Is Technology Removing Wrinkles Faster Than Medicine?
From mobile apps to facial muscle tracking through miniature microprocessors, consumers and manufacturers are devouring every technology available to slow the aging process in the ever popular search for the fountain of youth. Why go see a surgeon when an app might do that?
Here at FlashBuz we see the latest and greatest of everything from high definition drones that can fit in your pocket to bathtubs that fill the moment your car heads for home. However, the latest trends in technology have really caught us by surprise and forcing us to open a category just for anti-aging technology.
Here a few of our favorite breakthrough technologies;
Developed by L'Oréal in the US, Makeup Genius is a beauty app that uses facial mapping technology to transform your iPhone or iPad’s front-facing camera into a virtual mirror where you can 'try on' L'Oreal Paris products – including eyeliner and lipstick – in real time.
L'Oréal worked with a team of data scientists from Image Metrics – whose advanced facial mapping technology was used in the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – to incorporate a facial mapping algorithm into the app. Up until this point, the technology had only been used in Hollywood and in the gaming industry.
Using a similar facial mapping technology, an Italian company (Medico Matrix) used a microchip insert (Dermpres®) to measure muscle strength variations and nerve reactions inside the mouth of over a thousand people. After microchip mapping the lower facial movements over a 10 year span they were capable of developing the first removable facial lifting strip (DermaStrips) which uses nerve pressure to relax wrinkle causing muscles and stimulate collagen and cell growth without chemicals. After launching this brand of lift in the US (AngelLift) the strips soon outsold every cosmetic injection (except Botox), according to the numbers published by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons.
A 15-30 minute a day treatment using a removable, reversible, reusable soft flexible strip can now remove lines even cosmetic fillers cannot. Pretty impressive.
The MIT research team set out to develop a protective coating that could restore the properties of healthy skin for medical and cosmetic applications. In their research, the group created hundreds of siloxane cross-linked polymers (XPL). Researchers selected a safe, biocompatible polysiloxane-based material because it can be finely tuned to modulate properties such as spreadability, strength, elasticity, flexibility, elongation, contractility, adhesion and permeability. MIT published its study on the XPL in the journal, Nature Materials. XPL is the result of a collaboration between MIT and two biotech companies, Living Proof and Olivio Laboratories. Now they are exploring medical uses for this cream, which not only masks wrinkles, but actually mimics the properties of normal, youthful skin.
Cutting edge technology like these 3 examples are why we should continue believing in the fountain of youth, even it is might be running on a microchip.