This Anti-Aging Skin Cream Is Cream Made Of Synthetic “Skin”

It's a slightly creepy sounding cream that looks like it might be revolutionary

May 09, 2016 at 3:38 PM ET

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, necessary to protect your delicate innards from harmful germs. But, skin is much more than that. It holds scars from past traumas, shows if you had a good night’s sleep, flushes when you’re embarrassed—and, as much as you might try to fight it, it shows your age.

Now scientists might have created the first real, if temporary, fix for bags and wrinkles, according to a study published today in Nature Materials. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. Even with the expensive cosmetics and treatments offered today, we can’t get it back. So, researchers created a thin film of cross linked polymers called XPL to be worn as a “second skin” which sits on top of a person’s skin to restore the appearance of tight, elastic tissue. Applied in two steps (first users apply the polymer as a clear gel, then a cream-like catalyst), the film is known to be safe, doesn’t interfere with the skin’s natural processes, and is resistant to washing. When the researchers tested it on the under-eye bags in 12 human subjects, they saw the bags shrink dramatically.

The researchers plan to conduct further tests on XPL not only for cosmetic uses, but also to help with drug delivery, help heal wounds and as a new kind of sunscreen.

Check out this video from MIT for more details.