Mum SNORTS fake tan in extreme bid to be bronzed despite warnings she’s risking her health
Stay-at-home mum Jamie McBride firmly believes the mantra ‘bronze is beautiful’.
And the 28-year-old is going to extreme lengths to achieve her perfect look – by SNORTING fake tan .
She has a fear of needles and so had never tried tanning injections, which are illegal but can be bought online.
Then two years ago Jamie, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, discovered the nasal spray which deepens tans.
It is also banned and unlicensed and experts have warned that those using it are risking their health.
But Jamie insists she has suffered from no side-effects and is adamant the golden glow she has is worth the risk.
She said: “I first found out about nasal tanners when a few friends tried them.
“They recommended them, since they know I don’t like needles and would never inject myself.
“Like using anything you don’t know much about, putting it into my body does worry me, but everyone else I know who has used them has been okay, so I’ll be fine.
“I feel more beautiful and glowing with a tan, but I hate false tan, the smell of it, and how patchy it goes. With a nice tan, you always feel better – I think everyone can agree on that.”
Jamie first started using sunbeds when she was just 18 and also tried fake tan, although she hates the smell.
Next came Holland & Barrett Tan Tablets, consisting of PABA, L-Tyrosine and copper, which contribute to normal skin pigmentation.
Initially, hitting the tanning salon for sunbed sessions twice a week over the years, that increased to three or four times.
Jamie said: “I can now do 15 minutes at a time on the lie down beds, and don’t burn.”
“Between buying nasal sprays and block minutes on the sunbeds, I must have spent a fortune on tanning over the years. I wouldn’t even be able to guess how much.
“It’s not that I feel bad when I’m pale – it’s more I’ll see someone with a lovely tan and think, ‘Oh my god I need to go for a sunbed,’ and think I’m pale when I’m not.”
The nasal tanning sprays include a chemical claimed to stimulate melanin production.
Jamie said: “They come in a small bottle with a nasal spray top. I keep them in the fridge and take one spray up each nostril once a day for a few days to let it build up in my system.
“Then, if I’m having sunbeds too, I’ll up it to two sprays a day – once in the morning, and once before bed.
“At first, I thought they were giving me headaches , so I stopped using them, but the migraines continued. In the end, it turned out I needed stronger glasses, so I wouldn’t say I have personally had any side effects.”
Like tanning injections, nasal tanning sprays are available online and cost between £20 and £25.
Jamie said: “In this day and age, everyone has, at some point, used a sunbed or tried a spray or injection, just to see what all the fuss is about.
“If anybody did try to criticise me, I wouldn’t listen anyway, because at the end of the day, it’s my body.
“People are quick to judge, but everyone I know who has tried them loves them, and has had great results.
“Plus, I haven’t had any side effects that would make me think otherwise.
“As with everything, there is always a risk, so if you feel it isn’t right, then fine – don’t do it.
“But don’t judge others for wanting a tan to feel better about themselves. Everyone has their own opinion, and this is mine.”
A spokesperson for the Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warned against the use of tanning injections and related products containing melanotan.
They said: “Melanotan is not a licensed medicine and therefore its quality and safety has not been tested; no information is held on where or how it is made nor what it contains.
“The fact that it is injected also raises serious questions. Anyone injecting themselves with an unlicensed product is risking their health. It may cause serious and long-term side effects.
“Our advice is not to use it and if you have used it and suffered side effects, speak to your doctor and report it to us through our Yellow Card Scheme.”
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