Dangerous trend: Cola is used as a tanning agent
In the summer months, many people use the sunny days to get a natural tan. Some want to speed up this process and use tanning agents. In the meantime, you can always read about a peculiar beauty trend: Coca Cola should therefore ensure a particularly attractive complexion. However, health experts warn against using the soft drink as a self-tanner.
Sunbathing is a health hazard
Many Germans love to lie in the sun at hot temperatures. However, health experts repeatedly point out that the tan achieved by sunbathing is not healthy. The skin should be protected from excessive UV radiation. Some people prefer to stay in the shade anyway, the skin tans there too. And apparently there are also people who hope that Coca Cola will help them get a more attractive complexion. However, the soft drink can be dangerous for the skin.
According to dermatologists, you should always avoid burning your skin while sunbathing, as each individual sunburn is added to your own skin account. This increases the risk of skin cancer.
When it comes to sun protection, it depends on the skin type. The lighter the skin, the more protection is required. In addition, one should be guided by the UV index, which can be called up online daily.
In order to prevent sunburn, it is important not to save on applying cream. It is also advised to stay in the shade a lot.
Soft drink can be dangerous for the skin
But what does not help is to lubricate his body with Coca Cola. One should think that there is no need to point this out, but there are actually people who do so in the hope of getting a fairer complexion and generally tanning faster.
For example, according to the American women's magazine “Allure”, Coca Cola became a trend as a tanning agent because the drink contains a caramel-colored dye that could contribute to a bronze skin tone.
Dermatologist Joshua Draftsman from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York warns in the magazine of the strange trend: "Even if some think that Coca Cola can speed up the tan, it can actually be dangerous and I recommend to leave it."
The doctor explained: “Applying it to the skin can temporarily darken or color the skin, but because lemonades contain acid, it can flake off the skin, which means that UV light can penetrate the skin more intensely. Ultimately, this increases the risk of sunburn. "
Manufacturer of the soft drink has commented
The dermatologist recommends using a sunscreen that has at least a sun protection factor of 30 instead of lemonade.
In the meantime, the manufacturer of the soft drink has also reacted to the strange trend and writes on its website in response to the question of whether the drink can be used as a sunscreen:
"As much as we love Coca-Cola, we would not recommend using it that way. It has no sun protection factor at all - it is a drink! ”(Ad)