Researchers have been testing a new drug which if commercialized it will prevent harmful damage to the skin through UV rays.
The team from Massachusetts General Hospital are at the early stages of a major breakthrough which is able to trick the skin into producing melanin in its brown form to create the darker pigmentation of skin.
So far the drug which is applied like sun cream has only been tested on skin samples and mice.
Not only will it help light skinned people fight strong sun exposure but it will also give the skin a tanning glow.
Researcher David Fisher who is involved with the project says it could particularly help those with ginger hair whose genetic mutation means their skin does not produce dark melanin when exposed to UV light.
Although Fisher's main goal is not to give all red heads a tan but help tackle skin cancer;
"Our real goal is a novel strategy for protecting skin from UV radiation and cancer."
"Dark pigment is associated with a lower risk of all forms of skin cancer - that would be really huge."
Fisher says more testing will need to be done before trialing on humans, but so far the team's tests have proven successful with "no hint of problems".