Self-tanning is not new in our society. Neither is using any type of tools to get that bronze look, especially different types of lotion. However, there is one type of material that people are turning to for a tan, and it comes from an unlikely source…Coca-Cola!!!
That’s right! The soft drink simply known as Coke is increasing becoming a quick resource for sunbathers to use on their skin. While it appears to be new, the concept has actually been around for years, according to Cosmopolitan:
Jordan, aka, Katie Price, who was married to Pete back in 2005, revealed his “tanning trick” to ELLE magazine years ago.
“He lies on the beach and covers himself in Coke,” she said.
Though it may have been effective, depending on who you would ask, it is extremely dangerous according to the article.
Dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D. wrote an article on this topic for Fitness Magazine and confirmed there’s no scientific evidence to suggest pouring a bottle of Coca-Cola on your body will accelerate your tan in any way, but it will harm your skin.
“It’s a one-way ticket to developing cancer and wrinkles,” she said.
Why did this become a thing in the first place? It could be because of the caramel dyes in Coca-Cola that give the illusion of a deeper tan.
“Applying [Coca-Cola] to the skin may lead to a temporary darkening or staining of the skin, but because sodas are acidic, it may exfoliate dead cells, enhancing the ability of UV light penetrate into the skin. Ultimately, this may increase your risk of a sun burn,” Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner told Allure. Yikes!
In other words, if you are considering a tan, don’t use Coke or any soft drink for that matter.
Article Courtesy of Allure, Cosmopolitian, and 93.1 WZAK-FM Cleveland
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