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New and weird: a ‘second skin’ to get rid of bags under the eyes

A company has redeveloped its ‘second skin’ product, a synthetic film that lies on top of the skin and acts as a tightener. 

These ‘Spanx-like’ second skin, made by Living Proof in conjunction with Olivo Laboratories, is for cosmetic skin tightening around the eyes, instantly removing bags or saggy skin. But that’s not how they’re pitching the redeveloped product – the new application will be medical: delivering medications to skin, retaining water, and protecting against outside influences.

These films are are invisible to the naked eye, and should not be confused with disguising second skins, which cover up blemishes, scars and pigmentation.

What is it made of?
The material is called XPL, and it’s delivered in a dual process. First, a liquid is applied to the skin, which is then followed by another ingredient that causes the first ingredient to harden slightly, tightening the skin underneath it.

How long does it last?
The previously launched product, Neotensil, tightens, smooths, and lifts the skin for up to 24 hours.

Does it work?
Yes, with apparently excellent results. The film is invisible and looks and acts (to the eye) like normal skin in terms of elasticity and movement. It’s very useful to prevent dehydration of the skin, and therefore it can be useful in certain skin problems like burns, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

What’s the catch?
The liquid can only be applied to clean skin, and you can’t put make-up over the top of it. Eye makeup is acceptable, but any foundations would end up looking odd. Another drawback is the removal procedure, which involves applying another chemical to dissolve the film. This remover is packaged with the product, and without it, attempting to remove the film can be very difficult and uncomfortable. There is a chance of irritation with synthetic ingredients like these.

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2019-11-25T05:27:57+00:00