The Pros and Cons of Using Sunbeds for Tanning

Getting away on holiday hasn’t been quite as easy as usual for many of us in the past couple of years with all the pandemic travel restrictions in place currently. As such, you might be thinking about ways you can get that sought after bronze glow. 

Aside from the plethora of fake tan products available on the shelves, there is also the option of pursuing professional treatments such as salon spray tans and sunbeds. You may have queries over safety and responsible use, so we thought we’d have a look at some of the pros and cons of using sunbeds for tanning. 

Using a tanning bed has the benefit of providing even colouring, which can be trickier to achieve with other methods. Swift results are another benefit of using sunbeds; even if the weather is warm it can take time to gain a tan by sunbathing. A tan from a sunbed will last for some time, and there’s even evidence to suggest that using tanning beds increases Vitamin D levels and can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Using a sunbed to tan is not without its risks. According to the NHS, the ultraviolet rays from tanning beds can lead to an increased risk of premature skin ageing, or even skin cancer. The risks are thought to be even greater for younger people and, to this end, it is against the law for anyone under 18 to use a sunbed.

If you are considering using a sunbed, it is strongly urged that you consult with a professional who can give you guidance on your skin type and how long your session should last.