Isn’t it a jaw-dropping invention?
Scientists find new thin and invisible artificial skin to smooth the bags, sags and wrinkles on the human body. Researchers at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof and Olivo Labs have developed this material that can temporarily wrap the wrinkles brought by age. Many cosmetic companies promise to reduce skin ageing, but researchers made it real with this invention.
The thin artificial film is called XPL (short for cross-linked polymer layer) is applied in a simple two-step process and the results observed are astonishing. The first invisible cream to be applied in the process is made up of polysiloxane components and the other cream is a platinum catalyst, which makes the polymers of the first to connect. Then an intense film is formed which can withstand washing and other wear and tear, for up to 24 hours. The XLP material, in addition, reduces the loss of moisture. The consumers who are getting on in years will be the most excited ones with the benefits of the cream and would take a few years off.
“This has huge potential,” says Suzanne Kilmer, a dermatologist at the University of California, Davis. Kilmer notes that people with eczema and other skin conditions often wrap their skin with bulky bandages or even clear plastic wrap to ensure that their medication doesn’t wipe off. “Instead of patients having to wear all that stuff, they could use this invisible film,” she says.
MIT’s artificial skin can be stretched more than 250 percent whereas natural human skin can be stretched about 180 percent. Like natural skin, the artificial skin can also be returned to its original state without sagging or any kind of damage, though it is elongated.
In the course of time, Human skin also loses its ability to stretch back which eventually results in unwanted effects like the bags under the eyes. The researcher’s tests revealed that the application of the XLP film compress the loose skin or bags under the affected eyes and it also gives a young experience to human.
The first combo sold by Living Proof was criticised for being sold for a too high price ($500 for a 7-week supply) and for peeling off within 5 hours after application.
As for the MIT and Harvard scientists who did the research, all the associated companies have equity stakes in this project. And according to the MIT News,this would also be used to deliver drugs to help treat the skin condition such as eczema and other types of dermatitis.