Melanin Production and our Tan Accelerator
by Andrea Young
Hello gorgeous BodyCo babes!
Can you believe it’s already December?! Which means, summer has officially begun (in Australia). ☀️
And it’s BodyCo’s first summer with our Tanning Range (Tan Accelerator and Sun Recovery) body sprays.
So this blog post is going to be super scientific about our Tan Accelerator Body Oil and how it helps the skin to naturally produce melanin in order to achieve and prolong a deeper tan - but like all things, it doesn’t mean excess time in the sun and always make sure you are being sun smart.
Now it’s time for the nitty gritty.
Firstly, let’s briefly touch on what melanin is and what it does.
Melanin is a pigment produced in the skin’s cells and comes in different shades, depending on your genetic make up. It comes in two forms; eumelanin (most common form and is brownish in colour) and pheomelanin (reddish-brown colour that is often associated with freckles and red hair).
How the melanin is produced depends on several factors (usually environmental as everyone has approximately the same number of melanocytes), but our focuse is on the skins exposure to UV radiation.
Melanin is produced as a response to UV radiation to prevent damage to the skin’s DNA. When your skin is exposed to UV light, then you naturally produce more melanin for protection (this results in various degrees of tanning or reddening).
So how does BodyCo’s Tan Accelerator work?
Our Tan Accelerator has a tan-enhancing peptide that stimulates melanin production, increasing the skin’s natural photo-protection mechanism and tanning process. It includes a plant based, inbuilt UV and DNA protector.
This triple action peptide;
1. Stimulates melanin production, giving a quicker, darker and more prolonged tan
2. Offers DNA protection and repair
3. Has a soothing action for the skin
We have specially formulated the Tan Accelerator to be non greasy, so you can wear it anytime your skin is exposed to the sun.
We recommend that you do not overdo sun exposure (spending no longer than 30-45 minutes in the sun at one time and continuing to apply to the body and face).
Enjoy the sun this summer, and love your bronzed skin