If you’ve been looking forward to summer and to going to the beach, researchers have great news for you. They are currently working on a revolutionary sun cream which comes in the form of a DNA film. What is great about this cream is the fact that you only have to apply it once. It is potent enough to stop you from getting a sunburn.
The more time you spend at the beach, the better the DNA film gets
This already sounds great, but there’s more to it than it meets the eye. If you love sunbathing, you can spend as much time practicing it as you like. The more time you spend in the sun, the better the sun cream gets at protecting your skin. Also, your skin stays hydrated all the time.
This solution was discovered by researchers from the State University of New York and from Binghamton University. They created thin transparent DNA film and got them exposed to UV light. These films can work like a second skin. While exposing them to the light, they noticed how they get better at absorbing UV radiation if they spent more time exposed.
UV light is bad for the skin, as it can damage your DNA is you get overexposed. This is why researchers thought of reversing the process. They wanted to equip people with this ‘second skin’ containing DNA film ready to be sacrificed, and keep their real skin protected.
It can also work as a wound protection
This DNA film sun cream is also hygroscopic. This means it can retain more water than regular skin, so it can be better at healing wounds. Since it maintains a humid environment, wounds can heal much faster. Also, it can work as a protective coating to prevent the sun from damaging them.
Researchers are optimistic about the development of this sun cream. It can not only work as an effective UV protection for the biggest fans of sunbathing, but it can also cover wounds and keep them safe in extreme environments.
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