a solution that dissolves the polymer.”
We all know that skin loses its elasticity as we age. This is a great way to restore that elasticity. The challenge to this new technology is putting it on. According to Dr. Robert Langer, a biomedical engineer who is a professor at M.I.T., “We were looking for safety, spreadability, adherence, and the right kind of mechanical and optical properties.”
Cosmetic Chemist, Ron Robinson states, “Second skin seems like an interesting product but it would need to be formulated to be easy to use and remove in order to make it a good experience for consumers”.
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