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How to Produce Melanin in your Body

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How to Produce Melanin in your Body

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Tips
  • 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.
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hassen
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I am 20 but my heir going to very grey who can recover my heir (naturally)
Alice T Breeze
Greying is a natural process, though here are some ways to hide it if you wish to:http://beauty.onehowto.com/article/how-to-hide-grey-hair-at-home-5538.html
Christopher
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The best thing you whites can is be yourself and stop trying to portray the people you hate because you know God made them (black) better and stronger against the elements than you all will ever be. White people are eventually going to be extinct because of our proximity to the sun. Why do you white fools think you have space station looking for planets you can live on further from the sun. Damn idiots. YOY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO INCREASE SOMETHING THAT COMES FROM GOD THAT YOU ALL HAVE AN OBVIOUS GENETIC DEFICIENCY OF. #BLACKLIVESMATTER#BLACKSLIVELONGER#WEARECHOSEN#THESUNISMYFRIEND#NOSUNBURNNATION
RAJAM
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rajam is looking for creams to conceal vitiligo
Oshea
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I think you should be thoroughly honest and not partial. Melanin is the reason for the colour of skin but black people have the most. Scientists have said white people are mostly melanin deficient which makes them much more likely to get skin cancer from exposure to high levels of sun energy. Melanin also is responsible for everything you do as it is like the brains battery. People are fascinated about melanin and want it yet despise or ignore that blacks have the most of this. The study of 'chem' aka melanin is very interesting indeed. But, I understand why you would rather say a white person has sun sensitive skin and not melanin deficient skin.
Kim McClounan
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Just trying to find where I can get a golden tan with increasing the melanin an not small feckles. I am a strawberry blonde. A natural tanning pills without going orange. Never tried tanning pills. Have suffered sun spots from sun.
OneHowTo Editor
You should be extremely careful when exposing your skin to the sun, as having sun spots indicates that your skin is highly sensitive. Make sure you use high SPF sunscreen every time you sunbathe and start doing so for a short time (15 minutes) and slowly increase the amount of time you spend under the sun (never during 12 AM and 4 PM).
Tanning pills can help boost your melanin production, but will not prevent marks on your skin, so be careful.
May
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Recently became aware of Melanin and it is so interesting..
Señorita Senior
For example if you were black and used a creamed soap which turned you white. And You would like to go back to the old days of being black ,What will you recommend me to do .Am frustrated my beauty is fading and am a lady.
farad
how can increase melanin content of my body
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Farad,
You can follow the tips mentioned in this article to help your body produce more melanin. Moreover, here's an article on the best foods to increase melanin production: http://beauty.onehowto.com/article/which-foods-increase-melanin-production-2337.html
Alfie
I need help from my dark skin becsuse i got little white spot in my dark skin. How to get rid of the white spot in my dark skin?
OneHowTo Editor
You may want to visit a dermatologist so he or she can determine the reason for this white spot appearing and give you a proper diagnosis.
Hope this helps
Sally Kurait
Also Flax seed it shows good results on some people , reversing gray hair into natural color after couple months of using it in your diet , Chinese tea also reverse gray hair after couple months .

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