Sun Safety – Tanning Peptide

Most of us can appreciate a bronzed body as aesthetically pleasing and indicative of health and vitality. In order to get and maintain that healthy glow, there is a potential price – Skin Cancer.

Sun safety is a fact of life.

If you do not protect your skin against the potential damage of UV Rays, you are at risk of developing skin cancer as well as prematurely ageing your skin. There is also increased danger in sun avoidance, due to the fact that the sun provides us with the best source of vitamin D. Understanding how to receive a nourishing supply of sunlight without putting your skin at risk of harm is a matter of revisiting all which you have been told in the past and ensuring it represents the latest findings.

What is Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a disease of the body’s skin cells which is most often a result of skin cell damage. Skin Cancer begins in the lower layer of the epidermis which is the outside layer of the skin.

Skin cancer will develop when the skin has received too much of the sun’s UVR (ultraviolet radiation).  The cells then change and skin cancer can form. To protect ourselves from developing skin cancer in the future, we must limit the exposure to the suns ultraviolet radiation as well as tanning beds.

Sun Safety in Australia

Skin cancer rates in Australia and New Zealand are among the highest globally. Newest statistics show an estimated number of new skin cancer melanoma diagnoses in 2017 to be 13,941. This includes 8392 males and 5,549 females.

Australia is located in the southern hemisphere where we experience high natural UV concentrations. The atmosphere is cleaner and experiences less pollution from big city industry. The southern hemisphere also receives more radiation than countries that are located in the northern hemisphere. Genetically, white Australians do not carry a large supply of melanin within the skin. Due to our ancestors immigrating from the colder climates such as England, this minimal supply of melanin (our natural sunscreen) leaves skin susceptible to burning.

Sun Safety - Safe Tanning is Achievable

How to increase your skin’s natural UV defense?

There is a tanning peptide which we feature that through the stimulation of pigment cells called melanocytes results in a safe enhanced tan that in turn provides a buffer from the suns harmful UV rays.

How the tanning peptide works:

Tanning peptide increases melanin via stimulation of pigment cells called melanocytes.

Hormones are the communicators in our body. In our skin and hair we have hormones (communicators) that can be stimulated through the use of peptides. Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) are a class of peptide hormones produced in the intermediate lobe of the pituitary gland. MSH stimulates pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin and hair to produce and release melanin which leads to darker skin and hair. Alpha-MSH is the most abundant MSH, and the most active for skin pigmentation.
Benefits of a melanocyte stimulating hormone:
  • The ability to achieve a darker tan with less exposure to UV radiation
  • The possibility to reduce the risk of Melanoma (skin cancer)
  • A possible reduction in the incidence of sun-damaged skin
  • MSH levels decline with age.Man-made analogs of alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone have been made for human use.
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