When it comes to 3D printing, the mind boggles. That a printer can produce a multidimensional object is pretty incredible. So far these futuristic printers have been used to make various things including jewellery, toys and even food (see—the mind boggles). And, of course, it didn’t take long for the beauty world to want in on the action. Enter Radara and its unique 3D-printed eyepatches. These patches are ushering in a new era of at-home skincare that sits neatly between topical product and injectable. Read on for everything you need to know about these ingenious patches.
The single-use under-eye patches are printed with tiny plastic “needles” that are less than 0.5mm in length that painlessly create hundreds of microchannels through the stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin) and down into the epidermis.
At night, on cleansed skin, you apply one patch under each eye, gently pressing down. You then remove the patches and in their place apply the Radara hyaluronic acid serum (included in the kit). After that, you pop the patches back on to the skin for five minutes—reapplying the patches helps ensure all the serum is delivered deep down to where it can work most effectively.
For anyone unfamiliar, hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws in and holds 1000 times its weight in water, which means—in the case of crow’s-feet—it will create a plump, hydrated effect, minimising the appearance of fine lines. In fact, clinical trials found that not only did the patches double the efficacy of the serum but after four weeks there was a 30% decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. What’s even more impressive, is that the decrease was maintained for a further four weeks without applying the patches. The lingering effect means the patches are something you can do three or four times per year, rather than every single night.
Our immediate question was when will they make one of these wonder patches for the forehead? Thankfully it is something the creators are working on right now, phew.
Byrdie will be putting these patches to the test for a month, so watch this space for the before and after in the New Year. Already convinced? A month’s supply of Radara costs £199.