I’m 21 & so tanned thanks to my 15-minute sunbeds – I know the risks & trolls call me ‘haggard’ but I’ll take the risk | The Sun
29th November 2023

A 21-YEAR-OLD sunbed lover who's been warned she'll look 'haggard' down the line has revealed she's willing to take the risks just to look bronzed.

Some of us have embraced our fair complexion, whilst others are ready to do just about anything to achieve that sunkissed glow – and Olivia Megan Mitchell, 21, is one of them.

The young woman, who's been brutally slated by trolls over her obsession, is an avid fan of sunbeds, nasal sprays and different creams to change her skintone.

Whilst popping to the local sunbed shop may seem totally harmless, Britain's love for a golden skin comes with a number of health-related risks, experts have warned.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), sunbeds are as dangerous as smoking, and many organisations have even linked the tanning practise to cancer.

There is significant evidence to show that using tanning beds causes melanoma, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported.

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As well as causing premature ageing, the agency also added that sunbeds increase the risk of skin cancer by up to 20 per cent, and also state that they have no positive benefits to our health.

Although some beauty fanatics love to think that tanning beds are safer than sitting out in the midday sun, according to Cancer Research, the risk is still twice as high when compared to spending the same amount of time in the Mediterranean sun at lunch time.

Similarly to enjoying sunbeds, nasal sprays, too, can lead to a temporary darkening of your skin when inhaled.

Nasal sprays' main active ingredient is melanotan, which helps drive the process of pigmentation production.

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However, dermatologists are cautioning against the use of nasal tanning sprays as the list of dangerous and potentially life-threatening long-term side effects far outweighs the temporary cosmetic benefits, Accident Claims Advice warned.

Despite the risks – and some countries, such as Australia and Brazil even banning sunbeds – Olivia proudly announced that it's one she is willing to take, as long as it gives the perfect bronzed skin.

To make sure she's super tanned in winter, the blonde stunner will start her routine with special nasal sprays and will then pop to the nearby tanning shop, where she will soak up the harmful UV rays for a whopping 15 minutes.

According to Olivia, who shared the beauty regime on TikTok, she will usually do this once a week and insisted the results were ''amazing''.

The beauty fanatic went on the caption of the clip: ''Everyone always asks how I'm so tanned – also in NO way am I recommending sunbeds and nasals as I know the risks!

''So I do not recommend them at all. They are not good for you but it's just a risk I take.''

However, despite being all chuffed with her tanned complexion, the 21-year-old found herself slammed on the platform, as dozens raced to comment.

''That’s sooo bad for you,'' one penned, as another recently said she'll look ''haggard'' in her 30s.

''Be careful girl you’ll age your young skin,'' someone else warned.

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''I don’t know what the obsession is with girls go on sunbeds,'' a viewer was totally baffled.

Meanwhile, another expert also advised the stunner to steer clear of nasal sprays, writing: ''A girl I know was using them, got cancer and was told it came from her nose because of the nasals.''

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