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Can I use a sunbed?

Most people are able to use a sunbed but there are exceptions. If you answer YES to any of the questions below, you must NOT use a sunbed:

Also, if you are on any medication or drugs, please check with your GP or pharmacist before using a sunbed as certain drugs make the skin more sensitive to UV light. If you are pregnant, consult your GP before use.

So you've completed the above checklist and answered NO to all the questions and want to use a sunbed because looking good and feeling great is what having a tan is all about and why 70% of us in the UK want one!

Whether it's an all-year-tan, a pre-holiday boost, vitamin D boost or you simply want to look good for that special occasion, a tan has never been more accessible.

How many times a week can I use a sunbed?

People with skin type 1; children under 18; people on certain medications that may cause photosensitivity and people with a history of skin cancer in their family should not use a sunbed at all. Moderate tanning of 2-3 sessions a week is OK for everyone else but ensure you rest the skin for a minimum of 24 hours between each session and at least 48 hours for skin type 2. The European Standard advises not to exceed 60 sessions per annum.

Your skin fully reacts to the sunbed 8 hours after use, so you can determine how it has effected your tan and assume on appropriate time to wait before your next session. Leave 48hrs between 1st and 2nd sessions

What is a sunbed session?

A sunbed session is the length of time it takes to reach an individual's MED (minimal erythemal dose). This is the point prior to over-exposure and burning, which must always be avoided. A session will therefore depend on the type of sunbed being used, the skin type of the person using it and the development point of their tan. Never sunbathe outdoors on the same day you take a sunbed session.

Why will some sunbed salons let me use their sunbeds for longer sessions?

This depends entirely upon the type of sunbed being offered. The power and UV output varies considerably from sunbed to sunbed. A professional sunbed operator will advise on the correct session length, dependent upon sunbed, skin type and stage of tan development.

Is there a link between UV exposure and skin cancer?

There are two types of skin cancer – non-melanoma which can usually be easily treated. The second is malignant melanoma, which if not treated early enough can prove fatal.

Some evidence points to sunburn and over-exposure to UV being one of the possible risk factors in contracting skin cancer. It follows, therefore, that avoiding melanomas can be helped by controlling exposure to UV – particularly in children.

Malignant melanoma is found to be most prevalent on parts of the body not normally exposed to sunlight, suggesting that it is those areas that have to deal with intermittent, excessive doses of UV that are most vulnerable – or that UV over-exposure is not the only cause.

Controlled exposure to UV, either in sunlight or on a sunbed, is important to avoid over-exposure and sunburn.

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 (see section on Vitamin D for more on this subject).

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. This ensures that skin type and the type of sunbed being used are taken into consideration to ensure that over exposure, including the possibility of burning, is avoided.

Will I have to alter my tanning session if I use a high pressure bed?

High pressure sunbeds, although better for the skin and more powerful actually requires longer sessions by 2-4 min. But we would recommend you start with the same session length and build your way up as you will need to get used to the heat of the bed.

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