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Are Tanning Injections Safe?

Updated on September 11, 2012
Tanning injections are increasing in popularity
Tanning injections are increasing in popularity | Source

In today's society being tanned is a necessity, for most people anyway. The desire to have bronzed, sun-kissed skin is somewhat of a daily need for a lot of individuals nowadays and the younger generation are steadily getting sucked into the warped idea that without a tan, you are not beautiful.

Each person is born with a different skin tone whether it is light, fair, medium, olive, brown or black. Embracing this skin tone is what is important but with magazines, movies and music videos showing celebrities and models with flawless figures and caramel skin, the hunger for a tan is unsurprisingly increasing.

Over the past few years, self-tan lotions have been introduced to the market and despite the popularity of these instant tanning products, they are slowly being overshadowed by tanning injections. Tanning injections, or tanning jabs as they may otherwise be known, are being sold in large quantities to people with all skin types. These injections claim to darken the skin when exposed to UV rays and despite them working for most people the true question is, 'Are tanning injections safe?'

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Have you ever used tanning injections to alter your skin tone?

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Melanotan results before and after
Melanotan results before and after

Deaths from tanning injections

It seems that the need to have a tan is so strong that many people are unaware of what tanning injections are actually made up of and the scary truth is that a large portion of these people do not even care. Recently, a 26-year-old woman named Jenna Vickers from Bolton in the United Kingdom died after using tanning injections that she bought online. These products are illegal to sell in the United Kingdom but are still being sold unknowingly on the Internet and from person-to-person.

Tanning injections are known as Melanotan and with the increase in use of tanning booths, this product is selling wildly around the globe. Melanotan was created in America in the 1980s and is already a big hit with tanners. Although it is favored by many as a quick way to get a tan, there are many side effects associated with injecting the liquid. Melanotan 1 and Melanotan 2 are the different types of liquids used for tanning injections and both offer a solution for people with fair skin to get an even, golden brown tan.

As skin cancer levels increase annually, with more than 100,000 new cases being diagnosed in the UK every year alone, Melanotan may not be the safest option to get a tan.

Side effects & ingredients

The craziest thing about the use of tanning injections is that regardless of the side effects, people continue to use them as a way of enhancing their appearance. Some side effects you can expect when trying Melanotan tanning injections will be:

  • Increased risk of skin cancer
  • Nausea
  • Darkened freckles
  • Hot flushes
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Headaches
  • Panic attacks

These are just some of the side effects and based on different experiences, they tend to differ. So, what exactly is inside the tanning injections? Due to this liquid being injected into the body, it is quite shocking that many people are choosing to buy them. Well, the truth is that although they are sold around the world on a daily basis, there is no true indication as to what is in these tan injections, making it all the more worthwhile to steer clear.

Self-tan is safe and easy
Self-tan is safe and easy

Celebrities use self-tanning products

If you are hoping to look good on the beach, then steer clear from untested products sold on the Internet. Instead, tan safely with sun protection products and for instant, safe tans, be sure to buy self-tanning products. Easy to use and favored by many celebrities like Kim Kardashian, these products will not cause skin cancer or nasty side effects like Melanotan will.

A tan to die for


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