New Synthetic Material Could Revolutionize Skincare
by April Maguire
We put our skin through a lot every single day. Between the constant wear and tear and exposure to the elements, it's no wonder that our skin starts to wrinkle and sag as we get older. In order to combat the physical signs of aging, most of us turn to a wide array of lotions, creams, moisturizers and treatments to help us hold on to our youth. But a new option might be right around the corner that could completely revolutionize skincare.
A team of scientists made up of researchers from MIT, Olivo Labs, Living Proof and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new skin-like material. This synthetic polymer, known as the cross-linked polymer layer or XPL, has the ability to mimic the feel, appearance and elasticity of our own skin. Once it is applied, it gives our bodies an added layer of protection, improves tightness and, perhaps in the future, it will be able to deliver drugs that can be used to treat a variety of skin disorders.
Benefits of XPL
So far the researchers have discovered a number of important uses for XPL. First and foremost, wearing the synthetic skin gives us added protection, helping to avoid normal wear and tear, but the skin retains a number of benefits even after this second skin is removed. Through a variety of tests, the team discovered that XPL helped the skin to retain more moisture than traditional lotions and creams. Also, the polymer noticeably improved overall skin elasticity. And perhaps most importantly for cosmetic applications, XPL also helped to reduce the appearance of annoying under-eye bags and wrinkles.
Creating Fake Skin
As you might expect from these amazing benefits, XPL wasn't developed overnight. In fact, the research team has been working on the project for more than ten years, and they aren't the only team trying to create fake skin. Over the years, numerous projects have tried to replicate human skin, but trying to copy its strength, texture and flexibility has proven to be incredibly difficult.
Currently, the XPL application process consists of two steps. First, the polysiloxane components are spread onto the skin in the form of a cream. Then a second layer, a platinum catalyst, is applied over the top, which causes the polymer to form. Although XPL is strong and durable, it's also nonirritating, comfortable and it's almost completely invisible to the naked eye.
While they're certainly encouraged by the results so far, the scientific team is still working on more medical and cosmetic applications for XPL. One plan involves using the polymer to administer topical medications in order to clear up skin diseases or heal damage. So even though XPL has been in development for a decade, more research will be needed in order to realize its full potential.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about healthy skin, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!
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8 Top Smoothie Ingredients for a Radiant Complexion
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Uncovering the Secret of the Japanese 4-2-4 Cleansing Technique
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New Technology Allows Restoring of Your Own Collagen and Elastin
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Important Supplements for Aging Skin
How Dermatologists Take Care of Their Skin
How Traditional Thanksgiving Foods Affects Your Skin
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Simple Life Hacks for Your Skin
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Probiotics for Great Skin
A Supermodel's Skincare Secrets
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Could Oil Cleansing Save Your Skin?
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Night Cream: The Key to Healthy Winter Skin
Beauty Brands Harnessing the Power of Superfoods
4 Ways Alcohol Damages Your Skin
How Probiotics Help Skin
4 Ways to Maintain Flawless Skin in the Dead of Winter
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The Best Diet for Terrific Hair and Skin in Winter
Is Coconut The Key to Healthier Skin?
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Six Ways to Improve Your Skin
What You Need for a Skin-Friendly Diet
Five Simple Steps to Healthier Skin
Why Vaseline is Still An Excellent Choice for Skincare
Dermaplaning Myths Debunked
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Say Goodbye to Dry Skin
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Five Top Foods for Maintaining Healthy Skin
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Five Foods with Top Beauty Benefits
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Carotenoids: The Secret to Healthy Skin
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Five Fun Ways to Get More Watermelon in Your Diet
Busting Skincare Myths
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