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Nasal tanning product warning

2nd August 2011

The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned people not to use a nasal tanning spray that is on sale in the UK.

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The MHRA said the product, known as the Ubertan Sunless Tanning System, was not licensed for sale and therefore had undergone no safety testing.

The agency said it was illegal to sell or advertise the product.

BBC Newsbeat reported that it had spoken to a woman from Coventry, Nicole Froggett, who had bought and used Ubertan nasal spray.

Nicole told the BBC that she was so pale that fake tan and sunbeds did not give her a tan. She bought the product, which is meant to be used twice a day for two weeks.

The first time she tried the spray, she described the sensation: "You feel a bit dizzy and you get a head rush like you've had your first cigarette of the day."

"I started to feel sick, but it wore off after two hours." 

The company's website says: "Ubertan is not a fake spray tan and is made from the all natural extract of an Indian tropical plant called the Indian Coleus."

However Claire Tilstone, from the MHRA, is concerned that people who try the nasal spray could have dangerous side effects.

She said: "Ubertan or any other nasal tanning spray hasn't undergone testing to show it's safe or that it even works. At best it's a waste of money, at worse it can seriously damage your health."

"Don't use this product, throw it away if you have already bought it and don't buy any more." 

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