I'm a tan addict and I love getting sunbeds – my mum warns me I'll get cancer but I'd rather die hot than ugly | The Sun

I'm a tan addict and I love getting sunbeds – my mum warns me I'll get cancer but I'd rather die hot than ugly | The Sun

A YOUNG woman has revealed that she is a tanning addict and loves getting sunbeds to get a deep, golden glow.

Despite the dangers and risks involved with such tanning practices, the beauty fan recently took to social media to share her tanning routine.

Hollie Evelyn explained that she uses sunbeds, accelerator creams and nasal sprays to get her dark colour. 

Such creams and sprays contain specific ingredients that are absorbed into the skin to encourage the movement of melanocytes to the surface of the skin, maximising the tanning potential of a sunbed session. 

The beauty fan recently took to TikTok to reveal her tanning addiction, as she posted a clip with the caption ‘It’s a problem but I’d rather die hot than live ugly I guess.’

Hollie shared her clip alongside the hashtag #yolo and in the video we saw her wearing a black strappy top as she sat on her bed. 

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The brunette woman explained that her mum often says to her: “Stop getting sunbeds, you have too many moles, you’re going to get skin cancer.”

However, Hollie explained that she doesn’t listen to her mum’s advice and still goes ahead and gets sunbeds anyway.

She said: “Me getting sunbeds anyways because I am an addict and have tan dysmorphia (feel pale when in fact you are the tannest in the room).”

People who are addicted to tanning often deal with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

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According to the NHS, BDD is a condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance and these flaws are often unnoticeable to others.

Hollie’s clip has clearly shocked many, as it has quickly amassed a whopping 778.3k views.

It has 20.2k likes, 152 comments and 149 shares.

While many people took to the comments to warn Hollie of the dangers of such practices, many women revealed that they could relate to the beauty fan.

One woman explained: “Omg I feel this.”

A second agreed: “SAME GIRL.”

Whilst another user posted: “Screams me.”

At the same time, one woman warned Hollie of the dangers and said: “Do your research Angel. Your mum is right! Mine was and unfortunately I ended up with cancer, my biggest regret is tan beds.” 

Another added: “Girl. Tanning lotion exists. Google images of skin cancer from tanning beds and you’ll maybe care then.” 

A third commented: “Oh hunny. Please you do not want to die young of skin cancer. is terrible way to die.”

Someone else chimed in: “Until your skin is paper and you look haggard.”

Whilst another TikTok user noted: “This is kinda insensitive to those been/going through skin cancer. Lets hope it never happens to you! You wouldn’t be joking around if it did.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), sunbeds are as dangerous as smoking.

Like the sun, they give out harmful UV rays that damage the DNA in your skin cells.

Over time, this may lead to malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – studies have shown.

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

They report 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.

Cancer Research backed this statistic, adding that " there is no such thing as a safe tan from UV radiation".

When it comes to nasal sprays, some nasal spray sellers insist their products are safe – but the British Association of Dermatologists' Dr Catherine Borysiewicz says the only safe tan is fake tan.

She said: These products have not been studied properly, you don’t know what you are using, that’s the bottom line.

"These products are very, very dangerous. They can potentially lead to cancer.

"I talk about the skin risks, but who knows what else it might be doing. It’s incredibly worrying.

"If you’re using Melanotan, stop. Don’t use it any more and really importantly make sure your skin is assessed and checked.

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"Be honest with the doctors that you’re seeing so they’re aware of the potential risks you may have been exposed to so your moles can be properly checked and analysed if needed."

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