Sunbeds – sensible tanning.
Our facilities hold an upright sun bed, which is more hygienic and only takes 10min.
Over exposure to the sun is very harmful to your skin. A sun bed will allow you to suntan with safety because it is controlled by a timer. How much ultraviolet (UV) rays your skin can take depends on your skin type. A pale skin type initially needs a very small dose of UV-B to be able to form pigment (melanin) in the skin and the UV-A will finish the process and provide you with a beautiful tan. A skin type chart should be strictly adhered to, ensure tanning safety. Normal sunlight is composed of three types of ultra violet rays, UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV-c can be discounted as it does not pass through the earth’s atmosphere.
UV-B is the ray that causes sunburn but stimulates the skin onto producing melanin- the dark pigmentation which gives you your tan. The sun bed is designed to produce the smallest amount of UV-B to start the producing of melanin and supplements this with UV-A (direct tanning) emissions, which promote a tan quickly and safely.
Sun tanning is managed and controlled by a safety timer. In addition, the UV-B content of the tubes is far less than normal sunlight, thereby minimizing the risk of sunburn. All necessary instruction and warnings are attached to each sun bed.
Protection – skin and eyes
The protection of your skin and eyes is most important. A set of eye protection goggles is provided with each bed as well as a complimentary bottle of Radical Tanning lotion/oil. It is advisable that this lotion be applied to your skin prior to tanning on your sun bed. This lotion is not a block out, but a moisturizer which contains collagen to enhance your tanning. Do remember that all other creams and make-up should be removed before tanning
SOME USEFULL HINTS AND INFO ON SUN BEDS
The most important thing to remember when using a sun bed is that there are limitations on how long your session should last. For a novice user or someone who is very fair skinned, freckled, burns easily and who doesn’t naturally tan much in the sun the sessions should be kept very short. This is that a person’s ability to tan is effected by the levels of melanin in their skin. A person with more melanin will find it easier to tan and will also be less at risk of the risks of using sun beds, such as skin cancer, although it is still essential for them to use protective measures.
Do not be tempted to exceed the recommended times or frequent the tanning salon too often in the mistaken belief that more time on the sun bed will automatically lead to a deeper tan. Not only can this be detrimental to your long term health, you are harming your skins ability to tan. Overexposure to UV can actually cause depletion of melanin levels and make it more difficult to tan in future sessions.
As a rule, someone with low melanin levels in their skin should limit their session to a maximum of 5 minutes. People with an ‘olive’ complexion can extend this time, but it is best not to stay on the sun bed beyond 15 minutes to minimize long term damage to your complexion and your health. The frequency of the sessions should be limited to 3 times a week or less, and once you have achieved the depth of tan you desire cut down your visits so that you are only visiting the tanning salon often enough to maintain the tan. The staff at the tanning salon should be able to advise you on how to tan safely and effective based on your personal skin type.
Sun bed lotion is an essential part of the tanning experience. While its protection will not diminish all the risks associated with sun beds it is safer to wear lotion than nothing at all. Sun bed lotion can minimize your sessions as they usually contain Tyrosine, which encourages the skin to produce melanin more quickly, or small amounts of the self tanning ingredient DHA, which ‘bronzes’ the skin. The moisturizing effect of the lotion prevents dry skin and promotes the longevity of your tan. Most lotions also contain ingredients such as Vitamin E to counteract the ageing effects of the UV rays. It is also important that the lotion is one specifically designed for sun bed use and not an outdoor sun cream.
It is essential to wear tanning goggles at every session. Closing your eyes is not enough to protect from harmful sun bed side effects such as cataracts and cornea damage. Protective goggles can save your sight.
Never try to force a tan and always use common sense
This is the most important rule. In other words, never sunbathe more than once a day. As a rule of thumb: up to ten sessions in two to three weeks, unless you are using a high pressure tanning bed. If you are using a high pressure tanning bed you should reduce the number of sessions as your tan will be retained by sunbathing once or twice a week.
The following tanning advice should also be observed.
Keep to the tanning times recommended by your Tans tanning consultant.
If you are taking medication read the information slip or consult your doctor before tanning. Some medicines are photosensitive to Ultra Violet rays.
Always use a good quality tanning lotion that is specifically designed for sun bed use. Do not use any lotions that contain a sunscreen.
Always keep your eyes closed and wear protective goggles while tanning.
Before and after tanning, use skin-care products to keep skin healthy and keep an attractive tan looking good for longer.
Anyone on the following precautionary list is not permitted to use a sunbed or should seek medical advice before use:
- If you are under 18 years of age.
- If you have a medical condition that becomes worse in sunlight.
- If you have fair or sensitive skin that burns easily and does not tan in sunlight
- If you have a large number of freckles or moles.
- If you have or have had skin cancer
- If you have a history of sunburn, especially in childhood.
- If you are pregnant - whilst there is no evidence to suggest that UV tanning equipment can damage a fetus, a doctor should be consulted before use
ENJOY YOUR TAN……..