Scientists Reveal New Tanning DRUG For The Fair-Skinned
There’s some amazing news for those with lily white limbs, a saviour has arrived that doesn’t wear off looking like you have leprosy.
It would seem that scientists have come up with a drug that could help people tan without any exposure to the fun, potentially reducing the risk of skin cancer.
This is how it works:
The drug stimulates cells that produce the pigment that absorbs ultra-violet light, according to researchers quoted in the US Journal Cell Reports.
Applied as a cream to the skin, the drug allowed red-haired mice to develop a deep tan.
Just like humans, the mice are susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun's ultra-violet rays.
The results were actually founded 10 years ago, but it has taken scientists that long to determine how to make much thicker human skin absorb the substance.
The scientists tested the substance on samples of human skin kept in laboratories and found that it darkened in proportion to the dosage applied.
The tan lasted for several day before fading away naturally, like a regular sun tan.
In animal tests, red-haired mice became "almost jet black in a day or two with a strong enough dose", the researchers observed.
When the dosage was removed, normal skin cell regeneration meant the colour faded within a week or so.
Scientists say the long-term aim would be to create a cream that develops a tan without exposure to sunlight but which also absorbs harmful UV rays like traditional sun screens.
Source: 9 News