How far will you go for a tan? The Costas? The Caribbean?
The sunbed parlour for a dice with skin cancer, or the latest route – which takes you via a potential heart attack?
People are now sniffing an illegal, unlicensed product packed with God knows what straight up their nostrils in the hope it will turn them brown. Ubertan, at a whopping £50, promises to activate the skin’s natural tanning ability without the sun.
But the product has never been tested; and no-one yet knows what it actually contains.
The packaging and company website (which now seems to be unavailable) states only that the contents are plant extract-based (er, aren’t many lethal forms of poison?).
But investigations show users risk low blood pressure and a higher heart rate – which in extremes could cause heart failure and permanent brain damage.
To me, the clue would have been in the potential side-effects the makers ARE keen to share with customers – a suppressed appetite and an increased libido.
A triple whammy, clearly designed to appeal to the very stupid and very vain.
I can get brown, thinner and sexier? Gimme gimme.