Pushing beyond the old sayings
There’s an old saying that suggests there’s no gain without first experiencing pain. There’s a handful of variations on this idea. But the general principle is fairly common and widespread all over the world. People tend to imagine that there’s an even system of cost and benefit to everything. To gain in one aspect of life one must first sacrifice in another. It’s an understandable sentiment. Even more so given that science has shown how many enjoyable things actually come at the cost of health. But just because it starts out that way doesn’t mean that it needs to stay that way. Take tanning as an example. It’s long been known that tanning comes with an increased risk for some very serious health conditions. Some are simply cosmetic, and others relate to actual skin cancer. But the tradeoff is that one will look amazing thanks to a glowing and wonderful bronzed tan.
Gain without the pain
On the surface this tradeoff might seem inevitable. After all, the whole reason tanning happens is as a result of damage to skin cells. The sun damages the skin, and this in turn prompts the slow release of a naturally produced pigment called melanin. The two seem to go hand in hand. Except that researchers have developed a product called melanotan. If melanotan is in one’s system that it will drastically increase the rate of release and production for melanin. This means that one simply needs to begin to get a tan by getting a little sun. But not enough sun to actually cause any real damage or increased risks. This minor amount of exposure to the sun will trigger a miniscule amount of melanin to be released. But the melanotan will essentially push up the intensity of the signal so that a full tanning sessions worth of melanin will enter one’s system. But the important point is that this great tan will occur without any of the normal risks involved with tanning. It means one can have the benefits of tanning without the pain of health problems down the road.