Marian Keyes risked death with 'soothing cream' she bought from 'dodgy' website
Marian Keyes risked death trying to ease the pain of laser hair removal, the novelist has revealed.
After a “horrific” first treatment, the 51-year-old revealed she covered her legs in a local anaesthetic cream she bought from a “dodgy” website before wrapping them in cling film.
The Irish novelist then dressed and boarded a plane, where she said she felt “euphoric” from the cream which had entered her blood stream.
But doctors have warned that applying too much cream can you put you at risk of ‘anaesthetic toxicity’ – which is potentially life threatening.
Speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, the author, who has sold more than 30 million copies of her novels worldwide, said: “You will weep with the pain. You will cry your eyes out. This is only my story. Please don’t do this.
"The first time I had the lasering done it was horrific. I couldn’t imagine that something would hurt so much. It’s very painful and very pricey.
“I covered myself in the cream and then wrapped myself in cling film and put my jeans on and apparently you’re not meant to do this as there’s a small chance you could die. I didn’t care. I just thought as long as it works.
“So after I put the cream on I felt no pain and it was really lovely. But I had to get a flight afterwards and whatever was in the cream had obviously gone into my blood stream because I was on top form. I was flying it. I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. Even now I’m getting euphoric recall.
On Monday, dermatologist Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, told the Daily Mail that Marian was “really lucky to get away with it”.
She said: "We never advise patients to use aesthetic creams without consulting a healthcare professional."
Talking about why she had the procedure in the first place, Ms Keyes said: “I used to have the hairiest legs in Ireland and as a feminist it shouldn’t matter but it does. I was getting my legs waxed month in and month out but [the hair] always grew back.”
The novelist was at the festival promoting her latest book Making it up as I Go Along.