Finding healthier ways to do things

One of the best things about the modern era is an increased awareness of health concerns. People simply didn't know about the cause and effect behind most illness in the past. Cancer and the like was something that just happened. But modern diagnostic procedures have let researchers pinpoint the exact causal phenomenon behind any number of conditions. Though there is one big downside to this medical precision. Many people are saddened to discover that the things which bring them the most pleasure are also the most risky. Smokers are, of course, one of the best examples. They've had to come to terms with the fact that smoking is linked to cancer. But a more recent finding has made a lot of beachgoers quite a bit sadder as well.

Finding a safer time in the sun

A link was found between tanning and skin cancer. And many people took this to mean that having a tan carried health risks. But there's an important distinction to be made between having a tan and getting a tan. A tan is itself simply an excess level of melanin within the skin. But tanning is the process of releasing melanin into the skin after prolonged exposure to the sun. This might seem like a minor distinction at first. But it's important because researchers have been able to artificially stimulate melanin production.

A substance known as melanotan can dramatically increase melanin production after initial exposure to the sun. This means that one can take melanotan and then get a tan after only a very small amount of time in the sun. This is so important because it's that excessive amount of exposure to the sun which carries health risks. One can have a great tan and still have healthy skin if that exposure to the sun is limited. And melanotan allows one to do so.