is an analog, or a peptide hormone known as
alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) that tends
to induce skin tanning
has the added effect of increasing libido
and doesn’t just tan the skin.
Administering this hormone to the body directly is probably an effective
method to cause “sunless tanning”
or chemically induced
tanning. There are no obvious toxic effects of Melanotan II and, in
fact, because skin cancer is a major health concern, it may actually be
able to combat it to a degree. This is because Melanotan II
stimulates the body's natural tanning mechanism (Melanin) to create a
tan without needing the stimulus of direct sunlight. This can reduce
the for skin damage as a result of exposure to the Sun’s rays, that can
eventually lead to skin cancer. Not only has Melanotan II would
therefore seem to be a safe way to effectively tan without being
exposed to the Sun.
In addition, Melanotan II also has demonstrated aphrodisiac properties.
It would seem that this compound, when administered, is transformed
into a metabolite which has potent aphrodisiac and anti-
erectile dysfunction properties
is popular with athletes and fitness enthusiasts who wish to have the
look of a tanned body, but would rather not expose themselves
to the potentially harmful rays of the Sun