Sunbeds. Why your ''base tan'' is a complete myth. -

We all want to be bronzed gods and goddesses. But getting tan in the safest way possible seems to have different meaning for some people. Bottom line is that fake tan from a bottle is the only way to have a safe tan. Its that simple.

The first time I heard a client tell me they are using sunbeds to build up a base tan so they don’t burn for their holidays left me confused. As a skin therapist I know how UV rays affect the skin. The damage it does at a cellular level. To me it just sounded like searing a beef fillet before cooking it slowly in the oven. Crazy.

The amount of UV radiation you get from a sunbed can be as much as 15 times higher than what you would get from the midday Mediterranean sun. Contrary to what some people might think, using a sunbed is not a safer way of getting a tan than from the sun. It exposes your skin to UVA and UVB rays that damage your skin cells and can lead to skin cancer.

So does a base tan prevent burning? Its estimated that going out in the sun with a base tan is equivalent to wearing a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 3 to 4. This means the skin can be exposed to up to four times more sun before burning than without the base tan. For example, if you would ordinarily burn after 20 minutes in the sun, a base tan might mean you can be in the sun for up to 80 minutes before burning. Considering that no amount of SPF prevents 100% of UV penetration is this worth it? Definitely not.


Unfortunately sunbed use is on the rise in Ireland despite a significant drop a few years ago due to a tightening on legislation in 2015 surrounding their safety. For more information on sunbed statistics and how you can prevent skin cancer visit

And if you want to book a safe tan with us which will leave you glowing for your holiday (without the risk of cancer). click the link below

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And for the month of July we are offering a buy 3 tans a glycolic pre-tan body scrub for €100, saving you €45!

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