Second Skin Could Hide Wrinkles

Posted: May 10 2016, 7:37am CDT | by , Updated: May 10 2016, 8:01am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Second Skin Could Hide Wrinkles and Deliver Drugs
“It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated. Those three things together could really make it ideal for use in humans,” Daniel Anderson says. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT
  • Material that is like Second Skin could Hide Wrinkles and Deliver Drugs

A material has been invented that is exactly like a second skin. It could apparently hide wrinkles and pimples and also deliver drugs.

The experts at MIT have made a sort of second skin that can prevent any injury to the real skin of patients. Also it can be used to make the skin appear years younger and deliver drugs to the individual.

Eczema and many other problems for which we have to go to a dermatologist will be eliminated thanks to this second skin. It is basically a thin silicon veneer that is coated on top of the skin of the subjects. This wondrous material imitates the properties of real human skin. 

Not only did it remove any signs of eye bags underneath the eyes but it also led to a hydration effect. It even gave the best protection from the UV rays of the sun.

The second skin is virtually invisible in nature. As a rampart of sorts, it has a cosmetic function and it also can be employed for drug delivery functions. These features all make this engineered second skin a modern day miracle of science and technology.  

Especially in human beings, it could be used to better their circumstances. An online periodical, Nature Material, listed the study into the matter. Everybody knows that skin ages with time and is liable to the wear and tear of everyday life. It loses its elasticity and toughness.

“It has to have the right optical properties, otherwise it won’t look good, and it has to have the right mechanical properties, otherwise it won’t have the right strength and it won’t perform correctly,” Robert Langer says. Photo Credit: Olivo Labs

The sun in particular has a very bad effect on the skin. The project began exactly a decade ago. Today it has proven to be a fruitful venture. We all want healthy glowing skin and with this second skin we may ust have gotten our wish fulfilled. 

The material that was used to make this second skin has polymers among its ingredients. The fact that it can hardly be seen and is super-comfortable for the individual it is applied to speaks volumes about its efficacy.

The optical properties of this second skin were also carefully titrated so as to yield the best sample that could look good from the design perspective. The material returns to its original state even after being stretched 250%.

Natural skin on the contrary does not stretch beyond the 180% expansion limit. Creating such a material that mimics ordinary human skin was a labor of love that took longer than usual. Yet today it is a reality and it will have many applications in the future.  

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