Sunbeds can enhance your skin glow with the mini-heatwave in full swing, it’s also tempting to sit out in the sun and catch some extra rays. If you are a newbie or just need a refresher on how to get the most out of your tan, you’re in the right place. We produce safe sunbeds.

When the summer seems like a distant memory, then artificial options are tempting and may seem even more attractive. Though, sunbeds can increase your exposure to sunlight and subsequently give you a higher chance of developing skin problems if you are not careful.

How Do Sunbeds Work?

Sunbeds performing the body to tan in similarly the same way as the sun. It emits ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB radiation, and stimulates melanin, a skin pigment. Ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes cells to divide, creating more melanin, which browns as it rises to the skin’s surface and causes a tan.

Our skin type determines how quickly you burn or tan your skin. Basically, Skin experts have classified skin types into six groups – from type one for those people who have white skin (often related by red hair, green eyes and lots of freckles), to type six for natural black skin people. The more melanin we have if our skin is darker and it gives a better protection from ultraviolet light. 

Depending on the machine sunbeds can emit UVA and UVB rays from their fluorescent tubes. Nowadays, some machines can emit up to five times stronger UV radiation than the midday Australian summer sun. Though UVB rays create a rapid and more natural tan, it also has a higher chance of cancer developing.

Benefits of Sunbeds

According to The Sunbed Association, sunbeds produce UV rays and it stimulates vitamin D production. Vitamin D is essential for good bone health and can improve mood, helping to stem off conditions such as PMS, SAD (seasonal affective disorder). High blood pressure, hypertension and heart disease have been affected by the lack of vitamin D. It can also improve the appearance of skin conditions, for example, psoriasis, cellulite.

However, medical experts say that daily casual exposure to sunlight, such as a 5-10-minute walk is enough to provide your body with all the vitamin D it needs. If you are living in the UK and Ireland or any location above 40 degrees north in the winter months you cannot make Vitamin D. If you get modest exposure to the sun between May and October, the excess Vitamin D is stored in the body’s fat, can be released during the winter. Outside of these months, the sun is simply not strong enough to produce vitamin D. Therefore, the body stockpiles extra vitamin D for the winter time use.

Age, Lifestyle, Geographical Location, Race, Culture, Intestinal Diseases can also be a cause of vitamin D deficiency. Besides, Vitamin D can also be received through eating oily fish, eggs and other foods.

How to Reduce the Risks

The British Photodermatology Group suggests not more than 20 treatments per year and many Skin Expert suggests below 10. It’s suggested you should also leave at least 48 hours between sessions, wear goggles to protect the eyes, remove make-up, less time spent on a UVB machine than one emitting UVA. 

How Often Can You Use a Sunbed?

The average person can develop a base tan in 3-5 sessions in general, it depends on your skin colour. After that, it can be maintained with regular sunbed use. Two sessions a week should be enough in a safe and gentle manner. One session a week will probably be enough. It is very important to gap a minimum of 72 hours between each session so that your skin has the chance to rest. In this process, you can avoid burning, brown spots etc.

Advice About Using Sunbeds

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued advice on the health risks associated with all UV tanning equipment, such as sunbeds, sunlamps, and tanning booths. You have to avoid if you have sensitive skin that burns easily, have a history of sunburn or you have lots of freckles, red hair, and moles.

Recently taking medicines or using creams that make your skin sensitive to sunlight or have a medical condition made worse by sunlight, such as vitiligo, antidepressants etc. Consider the amount of melanin in the skin and also check skin cancer history of your family. Your age and skin tone type is also an important term to consider before using sunbeds.

How Old You Need to Be?

In the UK you must be 18 to use a sunbed, and if you’re lucky enough to look younger than your age then make sure you take your ID with you.

What to Wear

Before going to a tanning salon it’s a good idea to decide whether you’d prefer to tan in your underwear or your birthday suit, completely in the nude. This is entirely your choice. Our body parts are not equally strong so it’s wise to protect most sensitive parts like nipples and genitals. Remember that all salons should offer a cleaning spray within each private room, if they don’t, you can always ask for one.

Eye Safety

Always remember to use goggles, which are specifically made for sunbed use because it will have the proper UV protection to safeguard your eyes. Just closing eyes on sunbeds is not enough as it emits UV rays that can easily get into the eyelids and cause serious damage to your retina and eyesight. 

Your Tanning Skin Type and Tanning Regime

Here are few skin types and their sessions are included:

Skin Type 1

Skin type 1 has very short sessions, no longer than 1 minute for first 3 sessions. Increments only, 1-minute, the length of time tanning, and do not rush the process. When you start to feel your skin getting too warm or uncomfortable, end your tanning session immediately.

Skin Type 1

Skin type 1 has very short sessions, no longer than 1 minute for first 3 sessions. Increments only, 1-minute, the length of time tanning, and do not rush the process. When you start to feel your skin getting too warm or uncomfortable, end your tanning session immediately.

Skin Type 2

Session 1 – 2 Minutes, Session 2 – 2 Minutes, and so on up to Session 6 – 4 minutes. Coconut, Papaya, or Watermelon may increase getting a perfect tan as soon as possible.

Tanning Bed

Most salons have more than one type of sunbed such as low-pressure beds, high-pressure beds, and a booth.

Low-Pressure Beds

Low-pressure beds are like traditional tanning beds. UV rays are transmitted in a spectrum that is similar to natural sunlight.

High-Pressure Beds

High-pressure beds emit a higher proportion of UVA rays so you will get a deeper, longer lasting tan, but it will be slower to build. It is expensive because it can’t let you go to burn as you have sensitive fair skin, being why it gains in popularity.

Stand-Up Beds / Booth

Booth, it’s a differently design tanning bed, also known as Stand-up Beds. This is a vertical tanning bed. So, instead of lying down, you have to stay standing up. It gives you the freedom of moving freely and put your body in any position you want to catch a tan. You can easily move your arms, bend your legs, lean, turn your head, and so forth.

Selecting a Lay-Down Tanning Bed

Lay down tanning beds allow you to rest and relax while getting your desired tan, as the entire sessions last anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. So it can be very comforting under the warm lights.

Selecting a Stand-Up Tanning Bed

Compared to the lay down tanning bed, the stand-up bed can feel more like work than a relaxing afternoon at the salon. If you are tired, then you may not enjoy the stand-up the bed as much as the laydown tanning bed.

The entire sessions last anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. Probably, these shorter sessions made the stand-up tanning beds a popular choice for those who are trying to get a great tan on the go. Thus there is no pressure point so it provides more effective tan, which has led more people to select this option.

Sun Lamp

A sun lamp also called a SAD lamp or light therapy box is used for light therapy. It is an effective treatment for a seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that occurs lack of sunlight. In our body we have Serotonin and Melatonin, these chemicals help control your sleep and wake cycle. Serotonin can reduce anxiety and improve mood. It is effectively used for Depression, Sleep disorders and Dementia treatments. Just place the sun lamp on a table or desk 16 to 24 inches away from your face with 30 degrees overhead. Do not look directly, sit in front of the sun lamp for 20 to 30 minutes and try it at the same time every day.


Sunbeds offer you the desired skin tone colour, although the use of sunbeds has some negative health effects too. We provide the best service with minimising the side effects.