There is no shortage of products and treatments that claim to deliver smoother, younger looking skin. A new report published in the Journal of Nature Materials shows that there may actually be a product that can at least temporarily reduce the signs of aging.
According to the report, researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a product that both treats and coats the skin. The resulting film acts as a temporary second skin that is invisible and easy to apply. The lotion is a polymer made from chemicals that have been determined safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including silicon.
Researchers tested the film in a study group of 170 participants who applied the polymer with their fingerprints in two steps. It takes only a minute to dry and can be removed with a special solution—or left to fall off on its own in a few days.
The polymer lotion minimizes the effects of wrinkles on the forehead and under the eyes, and it can have other potential uses in dermatology as well, including protecting dry and patchy skin to reduce psoriasis and eczema.More research is needed to see how this film can help to protect skin, reduce aging effects, and even assist with delivering drugs to the skin in the future.