HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO USE A SUNBED? 

Anybody aged 18 and over is the legal requirement

 

HOW MANY TIME A WEEK CAN I SENSIBLY USE A SUNBED?

People with skin type 1; people on certain medications that may cause photosensitivity; people with a history of skin cancer in their family should not use sunbeds at all. Moderate tanning 2-3 sessions a week is ok for everyone else but ensure you rest your skin for a minimum of 24 hours to 48 hours. European standard advises not to exceed 60 sessions per annum. 

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD UP A TAN? 

Building a tan is dependent on skin type and the condition of the skin. Dry skin reflects light and as the cells shed more frequently, any tan developed does not last. Fair skin tans more quickly whereas medium and dark skin types are more resistant to the tanning process, requiring more sessions. The time taken to build a tan varies dependant on many factors, but on average, a base tan can be developed between 3 and 5 sessions. You are able to maximise your tanning potential by ensuring that the skin is fully exfoliated and thoroughly moisturised. We stock a wide range of UV lotions that encourage the tanning process as well as replace moisture lost during your session. Our tanning consultants are trained to help you find a lotion to suit your preferences and tanning requirements.

 

ARE SUNBEDS GOOD FOR VITAMIN D? 

Yes! There is a wealth of research citing responsible use of UV light as the best source of Vitamin D. All life on earth is in some way reliant on sunlight to thrive and humans are no different. Vitamin D is essential for development, maintenance and function of many systems in the human body as well as for the prevention of chronic illnesses and the promotion of health and well being.

Outdoor sunlight is in short supply in the northern hemisphere, we even joke about the lack of the British summertime! This in turn leads to an increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency. Using a responsible indoor tanning package is not only tailored to your skin type, it is an efficient use of time. A recent study stated that we would need to be in outdoor sunlight for 130 minutes in Autumn and Winter in order to produce this essential hormone!

Using a UV tanning bed regularly for a session length suited for your skin type is a great way to help promote and boost your Vitamin D levels.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A SUNBED? 

Sunbeds offer a controlled way to tan and can provide appropriate levels of 

UV to ensure sufficient levels of vitamin D are achieved and maintained. Tanning in sunlight means the body can be subjected to different levels of UV rays, depending on the time of day, location in the world, month of the year and so on. With a sunbed, a tanning programme can be developed to ensure skin type, and the type of sunbed being used, are taken into consideration to ensure that over exposure, including the possibllity of burning is avioded.

 

IS UNPROTECTED SUN EXPOSURE UNHEATHLY?

Although precautions do need to be taken, regular, moderate amounts of unprotected UV exposure are absolutely necessary for good health! Independent scientific research has shown that wether you live in a sunny or not-so sunny climate, but expose yourself to sun, then your subsequent increased production of vitamin D will help lower the risk of a host of debilitating and fatal diseases including colon, breast, prostate and ovarian cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 1 diabetes, multiples sclerosis and depression.

 

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