How To Use A Sunbed
Sunbeds can be great for creating your ideal natural tan. Despite the risks, the use of tanning beds is as popular as ever. Using the right procedures means you can have an enjoyable experience with a sunbed and minimise your risk of developing skin cancer.
If you want to get the most out of your tanning experience keep reading to see our handy guide.
- It’s law in the UK that no under 18s can use sunbeds. It isn’t uncommon for tanning salons to ask for ID in order to confirm age. This is because of the connected risk of developing skin cancer.
- When developing a base tan for a holiday, three to five sessions is enough to do the job safely. It’scadvisable that at least 72 hours should span the gap between treatments. This gives the skin a chance to regenerate the skin cells.
- Tan lines are just as problematic on sunbeds as they are in the direct sun so think ahead before using the service. Getting your base tan sorted is great but make the decision where your tan lines should be, or make the decision to tan in your birthday suit. Protect the most sensitive areas of your body before activating the sunbed.
- Protecting your eyes is a must when using a sunbed. Put on safety goggles before the sunbed is switched on. These specialised goggles protect your eyes from th intense UV radiation. Wearing sunglasses is not a suitable alternative.
- Using tan accelarators is fine with the use of sunbeds. You will obtain a darker tan from one session when using the product. Some tan accelarators also have a scent to accompany your newly acquired tan.
What’s your skin type?
Your type of skin can have a big effect on what your tan comes out like. Knowing what type you are can let you make actions that reduce or eliminate the chance of burning your skin altogether. There are six skin types which progress from very fair skin to dark.
Type 1 – Very white or pale skin, burns easily and is difficult to tan effectively
Type 2 – Light beige skin, has a tendency to burn but can tan when done correctly and carefully
Type 3 – Light brown skin, sometimes burns but it always tans
Type 4 – Light brown/olive skin, occasionally burns and is very easy to tan
Type 5 – Brown skin, rarely burns and tans with ease
Type 6 – Dark brown skin, very rarely burns and tans with no effort at all
Every skin type has its own preferred tanning routine to gain the best results but remember to check with your GP before undertaking any new practises which can affect your health.
About the sunbeds
There are three main types of sunbeds available to use which are low and high pressure beds and booths.
Low pressure beds reflect the same UV exposure the sun provides whereas high pressure sunbeds have a higher level of UVA rays. The UVA rays penetrate deeper through the layers of your skin and promote the production of melanin, the skin pigment that causes skin to tan.
Booths vary in their performance depending on brand and the bulbs used inside but they offer an alternative to laying down. Standing up and hanging on to a strap or bar, the user is surrounded by the bulbs for an all round tan.