It seems like some crazy new tanning fad pops up every month or so, but this one really takes the cake... and washes it down with a nice cold glass of cola.
Our friends at The Skiny recently commented on a viral trend that involves soaking in Coca-Cola before sunbathing to enhance your tan.
Yes, you read that correctly -- there are people who believe dousing your body in Coca-Cola will give you that perfectly bronzed look we all desire so badly.
According to Global News, the fizzy myth was started back in 2006 by Australian entertainer Peter Andre.
Andre claimed that soaking in a bathtub full of Coca-Cola before he hit the beach would actually help him to get a deeper tan.
The statement set off a social media frenzy, and women everywhere began dumping two-liters of the sugary beverage into their bathtubs in hopes of achieving the perfect tan.
"The hack, which many swear by, is resurfacing again and is gaining so much momentum in the U.K. that Coca-Cola had to issue a statement on their website: “As much as we love Coca-Cola, we really wouldn’t recommend using it in this way. There is no sun protection factor in it at all – it’s a drink!”
As you might expect, dermatologists around the world agreed with Coca-Cola's statement.
One of these dermatology experts, Dr. Lisa Kellett from Toronto, even went as far as to say that trying this strange "tan hack" could have negative effects on your skin health.
"Some of the [ingredients] in it – like citric acid – can be an irritant to the skin,” Kellett said. “I don’t know if many are aware of this, but it also contains lime juice – and lime juice will actually make your skin more sensitive to sunlight."
Alas, it seems as though this weird shortcut to the perfect tan is nothing more than a rumor.
But, you can always look forward to next month's trendy tan tip, which involves smearing motor oil all over your body before you hit the beach (just kidding!).
Would you try this disgusting yet delicious tan hack if it actually worked? Let us know in the comments below!