Imagine if all it took to smooth wrinkles and deflate eye bags was applying a layer of “youthful skin” on your face. That may soon be a possibility, and nope, we’re not talking about a skin transplant.
A team from MIT and Harvard, along with Living Proof and Olivo Labs, have developed what they call “second skin”—an invisible film that once applied to wrinkles or eye bags can make aged skin look more youthful. Bob Langer, who led the research and development of this product—currently called XPL—tells The Guardian, “What we’ve been able to do is create a cream that you can put on the skin and then when it’s on the skin it can actually form essentially an elastic second skin.”
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According to a study published today by Nature Materials, the product is made with silicone and oxygen molecules and is completely invisible and allows real skin to move and breathe. According to The New York Times, all the chemicals used to compose the “second skin” are common cosmetic ingredients that the FDA has deemed safe. It is applied using a two-step process: First, a clear cream that contains a polymer followed by a second cream that causes the polymers to form into a soft, skin-like structure. Particles in the second cream help diffuse light and give skin a youthful appearance. The product is designed to be applied in the morning and peeled off at night.