Study shows beauty patch effectiveness in keeping skin tissue supple

By Andrew MCDOUGALL contact

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Credit: Esa Tanskanen
Credit: Esa Tanskanen

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A research team in Finland has demonstrated the effectiveness of its beauty patch to help skin absorption of cosmetics products, using a technique for imaging live tissue. 

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland used the unique imaging technology, developed by Finnish company Neurotar, and found that after two weeks usage the patch together with cosmetic serum adds collagen, which helps skin tissue to stay supple.

The tests were carried out by one of the centre’s own scientists, who used the beauty patch on herself along with a skin serum.


The testing involved an in-vivo​ method based on the optical imaging of live tissue using a 2-photon microscope and the combination and analysis of measurements from several samples.

VTT says that the images provided surprisingly precise information on the skin and ‘visually stunning pictures unique to this technology.’

The beauty patch, which is based on electrical energy from sugar and air, was placed on the researcher’s face (as seen in the image) and was combined with a commercial serum containing skin growth factor.

The team found that it led to a 90% increase in collagen fibres, which help to keep the skin supple, after the two-week test.

The same serum was used on a control skin area, where measurements revealed no increase in collagen fibres, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the patch.

Looking ahead…

“Preliminary results also show a temporary rise in skin metabolic activity due to the treatment, which then decreased back to the pre-treatment level 10-15 minutes after the removal of the patch,”​ says the research team.

“In addition, the sweat pores opened and the sweat ducts dilated by 52% compared to the initial situation, which also promotes absorption of skin care products. No corresponding changes were observed in the control skin area.”

VTT says that it is now seeking a partner to commercialise its beauty patch technology and with which it can expand the test group.

The aim is to expand the technology's possible applications into areas of medicine such as the skin absorption of medicines; partners are also being sought for this purpose.

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