Scientists create smooth elastic “Second Skin”

Jan 04, 2017, 1:40 AM EST
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A team of scientists at M.I.T., Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs has created a silicone-based polymer that replicates the mechanical and elastic properties of healthy, youthful skin. The development opens up new possibilities for medical processes related to localized drug delivery and cosmetic improvements.

The new material, applied as a thin imperceptible layer on the skin, enhances skin hydration and can be adapted to function as protective barrier against ultra-violet radiation, writes SciTech Daily. The coating fabricated from cross-linked polymer layer (X.P.L.), is invisible, flexible and comfortable, and can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles.

Daniel Anderson, an Associate Professor at M.I.T.'s Department of Chemical Engineering, said that the new material offers the right solution to problems of skin aging and its tendency to lose elasticity and firmness over time, reports iTech Post.

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