For as long as we can remember we have been told that sunbed use is bad for you, that sunbeds will no doubt lead to skin cancer, and that you should be ashamed if you choose to use sunbeds.
While most people are familiar with the dangers of spending too much time in the sun, some feel as though tanning beds are a safe way to gain an attractive tan and may even think that there are some health benefits to using tanning beds. When deciding whether to tan in a tanning bed, it is important to remember the health risks as well as potential health benefits.
For the most part, these messages have been brought to us by sunscreen manufacturers, who have much to gain by people staying out of the sun and coating themselves with their products 24/7. Dermatologists, too, have bought into these messages because guess who provides a significant amount of funding to the American Academy of Dermatology? Sunscreen manufacturers.
Finally, the truth has been unfolding about what the REAL risks and benefits are of tanning indoors. Moderate tanning – for those individuals who can develop a tan – is the smartest way to maximise the potential benefits of sun exposure while minimising the potential risks associated with either too much or too little sunlight.
While we are not allowed to make health claims regarding the use of sunbeds (nor are we doctors) we CAN share the some of the benefits customers have fed back to tanning salons.
A base tan is your body’s natural sunscreen. Look at all the people who live by the equator – they have dark skin don’t they? This is nature’s way of providing them with the natural ability to protect their skin from harsh UV rays. And guess what populations have the lowest amount of skin cancer? Those by the equator. Something to think about….
Psoriasis, eczema, and acne are the most common skin conditions that our customers have mentioned were successfully treated using sunbeds.
People who live in northern climates can suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, particularly in the winter. Research has shown that deficiency can lead to cancers and weakened immune systems (as evidenced by the widespread cold and flu cases in winter). UVB rays stimulate vitamin D production naturally in the body. Many customers state that tanning once a week keeps them feeling healthy and cold/flu free.
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)/MOODS:
Winter can be a depressing time for people. Many people who use sunbeds say they would not get through winter without tanning – it’s that important to their mood and overall happiness.
Tips for ensuring a beautiful, even tan.
Before the Tan
Thoroughly exfoliate all areas of your body to remove the dead layer of skin 24 hours before. With a good exfoliation, you will ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible.
24 hours before the day of your tan do not to apply any lotion, oils or perfumes, as they will reduce your skin’s ability to absorb the tanning solution. Also, make sure that all make-up is removed before your tanning session. We recommend that you shave the day before you tan as well.
You will need to remove any jewellery before you tan.
After the Tan…
Drink water directly after spending time in a tanning bed. Tanning can dehydrate the skin.
Apply a good-quality moisturizer to your skin directly after tanning to help cool the ski and replenish moisture. All professional tanning products & Dermalogica moisturizers can be purchased at our reception area.
Determining your skin type and duration of tanning sessions.
Our skin type is something we are born with and we cannot change it! There are six basic categories of skin types. See if you can identify your skin type using the table below. Our Beauty therapists can help assist you too.
Skin Type I:
Usually bright white or pale skin, blue or green eyes, red hair and many freckles. This skin type always burns outdoors, never tans. NOTE: A person who is a true Skin Type I should avoid tanning indoors and outdoors.
Skin Type II:
Light Beige skin, blue or green eyes; blonde or light brown hair and maybe freckles. This skin type has a strong tendency to sunburn outdoors, but sometimes tans.
Skin Type III:
Light brown skin, brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns outdoors but always tans.
Skin Type IV:
Light brown or olive skin, dark brown eyes and hair. This skin type sometimes burns outdoors and tans readily.
Skin Type V:
Brown skin, dark brown hair and eyes. This skin type rarely burns outdoors and tans easily.
Skin Type VI:
Black skin, black-brown eyes and hair. This skin type rarely sunburns outdoors.
Please note: Although the chart above discusses skin type burning potential, you should always tan in moderation and avoid sun burning indoors (and out)!
INDOOR TANNING CHART BY SKIN TYPE:
Skin Type Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
I THIS SKIN TYPE SHOULD NOT TAN
II 4 min. 5 min. 7 min. 9 min. 9 min. 11 min.
III 5-6 min. 6-7 min. 7-8 min. 10 min. 10 min. 12 min.
IV 7 min. 8 min. 9-10 min. 10 min. 12 min. 15 min.
V 9 min. 10 min. 12 min. 12 min. 13 min. 15 min.
VI 10 min. 12min. 13 min. 13 min. 15 min. 15 min.
Please note: All skin types should skip a day in between tanning and leave 48 hours between first and second sessions. If there are reddish skin tones or tenderness customers are advised to wait until that goes away before tanning again.
NB: Skin Types 4, 5 and 6: These skin types need to exercise caution on initial exposure. Initial exposure should also be moderate. This particularly applies if living in the UK as natural skin protection factor is depleted through lack of regular exposure to sunshine.
Our Tanning Studio
We have two well presented private rooms with the Ergoline Luxury Avantgarde with Red Light Therapy & LED lighting sunbeds for our customers to use. You can even plug in your Iphone and listen to your favourite music while you tan!!
Ergoline is the biggest sunbed company in the world.
The legal limit for sunbed emissions is 0.3 watts per square metre – the equivalent of the midday summer sun in Spain.
The manufacturer recommends the use of tanning solutions (or accelerators) and we have these available for all skin types at reception.
Like most reputable tanning salons, we recommend you visit the salon frequently in shorter sessions but that you do not visit more than once in a 48-hour period. You will then build your colour slowly and safely. Consistency is the key to building a base tan – but if you wait too long between sessions, your tan will start to fade.
Gradually building a base tan protects your skin from sunburn and decreases risk, especially if you are fair skinned. Not only is it helpful in preventing sunburn but tanning also provides much needed Vitamin D in its most natural form.
Pay as you go: £1 per minute (not bookable online)
50 mins (£0.80 p/min) £40
100 mins (£0.75 p/min) £75
150 mins (£0.66 p/min) £99
These courses can be booked direct with us.
Please note: Clients should check their skin type against the table above and ensure they book the appropriate number of minutes.
Call us on 01903 206954 to book