Say goodbye to eye bags and arm wrinkles: An invisible elastic film, developed by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, could be headed to a makeup shelf near you.
The second skin coating, which has been tested on the eye bags and wrinkled arms and legs of a handful of volunteers, is composed of commonly used chemicals deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration, reports the New York Times. So far, no one has reported allergic reactions and the results look pretty impressive.
The film is applied and when dried forms an elastic transparent layer that clings to the skin and seamlessly tightens wrinkles, the scientists claim. They say that when applied under one's lower eyelids, the film is able to reshape "eye bags." The product also may be beneficial in the treatment of skin ailments like eczema and other types of dermatitis while also protecting against the sun.
“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,” said Daniel Anderson, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, in a news release.
The formula contains a chemical structure called siloxane (silicon and oxygen) and a platinum catalyst that causes the siloxane to interlock with each other to form a thin, elastic sheet, according to Nature World News.
Wrinkle solutions have been around for centuries with one problem: Many of them are just no match for gravity. But that hasn't stopped us from trying them. It's been estimated that the anti-aging market will be worth $192 billion globally by 2019.