What is Neotan?
Neotan is a synthetic hormone called Melanotan II, that mimics the action of MSH, or melanocyte stimulating hormone which is responsible for darkening the pigments of the skin. Typically when your skin is exposed to UltaViolet radiation (the sun or tanning beds) your skin will release melanocytes as a natural defense to protect your skin from absorbing an excess amount of solar radiation. This natural defense to UV light is what leads to tanning or a darkening of your skin. Melanotan is a peptide which similuates this melanocyte response chemically in the absense of the sun. Therefore it is safe, because your skin pigment is responding to the simulated hormone rather than from actual UV damage to the skin.
How does it work?
Neotan otherwise known as Melanotan II, is a synthetic analog of the naturally occurring peptide hormone which stimulates the cells that produce Melanin, this Melanin is what gives you a tan.
Melanotan II was first synthesized at the University of Arizona in 1995. Researchers there knew that one of the best defenses against skin cancer was a natural tan which has been slowly developed over weeks. They hypothesized that an effective way to reduce skin cancer rates in people would be to induce the body’s natural tanning system to produce a protective tan prior to UV exposure. The body’s naturally occurring hormone a-MSH causes melanogenesis, a process by which the skin’s tanning cells (melanocytes) produce the skin’s tanning pigment (melanin).