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KOS, GREECE - JUNE 03: A man relaxes under parasols on the beach front on June 03, 2015 in Kos, Greece. The Island has recently seen a drop in tourist numbers which has been attributed to negative reports on the migrant crisis that is continuing to grip the area. Many migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey. Around 30,000 migrants have entered Greece so far in 2015, with the country calling for more help from its European Union counterparts. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

You’d have to think out of the box to try this in the first place, but in case it has ever crossed your mind, steer clear!

A good tan is easily a staple part of any savvy summer-goer’s checklist! It’s apparently so important, in fact, that some will go to extreme and downright strange lengths just to get a good tan. From an article courtesy of Foodbeast, we learned that one of these methods is swapping sunscreen or tanning oil for Coca-Cola in order to capitalize on the popular soda’s coloring. However, according to clinical research, applying Coca-Cola to one’s skin will actually make your skin burn far more easily than normal. In technical terms, “the acids in Coke can wash away layers of dead skin cells, letting more ultraviolet light in”. In other words, save the soda for drinking and stick to the tried-and-true methods of tanning — your skin will thank you!

Have you ever used any unconventional tanning methods? What were they and how did it turn out? Share your experiences @TheMRLshow