You've heard of the nicotine patch and the birth control patch, but the newest patch on the market promises to smooth out wrinkles. It's called the Power Cosmetics Vitalizer Patch and it actually works like a battery, delivering low dose electrical stimulation.
"I believe that the low dose, very low dose energy may be increasing blood flow and the resulting plumping up of skin, tends to make the fine lines and wrinkles appear less obvious," says Dr. David Leffell, a dermatologist.
The company provided these before and after photos, but not trusting the maker, Dr. Leffell did his own test on a few women and found some improvement with wrinkles less noticeable. Here's the kicker. You leave the patch on for about 20 minutes and the anti-wrinkling effects last only for about eight hours. So, be forewarned it's not worth more than a night on the town. Even so, the vitalizer patch has been licensed to a major cosmetics company and is expected to be on the market sometime this year.
The patch contains a wafer-thin battery made from ink and paper, impregnated with hydrogel moisturizer. When it comes into contact with the skin, the circuit is complete, creating a tiny electrical current of up to three volts which stimulates the skin and relaxes the pores. The manufacturer claims that as a result the moisturizer penetrates the skin 100 times more effectively than it would normally do. Spokesman Daniela Mavor explained, "It's like a temporary facelift except you do it in the comfort of your own home. It's completely disposable and environment friendly and there are no side-effects."
The Vitalizer patch has already been tested by hundreds of women and could go on sale within a year.