By Aesthetica Med Spa
We all love having a gorgeous sun-kissed glow, but it’s common knowledge that too much exposure to the sun is a big no-no when it comes to preserving our skin and health. Excessive exposure to UV not only increases skin aging and leads to unsightly sun spots and wrinkles, but it can also result in life-threatening skin cancer. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love a touch of fake tan here and there, but nothing ever looks quite as fabulous as a natural tan. Luckily, there is an excellent compromise out there that will allow you to gain a gorgeous, natural glow with minimal sun damage – Melanotan.

Switching on Your Body’s Natural Melanin Production

Melanotan is a peptide injection which stimulates melanin production in the body. Melanin is naturally produced by the body when skin is exposed to UV, its purpose being to slightly darken the skin in order to reduce further damage caused by UV. Melanin is produced by melanocytes, which are cells found in the epidermis – the outermost layer of skin. Melanotan effectively switches on your melanocytes in order that they can produce melanin more easily. It is still necessary to expose the skin to the sun to kick-start melanin production, but with the help of Melanotan, a tan will develop far faster and with less UV exposure than without the injections. This means you don’t have to spend hours and hours sitting under the sun’s harsh rays to develop a glorious tan, and nor do you have to put up with pasty pale skin if you prefer to hang out in the shade.

Find Your Perfect Glow

What’s great about Melanotan is that it offers some flexibility in the extent of tanning so that you can achieve your perfect sun-kissed shade. You can begin with a relatively small dose of the product, then continue dosing until you reach your desired level of pigmentation. At that point, you should take one dose every two weeks to maintain the same tan. Some people enjoy a subtle, light tan to make their skin look fresh, healthy and glowing, while others want nothing less than a deep, rich and dramatic tan. Either way, Melanotan can create perfect results for your own particular tastes.

A Tan That Lasts and Lasts

Tans which are developed by the sun alone tend to fade in around a month unless the skin is continually exposed to the sun. In contrast, Melanotan tans can last for months and months even without further sun exposure, and even when dosage is stopped. That means you can carry your summer tan long into fall and winter, even if you don’t want to keep up with regular Melanotan injections. If you do choose to have regular dosages, you can easily keep up your tan all year round provided that you get a touch of sun exposure every few months. After all, if summer is your favorite season, why wouldn’t you want to carry it with you every month of the year! Melanotan is normally self-administered through a tiny injection that cannot be felt.  At Austin Family Medicine Associates (our sister company located next door), we will show you how to do this injection yourself and the dosage cost then becomes very affordable, usually around $10 per injection.