By Anthony Donatelli
Summertime is here and what better way to kick things off than with an ice cold Coca-Cola.
No no, you won’t be needing that bendy straw or an extra glass this year. Just pour it all over your body and use it as self tanner!
That’s seriously what people are doing and it’s very concerning. As bizarre as it sounds, it actually does work.
“The soda contains a caramel dye, which when applied to the skin, can give it that coveted characteristically bronzed tone,” according to Allure.
Just because it works DOES NOT mean it’s good for you.
Sun exposure is extremely dangerous and pouring a soft drink all over your body can make tanning worse, just ask Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“While some feel that Coca-Cola can speed up your tan, it actually can be dangerous, and I recommend staying away from it,” Zeichner told the outlet. “Applying it 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.”
So if you want to enjoy a Coke this summer, please just drink it like a normal human.