Scientists create wrinkle-reducing ‘second skin’

Just call it Spanx for your face

This may sound like an anti-ageing dream, but a team of scientist from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US are proving it’s anything but thanks to the invention of a ‘second skin’ that mimics the properties of youthful skin.

When applied to the skin, the thin, breathable film made up of silicone and oxygen temporary locks in moisture and helps boost skin elasticity, resulting in smoother, firmer, less wrinkly skin.

While it's brilliant news to those that there could be an easy solution to erase wrinkles in minutes (albeit, temporarily), the protective layer could also be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis thanks to its ability to protect and hide the sores. Yes, that makes it innovative and confidence-boosting.

The anti-ageing miracle has been in development for over nine years and is still in the testing phase, but it could eventually be used to help deliver medicines to the skin and protect it from sun damage, too. Gosh, science is glorious!

If want you want to see exactly how this 'second skin' works, check out this video.

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