I Want To Believe That These Rubber Goggles Will Make Me Look Younger

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We're all going to get old and wrinkly one day and it's a terrifying thought to most of us. That's why I really want to believe that these freaky Japanese rubber goggles will somehow make wrinkles disappear.

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The goggles are called Mejikara and made of silicone rubber. Supposedly they have "specially-designed ridges which massage and help your skin" by putting "gentle pressure on [it] and pushing those sagging eyes back up to where they once were."

You can buy a pair of these goggles for $48 if you really want to, but I suggest that you're probably better off spending that money on some makeup. [Japan Trend Shop via 7Gadgets via Dvice]

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The immune system mediates repair of regenerative tissue and it makes decisions about the fate of the healing process. Example: the cells surrounding a wound either 1) replicate and fill in the space with new cells, or 2) secrete mindboggling amounts of the protein collagen... which quickly sets and forms a scar.

On a relative scale one might envision a good scrape as the grand canyon, and human workers trying to fill it back up by making babies or using cement, STAT. Structural integrity, immune compromise, blood pressure, pain levels, etc. all have to be considered, and the leukocyte (white blood cell) infiltrate is surveying the surroundings and calling the shot.

Sometimes a wound is so massive the body immediately goes into 'scar mode' because the wound must be closed or you risk a deadly infection.

Functional tissue; Cells... or a blob of protein.

So why am I talking about this....

Skeletal muscle slowly accumulates scar tissue throughout life leading to sagging though functional musculature. Constant trauma to the muscle through use typically leads to a perfect repair. But often, rather than new muscle tissue your body lays down scar tissue. This is permanent. This is what happens to your face and body, slowly but surely, and nothing is going to reverse it.

On a side note, nothing can penetrate the skin, a shell of dead cells filled with a similar protein keratin, except for lipid soluble steroids such as cortisone, hence absolutely nothing that you can buy and apply will ever do anything to repair the tissue.