Tanning Tips
All the information you need to help you get an amazing tan and feel fantastic.

Sunbeds are safe used sensibly; they provide a safe controlled way to tan unlike sunlight. They can help you feel good, relaxed, improve skin conditions and arthritic problems, and provide the vital Vitamin D essential to human health.
Vitamin D is essential for the immune system, teeth, bones and muscles. It also contributes to mental wellbeing and has been linked to depression (
link).
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prepare

STEP 1

Prepare your skin
Exfoliate to remove
dead skin cells
Better skin
= Better tan

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accelerate

STEP 2

Use an accelerator
Increase pigment
Absorb more UV
More pigment
= Better tan

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extend

STEP 3

Moisturise skin
Reduce skin loss
Extend your tan
Moisture
= Longer tan.

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The number of sessions varies from person to person. When starting always start low. We may restrict session times for new tanners in accordance with guidelines and Tanning Association recommendations. Please see the skin type guidelines on 'Tanning Safety'. Always avoid burning your skin. Depending on skin type once you have conditioned your skin with a number of low sessions you may then increase the number of sessions and minutes per session. A schedule of lower minutes more often will achieve a better longer lasting tan. Higher sessions times less frequent may result in burning and will allow your tan to fade between sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every person is different and it depends on your age and skin type. Paler skin (type1) will take longer to tan & has a higher risk of burning. Darker skin (type4) tans faster with less chance of burning. Please check your skin type. As our skin gets older it also tans faster because it has become more conditioned to UV light.
You should always start your sessions low, around 4 minutes until you achieve a base tan. People of Skin Type 1 are high risk and may have to do shorter sessions or use a spray tan. Once a bas tan is achieved people of other Skin Types may increase sessions to 2-3 per week, always allowing at least 24 hours between session. You should avoid burning and seek advice if you experience negative effects. The European Standard advises not to exceed 60 sessions per year.
Once a base tan is achieved you may increase your session time according to your ability to tan without burning. Some people can increase times dramatically whilst others cannot. The key is to avoid burning and damaging skin. To build tan colour we would advise more sessions of lower minutes rather than fewer sessions of higher minutes which increases the risk of burning and allows the tan to fade. Never sunbathe outside on the same day as using a sunbed and always use the eye protection provided.
Yes! accelerators increase the production of melanin which is essential for the skin to tan. Without accelerators your skin takes longer to produce the melanin. The also help to nourish and moisturise skin to extend the life of your tan, and help to absorb more of the UV light. Skin is highly reflective and can reflect unto 40% of the light off the body.
This has never been definitively proven. Studies have shown that malignant melanoma is more prevalent on parts of the body not normally exposed to sunlight, suggesting that these are the areas that have to deal with intermittent over exposure and are at most risk. It is therefore important to reduce the risk of over-exposure.
However, this is true of sunlight and using sunbeds.
Outdoor tanning exposes the body to different levels of UV in an uncontrolled way, and using sunscreen is only effective when used properly. Recent studies have shown that sunscreen does not provide the protection we expect because we don't use enough often enough.
It follows that the use of a sunbed, in moderation, can be safer than tanning outdoors because the exposure can be controlled. To stay safe never over use a sunbed and never burn.
Check your skin regularly and if you notice any changes consult your GP.
You should not use a sunbed if:
Are under 18
You are pregnant
Have fair, sensitive skin that burns easily or tans poorly
Have a history of sunburn, particularly in childhood
Have a large number of freckles and/or red hair
Have a large number of moles
Are taking medicines or using creams that sensitise the skin to sunlight
Have a medical condition that is worsened by sunlight
Or anyone in your family has had skin cancer in the past
Already have extensive skin damage due to sunlight
To prolong your tan keep your skin supple and moisturised. Your skin is constantly renewing and shedding, dry skin more so. Do not apply moisturiser just before your session; this makes the skin highly reflective. Use an accelerator instead.
Double Dip tanning is the use of a sunbed session immediately before a spray tan. The UV light warms the skin and opens the pores allowing the spray solution to soak further into the skin. Te heat, increased blood flow and melanin combines with the spray solution to create an even better looking, faster tan.
Yes of course. We have many sunbed block 'courses', each one designed to give value for money and convenience. For more information please see 'Sunbeds".
No, sunbeds are restricted to over 18 only. This was made EU law in 2012, although we have always had a policy of No Under 18s, in line with our policy of Responsible Tanning. If you are lucky enough to look younger than your years please do not be offended if we ask for proof of age.
Don't over expose or do too many sessions. A healthy golden tan is more appealing than being too dark. Keep skin moisturised and nourished and try our Collagen Treatments to plump out wrinkles.
Yes. UV light is essential to good skin condition and small doses from a sunbed can help with many skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. We have many customers that have weekly sessions purely for the benefit of improving skin, and some have even been referred for 'uv treatment' by their GP's.
Vitamin D is essential to human health. Medical studies around the world have proven the benefits of Vitamin D for:
Cellular health inc breast, colon and prostrate cancer.
Bone health inc osteoporosis and arthritis.
Organ health inc high blood pressure & heart disease.
Auto Immune Diseases inc Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes.
Mental health inc SAD, PMS and depression.
The UK has been shown to be borderline Vitamin D deficient because of the lack of sunlight. Other countries with less sunlight than the UK such as Scandinavia, are not as deficient in Vitamin D because they eat a healthier diet to supplement vitamin requirements. However, it is very difficult to eat enough to maintain the required amount of vitamin D we need. Sunlight is the most efficient way for the body to produce Vitamin D, yet in the UK the sun is only strong enough between May-October, and depends on the number of days we actually get sunshine on a weekend when we are not at work.
Professor Dr Michael Holick, (Medicine, Physiology & Biochemestry, Boston University) has recommended a minimum daily amount of 1000 UI to maintain healthy levels, though unprotected UV exposure. This equals around 5 minutes of exposure around 2-3 times per week depending on skin type. "Unprotected" for clarification means without the use of SPF cream which reduce the ability to produce Vitamin D from the sun by up to 97%.
So we need Vitamin D to be healthy, to feel better physically and mentally, and the best way to get it is through controlled unprotected exposure to UV.
Because there's no news like bad news. The tabloids like horror stories, and there have been plenty of tanning salons that operate without any care for the customer, leading to abuse and headlines. Unmanned self serve tanning also contributed until they were thankfully banned. We are a "responsible tanning" salon and realise our duty to look after every customer.
We only use the very best German made tubes from Cosmedico and American Leisure because we know they are the best. using cheap tubes is false economy. We know good tubes, and we know you do to.
No. They contain SPF which blocks UV light and therefore are counter productive. You should use one for outdoor tanning but not for indoor tanning.
Useful Links
Want to know more? Please review the links below for th benefits of indoor tanning, Vitamin D, and recent studies.

Tanning Truth
The truth about indoor tanning
Vitamin D Council
Why Vitamin D is so essential
Vitamin D Society
Find out more about Vitamin D
The Sunlight Institute
Enlighten yourself about UV
The Sunbed Association
Info and facts about UV
Use a Sunbed Says Top Cancer Doctor
Can sunbeds actually help reduce the risk?
Vitamin D Could Prevent Arthritis
Benefits of Vitamin D and Arthrisis
Low Vit D Linked to Heart Failure
Recent study into heart disfunction
Health Research Forum
Studies and Science
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