The latest trend of using Coca-Cola to help enhance your perfect summer glow has been dubbed ‘dangerous’ by dermatologists.

The innovative idea, which originated in the UK last year, has resurfaced following the heat wave that hit the UK last week, Allure has reported.

However dermatologists have claimed the new cosmetic trend is can be dangerous, as it will not only stain the skin but it can also cause a greater risk of sun burn.

The director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Joshua Zeichner, said: ‘While some feel that Coca-Cola can speed up your tan, it actually can be dangerous, and I recommend staying away from it.

‘Applying it to the 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.

‘Ultimately, this may increase your risk of a sun burn.’

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