Is “Second Skin” the Anti-Aging Treatment of the Future?
Although it may at first sound like something out of a science fiction novel, the new “second skin” material is far from fiction. Researchers have announced that this synthetic material offers innovative and exciting possibilities for skin care treatments in the future. Right now, studies are focused on incorporating the second skin material into medical treatments for conditions like eczema and dermatitis. But they also suggest that this new technology will likely have a place in cosmetic skin care as well.
What Is Second Skin?
Second skin is a silicone-based polymer material that very closely matches the natural properties of healthy, young skin. Applied as a clear liquid, it becomes invisible on the skin. This invisible material could provide a barrier to protect skin from UV rays and harmful pollutants, help deliver medicine to a targeted area of the skin, or provide cosmetic improvements in the skin’s appearance.
But what makes this material so unique? According to researchers, the trickiest part about creating an invisible layer of synthetic skin is formulating the material to feel, act, and look like natural skin. Additionally, it’s essential that this polymer not irritate or otherwise harm the underlying skin. It also has to work with agents such as sun blocks or medicines. While there’s still some experimenting left to be done, experts say that this is by far the closest that anyone has ever come to achieving the perfect second skin. (The New York Times, The Journal of Nature Materials)
Implications for Anti-Aging Uses
Studies have already shown that this second skin polymer could be an effective cosmetic solution for undereye bags. It can smooth and firm the skin, creating an even tone and more alert appearance. In addition, second skin has shown promising possibilities of being able to keep the skin hydrated and improving elasticity, two key factors in achieving smooth, younger-looking skin.
While there’s still research to be done, scientists say that the implications for uses of second skin could be endless. From wrinkle reduction to eczema treatment, this really could be the skin care ingredient of the future. (The Journal of Nature Materials)
Current Proven Anti-Aging Skin Treatments
Second skin certainly seems promising, and experts are currently working to improve and perfect the technology. But before you can dive into what might be the next big thing in skin care, know that there are plenty of proven, tried-and-true anti-aging methods currently available to you. Here are just three of the top treatments out there:
- Injectables: Injectable treatments like Botox and Juvederm have a long history of being used to fight and even prevent lines and wrinkles. Not to mention, Juvederm can also add a boost of volume to the cheeks and lips, creating a softer, younger-looking appearance.
- Microdermabrasion: When dull, tired-looking skin is a concern, microdermabrasion can be a great nonsurgical option to help restore a bright, glowing appearance. By using tiny abrasive crystals, microdermabrasion can sweep away the dead skin cells, dirt, and other pollutants that have built up over time on your skin, revealing the fresh, smooth layer underneath.
- Forever Young BBL: For those with sun damage, age spots, and even lines and wrinkles that are preventing them from looking and feeling their best, Forever Young BBL treatment could be your best bet. Using high-powered, yet safe, pulses of broadband light, Forever Young BBL is able to target problem areas of your skin and eliminate discoloration and other common signs of skin damage and aging.
The Bottom Line
Medical technology continues to advance, and cosmetic treatments that improve the appearance of skin benefit from such progress. Dermatologists use both science and technology to help men and women all across the country feel greater self-confidence and ability to take on life’s challenges. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford, we take great pride in being able to provide our clients with the latest technology in our state-of-the-art facilities.
We’re also dedicated to offering an educational and relaxing experience. Our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ana Busquets, Dr. Susannah McClain and physician assistants Christopher Foti and Zakery Koban, are all well equipped to offer professional advice addressing any of your skin care needs. If you’d like to set up an appointment with Dr. Busquets or another member of our team of experienced professionals, please contact us at (724) 933-1800.