Mum Snorts Fake Tan Daily To Get Bronzed Skin
Jamie McBride believes that, 'with a nice tan, you always feel better - I think everyone can agree on that'.
And while we may all agree on that, there probably isn't the same consensus when it comes to snorting your way to bronze skin.
Jamie, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been having sunbed sessions since her teens, however, two years ago, she decided to up her game.
The 28-year-old stay-at-home mum didn't want to apply fake tan to her skin because she hates the smell, and she swerved injections due to a fear of needles - so she began snorting.
To clarify, Jamie didn't start hoovering up regular fake tan, rather she began using a nasal tanning spray, which is illegal and unlicensed in the UK.
Jamie 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."
Jamie goes through periods of using the £20 - £25 spray on a daily basis, while also regularly hitting the beds.
She 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.
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"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."
Despite a lack of research into the risks of using the spray, or whether it even works, Jamie says critics are better off worrying about their own bodies.
She 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.
She 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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