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What are UVA and UVB rays and which is their role in tanning?


There are three kinds of ultraviolet rays, UVA, UVB and UVC which differ with regard to their wavelength (range from 100 to 400 nanometres) and how deeply they penetrate the skin. Only the first two (UVA and UVB) are used in indoor tanning equipment. UVC is really dangerous and is absorbed by the ozone layer to not reach the earth (you will never find UVC in tanning sunbeds). UVA radiation, with the longest wavelength of 315-400nm, contributes to the oxidation and activation of melanin which already exists in the upper skin cells and induces a dark colour, which can be achieved faster but it is temporary. UVB rays, on the other hand, with middle wavelength of 280-315 nm, are responsible for the production of new melanin which leads to a more intense and long-lasting tan. Research shows that UVB also plays a significant role in the production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is associated with reduced risks of cancer and several other health benefits. Approximately 90% of the requisite Vitamin D is formed through the sun, and the UVB in particular, and many incidents of Vitamin D deficiency have been reported in countries like the UK, where people are not exposed to enough sunlight throughout the year.




How do sunbeds work? Is indoor the same as outdoor tanning?


The indoor tanning process is quite similar to that of tanning outdoors since the UV lamps imitate the sun. Tanning takes place when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. The lamps in indoor tanning equipment emit UV light, as the sun does, but with different ratio of UVA and UVB and in a more controlled environment. In a sunbed, you have control over your exposure and you can achieve even results following the correct exposure times for your skin. On the contrary, people in outdoor tanning are not able to control the amount of UV light when they lay under the sun because of many factors, some of them unpredictable, like the time of the day, season, weather conditions, ozone layer, proximity of the equator etc.




What is the age limit for sunbed use?


The minimum age to tan in the UK and Northern Ireland is 18 and no one under the age of 18 is allowed to enter any tanning room or use any UV tanning equipment. A salon is fully in its rights to ask for ID if someone looks young and under the age of 18.




How frequently can I use a tanning bed?


The tanning process ranges from person to person and it depends on the type of skin. Tanning on a regular basis within the safety tanning guidelines will enable you to see results and will prevent your tan from fading. It is advisable to allow a minimum of 24 hours between tanning sessions. Do not use any tanning equipment more than once on the same day! Repeat the tanning session to build up your tan gradually. However, it is recommended not to exceed the number of 60 sessions per year.




How much time should each tanning session last?


If this is your first time in a sunbed, there is no need to rush, since health and safety come first. It is suggested to have 3-5 minute sessions up to three times per week based on your skin type. This will eliminate the chances of your skin to get burnt and will help you to build your tan gradually. If you have already built up a base tan or you have a darker skin type you can have 8 minute sessions, two or three times per week. In any case, the amount of time spent within a sunbed should vary according to each person’s skin type and should comply with the safety guidelines of tanning.




How long does a sunbed tan take to develop?


This is something that varies from person to person and it depends on various factors such as the skin type, the frequency of the sessions and the type of tanning equipment or the power of the lamps that each salon or tanning studio uses. Usually you will be able to see results after 3-5 sessions but you can gain a good base tan after 6-10 sessions.




How long does a sunbed tan last?


The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, replaces the upper cells every 28-30 days. It takes 4 weeks for the cells to move to the surface and ‘slough off’. So this means that your tan can last approximately 2-4 weeks after your last session.




I want my tan to last longer. What should I do?


Keeping your skin healthy and moisturised is the number one factor, which enables you to tan quicker and maintain your tan for longer. After a tanning session, the skin continues to produce melanin for the next 12 hours and keeping the skin moisturised during that time is essential. At GLO, we stock some of the most known sunbed creams and moisturisers formulated to intensify your tan, hydrate your skin, repair any skin damage caused by dryness and prevent your skin from exfoliation. What is more, tanning on a regular basis will prevent your tan from fading and in combination with a moisturised skin will extend the length of your tan and make your skin look healthier and younger. Explore GLO’s wide range of Sunbed Creams and Oils.




Can I use sunscreen in a tanning bed for extra protection?


Sunscreens are products for the protection of your skin from the sun since they block the UV light from penetration. However, the ultraviolet radiation is the key factor for tanning and it is responsible for activating or producing melanin which makes your skin look darker. So, the use of a sunscreen lotion will make the tanning session less effective and will prevent you from obtaining a tan from the sunbed.




Do I really need to use protective eyewear while tanning?


Eye protection is a must while tanning both indoors and outdoors. The use of goggles or other protective eyewear is not only a prerequisite for eye safety when using a sunbed but it is also required by the law. The eyelids that cover the eyes are too thin to protect the eyes from any damage caused by the UV rays, something that may result in temporary or permanent sight impairment and problems like conjunctivitis or cataracts. Remember! Always choose goggles specially designed for sunbed use and approved by the regulatory authorities. It is the responsibility of the salon owner to provide each customer with protective eyewear before each tanning session as well as instructions for use. Reusable protective eyewear must be thoroughly sanitised before each use. Explore GLO’s protective eyewear in our ‘Creams & Accessories’ page.




What are the benefits of using sunbeds creams and tanning lotions while tanning?


Sunbeds Creams and lotions specially designed for sunbed use come as an extra help to the whole tanning process. They can be used before and after tanning and they can maximise tanning results. These kind of products contain ingredients like L-tyrosine (Amino acid for the production of melanin), vitamins, antioxidants and carotenoids. They keep the skin moisturised and prevent it from dryness and exfoliation. It is known that a healthy and moisturised skin can tan easier and the tan is going to last longer. However, you should avoid using outdoor tanning products while tanning indoors because they may cause damages to the tanning equipment and in particular to the acrylic surfaces. Check GLO’s extensive range of Sunbed Creams for intense and better tanning results.




Can I keep my contact lenses on while I am in a sunbed?


It’s recommended you remove your contact lenses when using a sunbed, because the heat of the tanning equipment causes sometimes eye dryness and you may feel a discomfort.




Should I remove my makeup and all forms of cosmetics while tanning?


It is preferable to remove all of your make up because some cosmetics create a barrier layer that blocks the UV rays for penetrating the skin and prevent you from getting optimum tanning results. This can also lead to uneven tanning or white spots. What is more, the ingredients of some cosmetics may react to the UV rays and cause adverse effects.




Is it safe for me to tan while I am pregnant?


It is recommended to not use any tanning equipment whilst pregnant.




How can I place an order?


You can place the order by phone and let us know which products are you interested in or you can visit our website and send us an enquiry or fill in the relevant form. Alternatively, you can also visit our salon and place the order with one of our sales team. In any case, our committed team will receive your order and will try their best to assist you.




What areas do you cover?


We cover most parts of Northern Ireland, there will be normally be no charge for Delivery within Counties Down, Antrim or Armagh. Contact us to find out if we deliver in your area.