- Jimmy Featherstone, 22, from Hull, East Yorkshire, buys illegal products online
- At the age of 18, after getting her first tanning injection, she was bed-bound for two days.
- Sarah Kayat warns that uncontrolled injections can cause ‘significant harm’
A man who spent £1000 on his fake tanning addiction has been warned that he could ‘kill himself’ by injecting illegal melanin products he bought online.
Jimmy Featherstone, 22, of Hull, East Yorkshire, felt ‘really hot and sick’ in bed for two days after using fake tanning injections for the first time at the age of 18.
But that didn’t stop him from buying unregulated products online and continuing to inject himself with tanning agents, which work by pumping your body up with a synthetic hormone that boosts melanin production.
Appearing on This Morning, Dr Sarah Kayat warned that there has been little research on the safety of jabs, which can cause ‘significant harm’ to users.
Jimmy Featherstone, 22, from Hull, East Yorkshire, spends £1000 on his fake tanning addiction – which involves using illegal melanin products he buys online
Jimmy began using tanning products and sun-beds at age 15 after being inspired by his glamorous mother, but soon graduated to using injectable tanning agents .
‘You can only buy them online,’ Jimmy said. ‘You get them within two to three days and they come in small pots, and you do it everyday.
‘The first time I did that I was 18. I was in bed for about two days. I was really bad, I was really hot and sick. I still do it and I think I have got used to what the liquid does to my body.’
Asked why she is so determined to darken her skin, she said: ‘I find once I get tanned it makes me better. I do not leave the house without a body.
Appearing on This Morning, Jimmy revealed that he felt ‘really hot and sick’ in bed on day two after using fake tanning injections for the first time at the age of 18.
‘It makes me feel good about myself, some people don’t even leave the house without makeup. I will not go without body.’
But Dr. Sarah cautions that illegal injections can hide other chemicals advertised by the product, and it’s impossible to know the side effects of these products.
‘These injections are illegal in the UK,’ she said. ‘This means they are unregulated, first of all they have no safety or effectiveness or quality ratings. We don’t know the possible side effects it can have on your body.
‘We don’t know what else is in them other than the advertised tanning agent. There may be other chemicals in there that can cause significant damage. Because they are unchecked, it is not something we can promote.’
Although Jimmy argued with the doctor: ‘But the results for me, they work, therefore.’
Dr Sarah Kayat cautioned that there is little research into the safety behind the injections, and that it could cause ‘significant harm’ to users.
Jimmy argued that he adheres to his injectable tanning agent, as the product suggests, but the doctor said ‘there is no safe way to tan’
He replied: ‘There are many things in this world that work but are they harming you? Inevitably you will potentially be killing yourself for a tan’.
Jimmy argued that he adheres to his injectable tanning agent, as the product suggests.
Dr Sara continued: ‘Unfortunately, there is no safe way to tan. We know that sun beds can increase your risk of skin cancer by up to 20 percent.
‘The way these work is they are synthetic hormones that work to trigger your pigment cells to produce more melanin in your skin and combined with the sun will accentuate it even more and give you a more tan. But both the things together are not safe.
Jimmy reveals his ambitions for first appearance Her ‘fantastic plastic’ sculpture – a Cane doll, and spends £10,000 a year on cosmetic work including lip fillers, cheek fillers, botox and veneers.
Jimmy has previously revealed his ambitions to look like his ‘fantastic plastic’ idol – a Ken doll, and spends £10,000 a year on cosmetic work including lip fillers, cheek fillers, botox and veneers.
He said: ‘I’ve always been someone who wants to stand out from the crowd.
‘And now I want to look a little more out there than I used to, I want to look more plastic, that’s the beauty I love.
‘If I had to describe what I wanted to look like it would be a Ken doll, I think that plastic is fabulous and looks amazing.
‘I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t care, I’m doing what makes me happy.’
Jimmy, who says he wants to do further nose work, is currently doing promotional work at his friend’s boutique in Hull.
He is set to appear in an upcoming reality TV show, which he describes as the ‘Yorkshire version of TOWIE’, which has no name or release date yet.