When researchers at MIT get into the skin care game, you can feel confident that it will be a step above that goop you wasted money on while watching an informercial at 3 a.m.
This “second skin” material can tighten skin, smooth out wrinkles, protect wounds and perhaps even deliver drugs to help combat skin conditions. MIT notes:
The XPL [cross-linked polymer layer] is currently delivered in a two-step process. First, polysiloxane components are applied to the skin, followed by a platinum catalyst that induces the polymer to form a strong cross-linked film that remains on the skin for up to 24 hours. This catalyst has to be added after the polymer is applied because after this step the material becomes too stiff to spread. Both layers are applied as creams or ointments, and once spread onto the skin, XPL becomes essentially invisible.
Living Proof, the manufacturing company behind the cream, plans to refine the product and bring it to market sometime in the near future.
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