Beauty

People are using Coca-Cola as tanning oil

Why tho.

By Meg Bellemore
coca-cola as tanning oil

Today in beauty world, the internet is outraged over the revelation that A) People who are still sun-baking in 2017, (which TBH is pretty shocking) and B) They are choosing to coat up in Coca-Cola instead of tanning oil, to get that deep bronze glow.

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Our first reaction to this trending topic was why? And our second reaction was—HOLD UP. Peter Andre invented this technique in the '90s, did he not? This is not news guys, it’s like, the most retro tanning myth in the book.

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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.

What she claimed to be the secret to his perma-tan then went viral and some of us may or may not have tried it real quick when we were young and very naive and bored on school holidays. (Can confirm it's NOT effective, but weirdly, not sticky like you'd expect.)

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 conclusion it's the worst idea ever, and obviously, the only safe tan is a fake tan.

And we really hope Pete's traded the soft drink for SPF a decade on.