Asked by Hayanhal Mar 2012
It's my first time using sun beds and I wanted to know how long I should go for. I have researched this and I have heard different results from 3 mins to 11 mins - I hardly ever burn in the sun, so I think my skin can handle a long dose but I'm not sure I want to risk it. Also, how many visits to the sun bed will it take until I have a tan? Can I get one in one visit?
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calla Mar 2012
Are you really sure you want to do this? There is a proven link between sun bed use and malignant melanoma. Please reconsider!
Sources: Department of Dermatology, University of Iowa
Olabecee Mar 2012
As you've been earlier advised that the use of sun bed is not worth the risk regardless of how little time you spend on there. Spray Tan is your best option, its very safe and you can go as brown as you want obviously you wouldn't want to be ridiculously brown. If you are any where close, our salon is iin Gravesend and we'll be happy to give you a perfect spray tan treatment. Please have a re-think and hope that helps?
drjoanna Aug 2012
I appreciate everyone has an issue with those using sun beds for the benefit of a fast/easier tan, however why do we have to get a million and one posts about it definitely causing cancer? Yes, there is a link, but just the same as there is a link about 'natural' tanning in the sun. The issue comes from continued consistent use whereby you expose your skin to a greater degree of UV rays than is medically sound.
The question that was asked requested nothing about whether to use them or not, so do someone the dignity of answering the question they posed, rather than voicing your own opinion.
For the record I have never used a sunbed, nor will I ever likely use one. I have however studied the heath risks as part of a masters at University and (although you shouldn't take someone's 'word' on it) I can say that small use of the beds does not guarantee that cancer will strike, so please, people, stop going on about it.
Skippy123456 10 months ago
Although there I a link between UV exposure (probably with buning) and increased melanoma risk, there is also a probable link to DECREASED bowel cancer. Given that these are far more common than melanoma, the balance of risk may favour sunned use
gorski 7 months ago
Hi, Ignore these scare mongering people who read things in the newspaper and repeat it like sheep.
All UV Light has a risk of causing cancer be it the Sun or a Sun bed.
It is safer to tan on a sun bed as you can control the time you spend on it if you know how strong the sun-bed it, in case of the sun you cannot do this and you would need to spend more time in the sun to get a similar result from a sun-bed.
Abusing sunbeds is bad as it can lead to cancer just as abusing sun taning on the beach can.
I advise for you to get the shorter course, Im pretty fair skinned I go for 4 minutes on my first session, depending on the strength of your sun-bed and if the lamps are new you might want to go for a shorter time, ask the sun-bed shop assistant.
After your first session, I advise for you to wait atleast 48 hours before your next session, just so your skin gets used to the effects and starts generating melanin.
at least 48 hours later you can go on your second session you can do the same amount of time or add a little more.
again wait at least 48 hours you can go again, I personally dont up my time untill my third session, so first and second might be 4 mins, 3rd and 4th might be 6, my 5th would be minimum 24 hours after my 4th session and would also be 4 minutes.
My 6th session would be a minimum of 48 hours later, at 8 minutes, same with my 7th (48 hours minimum) and my 8th would be 8 minutes also but minimum 24hours.
I allow the minimum 48 hours for my skin to adjust to the extra time under the light give it extra day to produce melanin, and then I would lower it to minimum of 24 hours as my skin would be better at resisting the extra time.
I usually get a nice tan after 8 sessions, but I am fair skinned, if you have darker skin it might take you less with less time under the lamps.
dragonback 2 months ago
depends how strong the tubes are 250w would say max 6mins if 100w 10mins and up to 20mins after about 2weeks missing every other day out
kylaa 1 month ago
Go on it for 3 mins, then leave it a day, then go on for 6mins, then leave it a day then go on for 9mins, then to keep ur tan just keep going on it at least once or twice a week for 6 or 9 minutes.
Dont listen to everyone saying you can get cancer by going on the sunbed , you can get cancer by doing absolutley anything even by eating certain foods, you are born with cancer cells it just takes something to trigger it of, sunbeds are safe, spray tans are messy! x
MST2012 Mar 2012
My advice would be don't use sunbeds! Not only will they irreversibly dry out your skin and prematurely age you, but you're also exposing yourself to very harmful rays which can cause skin cancer...the way forward is to go for sunless tanning. It's your choice at the end of the day, but do more research in to the cons of sunbeds. As far as I'm concerned there are no pros in their favour.
PrestigeNailsandBeauty Mar 2012
I personally think you are absolutely crazy for wanting to use a sunbed! Surely you don't want to look older than you really are? Have wrinkles? Look like a scabby old piece of leather? Potentially kill yourself? I have to say as an ex sunbed user 11minutes at first will leave you lobsteresque! I can not believe somebody would recommend you have that long for your first session!
Spray tans are more expensive than 3minutes on the sunbed but is saving a few pound (literally!) worth risking your life for?
If you have any questions please feel free to email me on info@PrestigeNailsAndBeauty.co.uk
Sources: I own Prestige Nails and Beauty which is a mobile nails and beauty service that covers the Liverpool/Merseyside area.