What are tanning injections?
Tanning injections aka the “Tanning Peptide” provide a source of melanocyte-stimulating hormone that enters the bloodstream. The message communicated upon entry is to increase the production of melanin.
Melanin is the skin pigmentation we all have that responds to UV light and is the primary determinant of our skin and hair colour. Melanin protects the body’s cells from the damage resulting from overexposure to UV light.
Exposure to the sun causes the skin melanocytes to produce more pigment than is usual. This pigment is what gets wrapped around the cell’s DNA preventing it from being harmed.
Benefits of aMSH Stimulation (Tanning Injection)
a-MSH (alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone) stimulation offers benefits that people are drawn to like:
- Safe Enhanced Tanning
- Body Fat Reduction
- Increases Libido
- Improves Male and Female Reproduction
Tanning (Increasing Melanin Production) is our in-house sunscreen
The development of a tan is our body attempting to provide us with the necessary protection or buffer needed for our skin. This homeostatic response is triggered by an increase in UV light exposure.
Use of the tanning injection eliminates the time commitment of developing a tan.
This reduction in sun exposure needed to develop a tan reduces the risk involved with exposing oneself to UV radiation regularly and the consequences of developing skin cancer (melanoma).
Increasing melanin purely by the use of sunlight has risk factors for overexposure and UV damage, whereby increasing melanin production through the tanning injection gives the skin a head start at buffering the UV damage you may experience when out in the sun.
The Tanning Injection and Development of a Tan
When one does go out in the sun to receive a healthy dose of UV light, 5-10 mins a day at or around noon is all that would be required to begin developing a tan.
This continued each day, a mere 5 minutes.
A note of caution: This timeframe is dependent on environmental and individual factors that influence the suns UV radiation.
As soon as you feel your skin burning, regardless if it has only been 5 minutes, it is best to get protected.
Sunblock may do more damage than good
Cancer Promoting, Endocrine Disruption
Most sunblocks contain toxic ingredients.
Though they may block UV light sufficiently, they also offer a direct pathway of these toxic ingredients into the bloodstream, which can cause inflammation and other side effects.
Studies indicate that sunblock ingredients may very well be contributing to skin cancer rates because people wearing sunblock so often filter out 95-99% of vitamin D synthesis.
Additionally, the chemicals contained in most sunblocks today are toxic to the body, they penetrate into the bloodstream with high efficiency and wreak havoc on all the systems of the body.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the chemical Oxybenzone can penetrate the skin and efficiently enter the bloodstream. One study reveals its link to endometriosis.
Another study published by the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology reveals that its ability to mimic the effects of oestrogen promotes the growth of cancer cells.
An Australian study published by the Queensland Cancer Fund Laboratories shows oxybenzone inhibited cell growth and DNA synthesis. They found that sunscreen causes mitochondrial stress in cells.
Vitamin A Palmitate
A US government study reveals Retinyl palmitate which is a form of Vitamin A has the potential to speed up the development of skin tumours and lesions when it is applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight.
- Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Skin Cancer
- Vitamin D deficiency is one cause of skin cancer as well as other cancers like breast and prostate.
- Vitamin D synthesised by the sun is the best Vitamin D, and oral supplementation is no match.
What the tanning injection is not:
The tanning injection is not an injectable version of the self-tanners you buy at the chemist, wait 20 mins to dry and it develops over the course of a few hours. The tanning peptide does not work that way and would be considered extremely toxic to inject – don’t you think?
Sunless Tanners – Active Ingredient DHA – Linked to DNA Damage
The sunless tan is a skin darkening solution that, come to find is not as safe as we once thought. Studies have indicated that DHA has the potential to cause DNA damage.
It has also been found quite often to be contaminated with lead, mercury and arsenic.
Realising that anything getting absorbed into the skin, also finds its way into the bloodstream, this is not good news for the fans of sunless tanning creams and sprays.
DHA from sunless tanning lotion has been shown to protect the skin against UVA and UVB, but only after it has been on the skin for 24 hours.
In that 24 hours, it has been discovered that DHA may temporarily increase one’s sensitivity to UV radiation.
Any time spent in the sun within that initial 24 hours, therefore, regardless of the temporary bronzing witnessed on the skin (false sense of protection) the risk for UV damage is heightened.