A RECENT survey carried out by supermarket chain Asda has revealed that up to 20 per cent of Britons turn to cooking oil for a slick tan instead of using sun cream.
The craze became popular in the 1970’s to use sunflower oil to rub onto the skin to make it burn quicker, apparently giving a much darker tan more quickly.
However the practice soon died out following warnings about how dangerous and unhealthy it is.
According to Asda’s figures however, there has been a sharp increase in recent years to revive the trend while medical professionals continue to strongly advise against it.
Experts say that cooking oil does not contain any protection to UVA rays and actually heats up the skin exposed to the sun, causing burns and damaging tissue.
Many people still use coconut oil, baby oil and carrot oil to increase their tanning but these can also reportedly prove highly dangerous and no kind of protection whatsoever.
Despite the many warnings against the practice, many beauty blogs online still recommend the use of these oils.