• Natalie Hennessey

Interesting Research: Topical Melatonin for Sun Protection

Melatonin is commonly used in relation to sleep. As a supplement, melatonin is used in an effort to reset sleep and wake cycles, called a circadian rhythm. ⁣

In the case of shift workers and those dealing with extended periods of light/darkness, melatonin before bed can be extremely beneficial to getting a good night’s sleep. ⁣

When melatonin is used topically however, it plays a whole different role! Topically applied melatonin found in skin care products, has been found to act as an ANTIOXIDANT for the skin. Much like other topical skin actives like Vitamins C and E, antioxidants function in the prevention of aging due to environmental factors (pollution, UV rays, etc). ⁣

One of the most exciting findings seems to be the role of melatonin in protection against UV damage and burning. There are only about 4 human studies at this time (and 16 experimental studies), but it has been found that melatonin is a safe and effective topical product. Due to it’s 𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐗𝐈𝐃𝐀𝐍𝐓 and 𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐈-𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐋𝐀𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 profile, topical melatonin when 𝐔𝐒𝐄𝐃 𝐀𝐋𝐎𝐍𝐆 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐒𝐔𝐍𝐒𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐍 may be a useful addition to a sun protective routine. ⁣

𝐈𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐓’𝐒 𝐎𝐖𝐍. 𝐈𝐭 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐛𝐞 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧.⁣

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