How To Use Melanotan 2 Correctly
Despite popular misconceptions, Melanotan 2 is a regular therapy and requires continuous maintenance to be effective, even after users achieve their desired skin tone. However, unlike many other popular tanning supplements and treatments, using MT2 to aid in tanning is a simple and straightforward process. And even if you do strop your treatment and cut off maintenance doses, you will still be able to enjoy your perfect tan for months on end, even with no sun or UV exposure!
Melanotan 2 is retailed and delivered in the form of a freeze-dried powder that is sealed and stored in sterile 10mg multi-use vials. Before using MT2, you will need to dilute the powder in sterile water. This will need to be done at home, as the liquid solution degrades quickly and becomes less effective if it's not refrigerated continuously after mixing.
To prepare the mixture, you will need to mix the MT2 powder with 1-2ml of sterile water. For the best results and optimal dosage accuracy, we recommend that you use our Lovemelanotan Peptide Calculator below, which can help you identify the proper ratios and dosage amounts for your skin type to ensure the best possible results.
If you're no stranger to tanning products, you may have heard of other solutions such as nasal sprays, oral pills, and even premixed peptide. So, how do Melanotan 2 injections differentiate from these alternatives? While some of these alternatives are all the rave in today's day and age, they're simply ineffective, despite all the buzz and hype around them! Not only are you going to spend far more money with alternatives, but you're ultimately not going to see the full range of amazing benefits that Melanotan 2 has to offer.
Regular MT2 injections are the best approach to make sure you're getting the most out of your treatment. This will help speed up results and make sure that the peptide is entirely absorbed.
When it comes to injecting the MT2 solution, you have two options to choose from - subcutaneous or intramuscular. The injection site isn't an important factor and ultimately comes down to your personal preference and comfort. Once injected, the Melanotan 2 peptide is absorbed into your bloodstream and evenly distributed throughout your body.
If you're just getting started with MT2, we strongly recommend a minuscule starting dose of around 0.3mg to gauge how your body reacts to the solution.
Keep in mind that when you're just starting the treatment, it's normal to experience a warming sensation along with a flush and mild nausea. If you do experience these side-effects, don't worry as they are entirely normal and will not cause you to get sick. To avoid any potential discomfort, we recommend taking the first couple of doses before bed so that the onset of any potential side-effects occurs while you sleep.
As your treatment progresses, the side-effects will gradually disappear, and further doses can be taken at any time of day.
If you are looking to achieve a perfect tan faster, you can incorporate a loading dose into your treatment. This implies more frequent MT2 injections, which allow you to build up the initial tan much faster, thus arriving into the maintenance phase of your treatment much sooner.
We generally recommend a daily dose of 0.5mg until you achieve your desired skin tone. However, while our recommended dose is standard, dosage may vary slightly depending on skin type, body weight, and other factors.
Once you're achieved the skin tone you're after, you should move on to the maintenance phase of your treatment.
Unfortunately, there is a huge breadth of variables that go into determining the correct dosage, and it will vary greatly from person to person. Some of these variables include the rate of skin tone fading, bodyweight, skin type, metabolism, among other biological factors.
Here's a generalized example maintenance dose to give you a starting point. However, keep in mind that you should consult with a tanning coach or professional if you need help in determining the exact dosage for yourself.
If your loading dose is 0.5mg with tanning sessions happening one every three days, you should be achieving your desired skin tone in the span of 10 days. This would imply a maintenance dose of around 1mg taken once per week, followed by a tanning session
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What is the fitzpatrick skin chart?
People come in all shapes, sizes, and, ultimately, skin tones as well. Due to the considerable degree of variance, the Fitzpatrick skin chart organizes skin types into one of six easily identifiable categories. This simplifies your tanning efforts while helping identify the skin-types that face the most risk when it comes to UV ray damage.
Before we dive further into dosage and other instructional information, it's important to understand what the Fitzpatrick skin types are, and what implications they bear.
What does the seasonal maintenance look like?
The typical tanning season lasts around 3 months. Depending on the user's Fitzpatrick skin type from the chart above, the dosage will vary from person to person. Here are some general guidelines in terms of season maintenance for the different skin types out there.
Keep in mind that all dosage guidelines imply a loading dose of 10mg (1 vial of MT2).
Skin Type I - 30 to 50mg of MT2.
Skin Type II - 20 to 30mg of MT2.
Skin Type III-VI - 10 to 20mg of MT2.
What Equipment Do You Need For Mt2?
The most important piece of equipment that you'll need to use Melanotan 2 is an insulin syringe. However, as with any injections, we recommend disinfecting the injection area with alcohol swabs prior to treatment.
Insulin syringes typically come in 2 main sizes, measured in international units (IU):
10 IU = 0.1 ML
100 IU = 1 ML
To dilute the MT2 powder and create the mixture, you will need a 100 IU (1ml) syringe filled with sterile water. This will give you 1mg (10 IU) of ready-to-use liquid Melanotan 2 solution.
10IU = 1mg
5IU = 0.5mg
3IU = 0.3mg
If you're not sure how many milligrams of Melanotan are in each unit of an insulin syringe, you can use our handy calculator below to calculate the exact dosage and measurements you'll need. You can also check out our detailed, in-depth user guide for a set of easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
What You Should Know About Mt2
Injections Are Almost Painless
Aside from being the most effective method to distribute Melanotan 2 peptide across the entirety of your body, injections are also near painless as insulin syringes are very thin and short.
You'll Still Need UV Ray Exposure
Unfortunately, MT2 is not a completely sunless tanning solution. To build a well-rounded full-body tan, you'll still need some degree of either UV rays or natural sunlight exposure. However, Melanotan 2 helps reduce the amount of time that you'll need to spend tanning to achieve a fuller and deeper tan.
MT2 Doesn't Prevent Burning
Despite popular misconceptions, Melanotan 2 doesn't prevent your skin from burning. While MT2 definitely helps protect users from burning as easily due to the reduced amount of time you'll spend exposed to UV rays, you still need to avoid overexposing yourself until you've built up a base tan.
It's Important To Know Your Skin Type
Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type will dictate your regular dosage needs and will play into the loading and maintenance dosage as well. In addition to this, it's essential to understand that MT2 will benefit the upper spectrum of the Fitzpatrick range (types I, II, and III) far more than users on the lower end of the spectrum.
It's also important to note that users that fall into the Type I and II categories will take longer to see results than other skin types. However, they get to enjoy an easy and simple maintenance cycle once their ideal skin tone is achieved.
Let's talk about freckles - those of us with freckles should expect for them to get darker during the course of treatment as skin pigmentation increases. But, freckles on dark skin are far less noticeable, which is generally very appreciated by regular MT2 users. This is also not a permanent effect, as once treatment is stopped, freckles will gradually fade as your skin tone returns to normal.
In addition to this, your skin tone and achieved tan will stick around far longer than a natural tan due to the effect of the Melanotan 2 peptide. You can expect your full-body tan to last for at least several months after stopping treatment and even without any additional sun exposure.
Potential Side Effects
In modern times, with all the research done on MT2, there haven't been any long-term side effects reported. However, if you're just starting your treatment, there is a range of mild and non-dangerous side effects that you can expect with the first few doses. Some of these effects are mild nausea, flush, decreased appetite, and even an increased libido. If you're worried about nausea and taking the first few doses before bed doesn't work for you - you can try an anti-histamine product to help lessen nausea while your body adjusts to the treatment. If you're taking a larger initial dose such as 1mg, you should expect the side effects to be more prominent. To combat this, you can split the dose up into smaller doses such as 2 doses of 0.5mg taken throughout the day.
Keep in mind that as your body adjusts after the initial few doses, the side effects will subside and won't be bothering you anymore.
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The Science Behind Melanotan 1 And 2
The lab-made form of Melanotan 2 was originally created back in the '80s by a team of scientists at the University of Arizona. Since then, it quickly rose to become one of the most popular tanning-aids due to its innate ability to perfectly mimic and simulate the natural processes behind skin-darkening pigmentation.
Melanotan 1 and 2 mimic the naturally-occurring Alpha-MSH hormone. This hormone is mainly responsible for the production of melanin and melanocortins throughout your body. Thus, it plays a large role in processes like skin pigmentation, sexual arousal, and it even interacts with your appetite.
When it comes to tanning, melanin is directly involved in the entire process. It is responsible for the dark pigmentation of your skin as you tan. In addition to this, it also provides a degree of protection from UV ray exposure and skin damage. Recent research even suggests that encouraging melanin production may potentially lead to a reduced likelihood of skin cancers.
So, what is the difference between MT1 and MT2 peptides? While both peptides are clinically proven to enhance the darkening pigmentation of the skin and help with tanning, Melanotan 2 has repeatedly proven itself as the faster and better of the two. However, as a sort of trade-off, the side effects are more common and slightly more pronounced with MT2.
It should also be noted that the dosage guidelines and schedules are different for both peptides. A starting dose of Melanotan 1 would normally be around 1mg, while a starting dose of Melanotan 2 would land right around 0.25mg to achieve the same finite effects.
Despite some recent misconceptions among users, Melanotan 2 is not a cure, treatment or preventative measure for skin conditions, especially skin cancer. And while it certainly provides a bit of added protection from UV ray related skin damage and reduces the necessary amount of exposure to achieve your desired skin tone - it should never be regarded as a sort of UV shield.
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