The beer tan TikTok trend: Healthy or harmful?

A new trend circulating on social media shows an unusual way to get a tan, but experts are urgently warning against the health hazard, calling it "too dangerous."

Beer on the skin has been said to give "the best tan ever" in a new TikTok trend, but the "hack" does more harm than good, experts warn.
Beer on the skin has been said to give "the best tan ever" in a new TikTok trend, but the "hack" does more harm than good, experts warn.  © Collage: Screenshot/TikTok/rrenriquez

Why is beer being used for more than just drinking on TikTok?

It seems some will do anything to get sun-kissed skin this summer, and thus, a new trend is making the rounds on the platform.

TikTok users have claimed using beer conjures up "the best tan ever" and is an inexpensive and quick way to look more tan.

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But experts describe the "hack" as downright dangerous, according to British tabloid The Sun.

Not only does the beer make your skin sticky and turns you into an insect magnet, it carries the risk of sun poisoning and skin cancer.

"I can barely believe this insanity exists," said Kathryn Clifford, co-founder of the skin cancer awareness organization Skcin.

The trend has "potentially very serious consequences," she warned.

Does beer help you sun tan?

Experts advise using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin.
Experts advise using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin.  © 123RF/haveseen

Does beer actually make you more bronze?

While the hops ingredient in beer is thought to possibly increase the body's production of melanin - what makes our skin darker – using just beer when out in the sun has grave consequences.

Sunbathing without putting on proper skin protection against a harmful amount of UV rays can lead to skin cancer.

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Skin cancer is "disproportionately high in young adults and one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15 to 34 age group - the same age group that uses this social platform more than any other," Clifford added.

She suggested the "harmful content" should be banned from TikTok to educate its users about the dangers of sun exposure and raise health awareness.

Although sunbathing in extreme moderation can be good for your mental health, experts urge to always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher to protect against harmful rays from the sun.

These rays can also have serious consequences besides skin cancer, like severe sunburn, painful skin damage, and premature skin aging.

The experts agree: steer clear of beer when staying in the sun.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/TikTok/rrenriquez

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