It's summer, and in addition to people wanting to take advantage of the rooftop bars and free outdoor movies and beaches and nice bike rides and other wonderful things that make up for the hot garbage smell, people want to get a tan. But apparently some people prefer to use Coca-Cola as a self-tanner instead of the sun's natural rays. What a bad idea!
At first, you might think this is a great idea. Coca-Cola is brown, which is close enough to the color you're trying to get to. And given the awesome things it does to your teeth, perhaps the use of Coke as a tanning agent could help strip your skin from your body and give you the sweet release of death and freedom from the news cycle that you desperately crave. Bad news though: the soda tanning method won't strip off your skin and might just give you a really bad sunburn instead.
There may not be that many people doing it, since as Cosmopolitan points out, the idea of pouring disgusting sticky soda on yourself and then sitting out in the sun dates back to the 90s. However, just in case you were planning on doing it, Allure talked to an actual doctor about it, and wow turns out doctors think you shouldn't do this.
Slathering soda all over your 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," Mount Sinai's Joshua Zeichner told the beauty magazine. "Ultimately, this may increase your risk of a sun burn."
Wow what a terrible idea. Like I said above, there are way better ways to enjoy yourself in the summer that don't involve becoming a walking ant feeding frenzy, so do all of those instead of pouring soda on yourself. Also, this is a great reminder that even if you do forget your sunscreen, the Parks Department is giving it away for free at city beaches this year.