Scientists from MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs partnered on a project to develop a new silicone-based “second skin” material that is applied as a thin, clear coating and can temporarily tighten and protect the skin. The material uses a cross-linked polymer layer, or XPL, and could have both medical and cosmetic applications as it is further developed.
As skin ages, it becomes less firm and less elastic — problems that can be exacerbated by sun exposure. This impairs skin’s ability to protect against extreme temperatures, toxins, microorganisms, radiation, and injury. About 10 years ago, the research team set out to develop a protective coating that could restore the properties of healthy skin, for both medical and cosmetic applications.
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