23rd May 2024

Welcome to your go-to guide for everything you need to know about sunbed prep and aftercare! Whether you’re a seasoned tanner or considering your first session, understanding how to prepare your skin and care for it afterwards is key to achieving that desired glow while maintaining healthy skin. In this post, we’ll walk you through each step, ensuring you’re well-informed and ready to make the most of your sunbed experience here in the UK.


Sunbeds, often referred to as tanning beds, are devices that emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation to produce a cosmetic tan. Typically found in salons and gyms, these beds use UV lamps to replicate the effect of the sun’s rays. The process involves lying inside a sunbed, which radiates UV light directly onto the skin, accelerating the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour.

However, it’s crucial to understand the impact of UV radiation. While it can provide that sought-after tan, UV light is also responsible for skin aging and can increase the risk of skin cancer. Therefore, using sunbeds safely and with proper preparation and aftercare is essential to protect your skin’s health.

Preparing for a Sunbed Session

Effective preparation starts well before you enter the sunbed:

  • Clean Skin: Ensure your skin is free from makeup, perfumes, and oils before your session. These products can react adversely with UV = light, leading to skin irritation or an uneven tan.

  • Skin Assessment: Avoid using a sunbed if you have open wounds, recent sunburns, or severe skin conditions. Tanning with such complications can lead to further damage.

  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water before and after your tanning session. Hydrated skin tans more evenly and heals faster.

  • Eye Protection: Always wear goggles during your session. This protects your eyes from harmful UV rays, which can cause serious eye damage over time.

  • Time Management: Adhere to the recommended exposure times based on your skin type to avoid overexposure, which can lead to burns and increased risk of skin damage.

During the Session

Once you are prepared, the next steps focus on the tanning session itself:

  • Comfort: Adjust the bed to make sure you are comfortable. Relaxing will help you enjoy the session and avoid shifting too much, which can lead to an uneven tan.

  • Duration: Stick to the recommended session time to minimise risks. If the heat becomes uncomfortable, end the session early to prevent skin damage.


Proper aftercare is crucial for extending the life of your tan and maintaining skin health:

  • Cool Down: Apply a cooling moisturiser enriched with aloe vera to soothe the skin immediately after the session.

  • Long-term Care: Continue to moisturise daily. Keeping the skin hydrated helps maintain the tan and prevents peeling or flaking.

  • Monitor: Watch for adverse reactions such as excessive redness, itching, or blistering. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience severe symptoms.

Safety Tips

  • Limit Frequency: Overusing sunbeds can significantly increase the risks of long-term skin issues. Limit sessions and allow adequate time between sessions for skin recovery.

  • Understand Your Skin: Recognise how your skin type responds to UV exposure. Lighter skin types are more prone to damage and require shorter exposure times.

  • Medication and Health Conditions: Some medications increase sensitivity to UV light. Additionally, individuals with a history of skin cancer should avoid sunbeds entirely.

Alternatives to Sunbeds

For those concerned about the risks associated with UV exposure, consider spray tans or self-tanning products. These alternatives provide a tan without the health risks of UV light.

Using a sunbed can be a safe way to achieve a golden tan if done responsibly. By following proper prep, session guidelines, and aftercare, you can enjoy the benefits of tanning while caring for your skin's health. Remember, the key to a great tan lies not just in achieving it, but in maintaining the health and vitality of your skin long-term.


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