‘Second Skin’ Reduces Appearance of Aging
Iron out the wrinkles. Scientists at MIT have developed a silicon-based film that they say could also protect skin against dehydration and sun damage. The cross-linked polymer layer, dubbed XPL, is applied as a liquid, creating an invisible film that improves skin’s elasticity for a more youthful look — but only for 24 hours. While scientists are excited about the medical implications, saying it could protect against UV radiation or deliver drug treatments for conditions like eczema, it’s also expected to breathe new life into the beauty industry’s skin regimen.