Woman snorts fake tan to get a bronzed glow
A woman who absolutely loves to be bronzed doesn’t just slather herself in tanning cream and hit the sunbed – she snorts fake tan, too.
Not regular fake tan or bronzing powder racked up in a line, to be clear.
Jamie McBride, 28, uses a special nasal spray to snort up a product that claims to deepen tans, choosing this method because a fear of needles stopped her trying tanning injections.
The spray is banned and unlicensed in the UK, and there hasn’t been research into the risks it could pose – or even whether it works. But that won’t stop Jamie from sniffing up the stuff.
The stay-at-home mum says she hasn’t experienced any side-effects of snorting fake tan, and says her bronzed glow is worth the worry.
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.’
Before discovering nasal tanners, Jamie began hitting the sunbeds. She started out going to tanning salons twice a week, then three or four times. Now she’s cut back to one session a week as she claims the nasal spray does the job for her.
She’s tried artificial tan before but hated the smell… so started sniffing up a tan deepener instead.
‘Between buying nasal sprays and block minutes on the sunbeds, I must have spent a fortune on tanning over the years,’ says Jamie. ‘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 spray claims to function in the same way as a lot of the tanning pills you’ll find online, containing a chemical they claim stimulates melanin production.
‘They come in a small bottle with a nasal spray top,’ Jamie explains. ‘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.
‘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.’
Like tanning injections and pills, nasal tanning sprays are available online, which is how Jamie gets hers for £20 a bottle.
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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