Instead of hitting the tanning bed this season, achieving that sun-kissed glow could be as simple as a quick injection.
Researchers at the University of Arizona, Tucson are working on a new drug that may provide an instant tan. Melanotan-1 and Melanotan II are currently undergoing clinical trials and are already showing positive results during the testing phases.
According to MelanoCorp International, Melanotan II helps stimulate the hormones that cause skin to turn darker. Taking the drug could reduce the need for excessive sun exposure that often leads to skin cancer, and the process can also help the body create a protective layer to reduce the impact of UV exposure. Healthy skin management coupled with a safe and effective tanning routine can help create healthy, strong and youthful looking skin.
The product is a synthetic version of the hormone that helps release melanin into the cells, and can help many people simply get darker, faster. Exposure to sunlight and tanning beds after taking the drug may accelerate the tanning process and make it easier to achieve a natural, healthy-looking tan within a few days.
Results of the tests have been published in the Archives of Dermatology, and all but one volunteer from the test sample tanned more quickly than average.
More information about the drug and its effects can be found in this video: