A disposable beauty patch using microampere current to enhance absorption of
skin care products will offer future consumers an opportunity to perform
galvanic skin treatments at home. At the moment, this can only be done by
beauticians using special devices. The product idea developed at VTT Technical
Research Centre of Finland can also be applied to medicinal products.
The invention differs from beauty patches presently on the market in its
functioning mechanism, power production and manufacturing method. Electric
current is minimal, causing no unpleasant sensations for the consumer.
The new type of beauty patch generates the current it needs from sugar and air
with the help of enzymes. The electrodes and enzymes required by the power
source are attached efficiently by means of printing technology.
VTT competencies were brought together during development: enzyme technology,
fuel cell research and printed intelligence.
Åbo Akademi and
Tampere University of Technology have also been involved in the development
work, making a major contribution to the development of electrochemical
solutions and to research of the functioning mechanisms. Åbo Akademi showed
that skin permeability can be altered with the help of microampere current to
enhance the absorption of skin care products into the skin.
patent for the product and its manufacturing method has been applied for. In
addition to cosmetics, the same product and manufacturing method could be
adapted to medicinal and herbal products.
“The product has
already attracted interest in the cosmetics industry. We have now advanced to
the commercialisation phase, during which we shall make efforts to expedite
the new solution's entry into the market," says Anu Vaari, Senior Scientist at
CAPTION: VTT has
developed a beauty patch that differs from others on the market in its
functioning mechanism, power production and manufacturing method. Photo by