Tanning without the risks of UV rays is a complicated task. Or not. US scientists have created sun-mimicking drugs to tan the skin without the risk of overexposure.
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Tan is actually a defense.
To protect us from excess ultraviolet rays, the body produces more melanin.
It is a substance derived from the amino acid tyrosine, which pigments the skin.
That is, to ensure a healthy color, one must risk the limit of health.
The price seems too high.
A new study points to the solution of the problem.
The research was done by Massachusetts General Hospital (United States).
In it, scientists developed a cream that stimulated the production of melanin.
And without the influence of the sun.
The drug works by stimulating the protein called salinity-induced kinase.
Are we facing a new cosmetic?
The drug differs from tanning spray, which "paints" the skin.
And it's not about tanning beds, which use UV rays directly.
"Our goal is to develop an innovative strategy to protect the skin."
The statement is from one of the authors, Dr. David Fisher.
The drug is not yet ready for commercial use.
For this to happen, more work needs to be done, including human testing.
The study was published in the scientific journal Cell Reports.