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MIT scientists develop 'second elastic skin' cream to combat your wrinkling woes

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Move over, botox and plastic surgery. A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come to the rescue of those (read: everyone) obsessed with getting younger looking skin. Crows-feet is a nightmare, and MIT's special anti-wrinkle cream aims to remedy just that.

On 9 May, a team of scientists at MIT published a study on the cream - XPL - in the journal Nature Materials. The startup Olivo Labs is now working on developing the cream for medical uses. This is how it works:

The XPL (cross-linked polymer layer) is a silicone-based polymer, involving a two-step application procedure. Step 1 involves applying a polymer base transparent cream to the affected area. This is followed by applying another layer of cream that acts as a catalyst, binding the transparent layer of polymer to the skin, providing essentially an elastic second skin.

This elixir for flawless skin is resistant to both water and rubbing and ensures that the underlying skin stays hydrated. It is, however, a temporary remedy. Research has revealed that the effects of skin-tightening start fading after a period of about 24 hours.

While the product was conceptualised essentially as an antidote to wrinkled skin, studies have revealed that the XPL could be used as a moisturiser, can provide protection against ultraviolet rays, and can also be potentially used to treat medical conditions like dermatitis.

"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," MIT associate professor Daniel Anderson said in a news release.

First published: 10 May 2016, 3:52 IST