MIT researchers develop second skin that makes you look younger

MIT Second Skin

Everyone wants to maintain their youthful appearance till eternity, but that isn’t possible, is it? It is indeed possible if we are to believe what scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed. Even though their invention is only a temporary fix to having youthful skin sans any wrinkles, sagging or marks. With almost 10 years into the research of this magic material, the researchers have finally created cross-linked polymer layer (XPL) which is almost invisible and comfortable to wear.

After creating more than 100 possible polymers having a chemical structure called siloxane, the researchers finally arrived on the one they wanted to replicate skin’s own properties like elasticity and strength. Even better, XPL has 250 percent elasticity which is more than human skin having 180 percent stretch levels. The new material has superior properties to previously developed skin like bandage with embedded electronics invented by a separate set of MIT researchers.

Putting XPL on your skin is easy, as you firstly apply polysiloxane and then platinum catalyst which stays on the skin for up to 24 hours. Both these materials are mixed in a cream/ointment base and after application they become invisible. Researchers were glad to see the result of XPL’s effectiveness in human tests which all went good.
The material didn’t cause any irritation to skin and the effects lasted for 24 hours. Human subjects even reported good moisture retention in their skin as compared to treatment with a high-end moisturizer. XPL concealed wrinkles, bags under the eyes and made the skin look firm.

Thahn Nga Tran, a dermatologist and instructor at Harvard Medical School who was not involved in this study concluded:

I think it has great potential for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic applications, especially if you could incorporate antimicrobial agents or medications.

Rox Anderson, a medical researcher with the research team at Massachusetts General Hospital said;

For eczema or sun protection, as examples, this second skin platform [could] serve as a reservoir for trans-dermal drug delivery or SPF ingredients.

Source: MIT/Nature



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