Viral challenges have been circulating for a while now. They consist of anything from eating a spoonful of cinnamon to inhaling a condom and have been quite popular with teenagers. Thanks to the internet, videos of the challenges have been shared widely, prompting more and more people to try them.

Unfortunately, many of these challenges are incredibly dangerous and can even be deadly, but that hasn’t stopped their popularity. The latest “salt and ice challenge” is no different and those who attempt it are actually inflicting painful and permanent damage to their bodies.

The salt and ice challenge consists of a person placing salt on a small area of their body, usually the forearm, and then placing an ice cube on top. It sounds simple and harmless, but it is anything but.

For now, check out the video below to see the salt and ice challenge for yourself. Don’t be an idiot, though. Do not try this at home! Leave your skin alone and use the salt and ice for making margaritas, instead.

The Ice and Salt Challenge:

Normally, an ice cube would melt when held against someone’s skin. It would be cold, but not cold enough to cause frostbite. However, adding salt causes a eutectic frigorific mixture to be produced.

This is basically a substance created from two components mixed together that has an equilibrium temperature which differs from either component before mixing.