Some people think their natural skin color is not good enough so they try to alter it. People with dark skins are bleaching to have light skins whereas people with light skins are tanning to have dark skins.
For those tanning, they mostly expose their skins to ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight or from artificial sources. But before they do so, some apply creams or other substances, including Coca-Cola on their skins, hoping to get the perfect skin color they are looking for.
However, they are unaware that the substances being applied to the body for tanning purposes have adverse effects on the skin. Recently, a skin expert has warned that using Coca-Cola to tan the skin makes it susceptible to diseases, including cancer.
In the West, many people have been deceived to believe that using Coca-Cola on the skin speeds up the tanning process and gives a perfect brown skin. This deceit makes people rub Coca-Cola all over their bodies just before sunbath.
It is claimed that Coca-Cola gives a bit more tanned, temporary brown glaze due to the presence of caramel dye. This makes many people think Coca-Cola is indeed good for tanning, motivating them to use it like a tanning oil.
But British facialist and skincare expert Andy Millward say Coca-Cola doesn’t give the desired color, but rather stains the skin. This reduces the effectiveness of the skin, and once it becomes vulnerable, it can’t resist diseases.
“I actually can’t believe the stupidity of the internet sometimes. Who in their right mind would think putting Coca-Cola on their skin was a good idea? Let alone to then go back in the sun with it on!” Millward voiced his frustration over the practice to Metro.co.uk.
Millward adds Coca-Cola’s high acidity level (it has a pH of 2.37) can be extremely damaging to the skin, especially when exposed to sunlight. He says Coca-Cola corrodes the skin’s natural barrier function, and speeds up the tanning process leaving it open to all kinds of damage and burns.
Going out in the sun with no protection is dangerous, but to put something on your skin that actually accelerates the damage is a truly terrible idea. Millward highlighted some of the unorthodox use of Coca-Cola to prove the danger involves using the drink on the skin:
“Some people use it [Coca-Cola] to clean drains and jewellery. That shows how corrosive it is. The effects from using Coca-Cola, which is loaded with citric acid, would be similar to exfoliating or peeling the skin with acid and then going in the sun. I would imagine the increase in tan is more of a result of less natural protection and increased free radical damage, rather than any so-called effect from the “caramel”.