It’s about to get hotter in the southern hemisphere, which puts those with delicate skin at risk of severe sunburn from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is especially true if hours at a time are spent outdoors during the hot summer months. Thankfully, research into alternative ways of getting a tan has yielded splendid results. Fair-skinned women and men don’t have to spend hours in the sun to have a great tan the whole year-round.
What is Melanotan 2?
Melanotan 2 is the second in a line of tanning peptides that stimulate the skin into releasing melanin. Melanin is the skin pigment that gives skin its brown to dark-brown tone. The more melanin in the skin, the darker the skin color. Furthermore, melanin has been shown to protect the skin from UV rays that can cause skin cancer.
While tanning lotions can provide some protection from UV rays, they often aren’t enough for people with very fair skin. Melanin is the skin’s natural response to UV radiation, so the maker’s of Melanotan sought to create a peptide that can provide a suntan with much less exposure to the sun.
A Deeper Tan
Melanotan 2 comes in the form of a white powder, which is contained in a small vail. This must be mixed with sterile water and injected into the subcutaneous layer of the skin, just beneath the epidermis and dermis layers. It then begins to spread throughout the body, stimulating the skin to produce more melanin.
Since Melanotan 2 is injected into the lower layer of skin, the tan that results is deeper and lasts much longer. It certainly lasts longer than a tan acquired by bathing in the sun or using a tanning bed. Melanotan is given in controlled dosages, but the dosing can be interrupted without the benefits of it fading too quickly. That’s because the tan from Melanotan 2 lasts for months at a time before starting to fade. Tans obtained through sun-bathing or tanning booths often start fading before the end of a month.
You can start with small doses and increase them gradually if you want to. Once you reach your desired level of skin pigmentation, you can stop the dosages without losing any pigment to your skin. You can start dosing at as little as once a week and keep the level of skin pigment you have achieved with Melanotan 2.
Less Exposure to Sunlight
Melanotan 2 injections are almost painless and have been proven effective in lab trails. If your skin is especially sensitive to sunlight, you’ll be glad to know that it only takes a little exposure to sunlight to achieve great-looking results. Just a little time in the sun is sufficient to activate the increased production of melatonin in the skin.
Although Melanotan 2 can dramatically increase the skin’s ability to withstand UV rays, it isn’t full proof. You can still benefit from using regular sun protection products with a low, medium to high sun protection factor (SPF) as you normally do.