Loving the Sun Doesn't Mean Not Loving One's Skin

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The wonder of science and sun

Science can be a wonderful thing even if it's clear why people might not always feel that way. There's a wide variety of experiences out there which people love to take part in but which aren't very healthy. Often times people have been unaware of the health effects from those behavior for decades. In some cases this lack of awareness might well stem all the way back to the beginning of history. For example, tanning has long been associated with health. And there is some truth to the idea. Tanning is the result of the body's very healthy reaction to an unhealthy level of sunlight. When the body detects ongoing damage to the skin from sunlight it makes an attempt to mitigate that process.

The result is a slow release of natural pigment into the skin. This is normally diffuse and spread out within the body. When the skin begins to get damage it's slowly pushed into the skin to darken it and stop further damage. The only problem is that by the time a tan develops there's already been quite a bit of skin damage. It's important to remember what science has shown about the process though, and not just about the end effect. The actual tanning effect isn't at all unhealthy. Quite the contrary in fact, a tan is a sign of a healthy body that's trying to protect itself. This is where science has made another big leap forward.

A great tan can be totally healthy

Researchers have created a method by which the healthy tanning effect can occur before, rather than after, the sun damages skin. The lovemelanotan system will basically lower the threshold at which the tanning pigment is released. Instead of starting to tan after getting too much sun, people can begin to tan the second they get any sun exposure at all. This ensures that people can have a great tan while still being healthy. It creates a system by which one can have the best of both worlds.

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