Would you purchase a second skin that could hide your imperfections and wrinkles? Since civilisation began, people have been on a mission to attain younger looking skin – and now you can actually have a new skin.
From miracle creams and bizarre treatments to injectables, people are on an endless quest to discover the secret to eternal youth. Scientists frequently come up with revolutionary ideas, periodically claiming they have uncovered the path to permanent beauty – but alas, each time we are left disappointed and a tad disheartened at the concept of a wrinkle-free future. Regardless, this does not stop us from raising our hopes and our hands with glee each time a new product is unveiled. This time is no different.
Scientists from MIT, Living Proof, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Olivo Labs joined forces to create a second skin, called ‘XPL’ in the form of an invisible yet breathable and wearable polymer, that when worn, mimics younger looking skin. Furthermore, the creators claim that it can actually tighten the skin, reduce dryness, and may improve the skin’s elasticity!
The process of applying this new skin layering to your face involves, firstly applying a silicone polymer cream, followed by painting on a ‘platinum catalyst’. This activates the polymer to create a durable film – which will hide away your real skin for approximately 24 hours. With this in mind, it probably would not be wise to wear the XPL and head off for a romantic weekend away with your new date (unless you intend on scaring him senseless).
On the upside, this breakthrough potentially can pave the way for many benefits. Daniel Anderson, who is an associate professor in MIT’s department of chemical engineering stated that: “It’s an invisible barrier that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and deliver a drug locally to the area that is being treated.”
Dr Langer from MIT noted that in of the 200 people tested, no one had experienced an allergic reaction.
Apparently this product will be available in the near future. Hopefully, they will soon have some second skin to fit the rest of the body.