Say goodbye to spray-on tans that look orange, and hello to a plant extract that causes any skin type to actually tan. The best part? It boosts natural resistance to skin cancer, too. Scientists have created a compound using this chemical, and it’s headed for human trials. Used along with sunscreen, it causes a temporary boost in melanin, the natural skin pigment found in most humans to varying degrees. The researchers were able to prove that it works in mice with the MC1R redhead gene. Now, they just need to put it to the test in humans.
If the trials are successful, even people who always turn pink in the sun will be able to tan — all without the accompanying damage to the skin from UV radiation. It would also eliminate the need for “spray-on” tans, which don’t afford any protection from sun damage. The principal advantage to the compound scientists created is that it provides an actual melanin boost, which offers that protection.