Research performed on rats may revolutionize the world of self-tanning creams. The tanning creams available today are typically dyes, offering no protection from the dangers of sun exposure. The new cream developed in the rat lab actually reduces the incidence of skin cancer by turning the skin a golden bronze, without sun exposure. The pigment of the skin is changed in much the same way as occurs with a sun tan. The cream has only been tested in mice, so the safety in humans is completely unknown. This may be the next generation of skin tanners; but for the present, continue to get color from a bottle, not the sun.