L’Oreal has begun manufacturing models with 3D-printed skin for testing its cosmetics and beauty products. The 3D models are an ideal way for the company to more accurately test its products because of the ability to observe product interactions on different skin phenotypes.
The French company is currently producing its patented 3D-printed skin called 'Episkin.' Episkin is made from the incubated tissue samples donated by surgery patients, which are then matured in a collagen culture. The epidermis samples are used by L’Oreal to determine the exact way in which its products will interact with human skin.
The revolutionary technology is particularly useful for sunscreen and anti-aging products, as the company can determine exactly how to tweak each serum to better adapt to different skin types. While the technology is still very much in its infancy, L’Oreal is leading the way in experimental forms of 3D printing.