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Tanning Lotions with Melanin Activating Peptide

Tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide (also known as M.A.P.) are all the rage these days, and it's easy to see why. These products enable even those with more sensitive skin to tan themselves, and also helps in anti-ageing, and sun protection.

Tanning lotions with Melanin Activating Peptide

Tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide (also known as M.A.P.) are all the rage these days, and it's easy to see why. These products enable even those with more sensitive skin to tan themselves, and also helps in anti-ageing, and sun protection.

How do tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide work?

Melanin activating peptide is a kind of water-soluble biomimetic peptide (peptides that are identical to the skin) that have very low molecular weights. It is able to ‘manipulate' processes within the epidermis by sybthesisxing melanin formation and regulating the immune system. Melanin activating peptide is exactly the same a-Melanotropin (Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone) which is naturally found in the skin. Tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide augment the protective action of the a-Melanotropin which is diminished by exposure to the sun, ageing, and some types of environmental stress.

By using tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide, you do not only hasten your own skin's tanning process – you also protect it from discoloration and damage. The melanin activating peptide controls the production and distribution of your skin's melanin so that it increases by about 50 percent in just 21 days. Best of all, the melanin activating peptide relieves allergies and inflammations by regulating of your skin's cytokines (such as TNFa, PGE2, IL-1a, IL-6) so it can be used to tan sensitive skin. It can also double as sunscreen supplement.

Other important ingredients

Most tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide also contain anti-aging, firming and body contouring properties such as ‘Cellutox,' which many consider to be great alternatives to Botox. Bronzers with melanin activating peptide typically have other essential ingredients such as phytoage, aloe vera, white tea extract, alpha lipoic acid, copper, CoQ10, exotic essential oils, and vitamins A, C and E. Together with Melanin Activating Peptide, they increase blood flow and promote tanning cell activity.

Tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide are also sometimes packaged as ‘hemp' oils, because they contain large amounts of hemp seed oil, white tea extract, aloe vera, caffeine, and other exotic essential oils to produce a natural looking, longer lasting tan (especially when with Erythrulose and DHA). Some brands even come with silicone emulsion properties that promote smoothness of the skin.

Are tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide expensive?

It depends on the brand. You can buy 10- to 15-oz. tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide for as low as $30 or as high as $50. Melanin activating peptide is not an expensive ingredient by itself, so it's probably the packaging and branding that spells the differences in the price tags. Try shopping online and comparing prices before purchasing a certain brand. Some sites are able to offer tanning lotions with melanin activating peptide at wholesale prices, which means you can save at least $5 on most items.