Melanin is a natural substance which occurs in the body to create the pigment in our skin, hair and the iris of our eyes. Moreover, it protects the skin from UV rays and when levels rise, our dermis darkens, giving us a tan and keeping it intact for longer. If you want to treat a skin condition or darken your skin tone for cosmetic purposes, we know that no artificial method creates melanin. The only factors that affect melanin production are genetic, adequate intake of vitamin D and the extent of your exposure to ultraviolet rays. Keep reading if you want to know how to produce melanin in your body.
Understand what melanin is. Apart from being a substance that determines the skin's pigmentation, melanin keeps our tan for longer and also protects the dermis from the harm of UV rays and free radicals, which allows us to avoid losing elasticity and preventing premature ageing, as well as the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.Make sure you understand the whole function of melanin in detail.
Use sunblock. You should know that melanin production can be activated externally through solar exposure, as the sun favors increasing levels of melanin in our body. To do so, always use sunblock and avoid the sun between 1:00 and 3:00pm to avoid sunburn. Prepare your skin to sunbathe and don't forget that, if you do it regularly, the sun can become your worst enemy, acceleration premature ageing and the appearance of skin blemishes. Take a look at our article on how to choose the righ SPF sunscreen to protect your skin accordingly.
Take beta-carotene. Another way of creating melanin in your body is to increase its levels through food. Your best allies can be foods rich in vitamin A and, especially, in beta-carotene such as carrots, pumpkin, spinach, papaya, tomato, red pepper, melon... All of them favor the production of melanin, the correct function of the cells that form the skin and take part in the formation and maintenance of a much longer-lasting tan.
Eat antioxidant-rich food. It's not just vitamin A that will be useful in this task, as all foods rich in vitamin E also stimulate the production of melanin. Moreover, these are full of antioxidants and are incredible to get rid of free radicals on your dermis, thus preventing ageing and keeping it healthier and beautiful. The ingredients that have a greater amount of this nutrient are: vegetable oils (wheat oil, sunflower oil, soy, olive ...), green leaf vegetables, nuts (almonds, pine nuts, cashew nuts...), egg yolk and fruits like kiwi, mango, avocado, plums and grapes.
Eat vitamin-rich food. Other essential vitamins to increase melanin in your body are vitamins B and D, both will give your skin the protection you need against UV rays. Vitamin B can be found in dairy products, green vegetables, pulses, eggs, chicken and Brewer's yeast. On the other hand, blue fish are a good source of vitamin D.
If you want to know more, read our article on which foods increase melanin production.
Take supplements. You can also resort to adding the fore-mentioned vitamins in the form of supplements, as well as L-Tyrosine and gingko biloba, as they're good options to keep the levels of melanin in your body. Before starting any treatment it's very important to consult your doctor so he can advise you on the best option for your case and tell you if it's harmful or not for your health.
Use commercial creams. The cosmetic industry has created many creams and lotions that help activate melanin and get a bronzed tone quicker. They're available in different formats, but our recommendation is that before using them you consult with your dermatologist to make sure these are good for your type of skin.
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- Use a sunless tanner that contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to help you achieve a darker skin tone without sun exposure. These products only temporarily affects the outermost layer of the skin and do not change the content of melanin in skin cells.