‘Second skin’ could help solve ageing woes

11 May 2016

‘Second skin’ could help solve ageing woes

A team of scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an invisible elastic film that they’re dubbing a ‘second skin’ – and it could be the answer to all of our ageing problems.

The film has been designed to be applied to the skin to hide line and wrinkles. It dries upon application, and “mimics the properties of youthful skin”.

The film has been tested on a group of volunteers who were asked to apply it to their legs, forearms and under-eye bags.

So how does it help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles? According to the scientists, the film ‘locks in moisture and helps boost skin elasticity’.

With age, skin loses its elasticity and can start to sag. To prove the ability of the film, they ran a series of tests including the recoil test – where skin is pinched and let go to see how long it takes to return to its original position.

The results showed that the skin of those who had applied the film was more elastic, as well as appearing firmer, smoother and less wrinkled.

It is hoped that in the future, this ‘second skin’ could be used as an effective means of delivering sun protection and medicine to the skin.

It’s also been touted as a possible alternative to some Cosmetic Surgery procedures such as Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal), with Dr Tamara Griffiths of the British Association of Dermatologists explaining: “The results appear to be comparable to surgery, without the associated risks. Further research is needed, but this is a novel and very promising approach to a common problem. I will follow its development with interest.”

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