A Tan Without Sunbeds?

Many of us seem to do anything to get that golden suntan, but with British Summers offering more rain than sun at the moment, a lot of us resort to sunbeds, despite the constant health warnings.

But now this might be set to change. Scientists have developed a tiny implant that is placed under the skin to give a three-month tan without using sunbeds. The capsule is no bigger than a grain of rice but it is implanted under the skin and stimulates the production of melanin, allowing the skin to become darker and resemble a healthy bronzed tan.

Although the implant was initially developed by medics in order to alleviate skin conditions, experts believe it could be taken up by the beauty industry, as a staggering three million people a year currently use sunbeds.

The makers of the chip, Clinuvel, said they developed it to help patients who suffer from skin disorders. But if the implant is used in the cosmetics industry, it would be following in the footsteps of Botox, which started out as a muscle relaxant before being used in
anti-wrinkle treatment.

As soon as we hear more about this implant, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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