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Toria Sheffield
June 15, 2017 6:40 am

In the latest beauty trend that NONE of us should try: people are apparently using Coca-Cola as tanning oil, and this is not a good idea, guys!

According to Allure.com, the trend entails coating one’s body in Coca-Cola before heading out into the sun, with the idea that it will give you a “deeper” tan. And while this practice might make you look *temporarily* darker (because coke contains caramel-colored dye), it is definitely NOT good for you and your skin. Remember, coke has zero SPF (because…it’s a drink), meaning you’re heading outside with literally zero protection from harmful UV rays.

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Dr. Mona Gohara wrote about the trend for Fitness Magazine, writing,  “As a dermatologist, I can really only say one thing. BAG IT. Besides the fact that it is gross and sticky (do you want flies with that burn?), it’s also a one-way ticket to developing cancer and wrinkles.”

Gohara went on to remind us that, “no tan is a good tan when it comes to skin health,” and implored us to use products with high SPFs.

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If you’re looking for that golden bronzed look, try some good quality bottle tans, like Jergens Natural Glow products or Kiehl’s Sun Free Self-Tanning Formula. Or go here for a list of all the best sunless tanners.

Trust us, your skin will thank you!

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