We want to make sure that our customers look good and feel great by tanning in a responsible manner.

All of our tanning assistants are fully trained to the highest standards. This ensures that they provide our customers with the right tanning advice and promote safe and responsible tanning.

It is important to prevent UV over exposure and to protect the health of your skin whilst tanning. The tanning guidelines below will ensure you achieve the optimum colour results as well as ensuring you do not overexpose yourself when tanning:

1.Ensure that you moisturise your skin with a gel or cream that has been specifically developed for indoor tanning. It’s important to use moisturiser before and after a session, as moisturisers reduce the drying effects of UV exposure when tanning.

2.Allow at least 24 hrs to pass before tanning again, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Industry and medical standards advise waiting 48 hours, which is the time it takes for skin to create melanin and to tan.

3.When tanning naked, ensure that you protect sensitive areas of the body that normally are not exposed to UV light. Skin on the underarms, backs of legs, buttocks and genitalia can suffer severe sunburn from the same light intensity that only tans the rest of your body. You can expose the sensitive areas gradually by covering them halfway through tanning sessions for the first three or four times you tan naked.

4.It is a good idea to protect your lips with a lip balm that blocks UV light; lips cannot produce melanin, so they are at risk from overexposure during a tanning session.

5.If you are sunburned, soothe your skin with a moisturiser, and don’t try to tan again until the redness completely subsides.

The most important thing to remember when using a sunbed 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 sunbeds, 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 sunbed 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 6 minutes. People with an ‘olive’ complexion can extend this time, but it is best not to stay on the sunbed beyond 12 minutes to minimise 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.

It is essential to wear tanning goggles at every session. Closing your eyes is not enough to protect from harmful sunbed side effects such as cataracts and cornea damage. Protective goggles can save your sight.

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 foetus, a doctor should be consulted before use

How many sessions should I have?
The amount of sessions required to achieve a colour depends on your skin type and how well you tan in sunlight. A general guideline is to do regular sessions starting off with low minutes sessions and gradually building up your session time. When you reach the required colour 2 to 3 sessions per week should maintain your colour.

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 .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 to ensure 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.

Is it true there is no such thing as a safe tan?
No. Tanned skin protects against sunburn, thought to be the main cause of melanoma. If you avoid getting sunburned, the benefits of moderate sun exposure will far outweigh any risks.

Is unprotected sun exposure unhealthy?
Although precautions do need to be taken, regular, moderate amounts of unprotected UV exposure are absolutely necessary for good health. Independent scientific research has shown that whether you live in a sunny or not-so-sunny climate, but expose yourself to sun, then your subsequent increased production of Vitamin D will help lower the risk of a host of debilitating and fatal diseases including colon, breast, prostate and ovarian cancer,heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and depression.

Are sunbeds for tanning only?
If you don’t have the opportunity to go out in the sun or prefer a more private and controlled environment, indoor tanning facilities represent a viable alternative to natural sunshine for stimulating your production of Vitamin D. However, it is important to remember that the radiation that you are exposed to in an indoor tanning facility is the same as what you get from the sun. That means you need to take the same precautions that you would if you were in natural sunlight.


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