Here are some really common questions people ask us all the time. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions about our Tanning Salon. Thanks
Sunbeds and Tanning explained?
Sunbeds use UV or Ultraviolet light to tan your skin. There are three different types of UV light - UVA – UVB and UVC. Sunbeds are designed to use more levels of UVA with lower levels of UVB on your body. This promotes the production of melanin. Melanin is the pigment in your skin that makes the tan look even and sexy, even if you do not spend time under real sun light. UVC is the most harmful type of UV light, so Sunbeds are designed to filter this out. The technology has come a long way and here at Tropical Paradise we have the best the market has to offer. So when you tan with us rest assured you tan with the best
Is it Safe to use Sunbeds?
In general Yes!However the healthboard mentions that it increases your risk of skin cancer and eye-cancer in the same way as the natural sun does! Sunbeds are in the same risk category 1 as the outdor sun or beer and wine. The likelyhood of getting skin-cancer is small in comparison to lung cancer or livercancer and many other diseases. But there is of course a risk ot tanning- as with many other activities in life. Sunburn should be avoided. By adhering to our guidelines you can minimise any risks. But you can never exclude all risks - as with any activities in life.
As we have explained in the “Sunbeds and Tanning Explained” Section. Sunbeds filter out the Harmful UVC part of UV light. And just leave you with the parts. Before you start tanning regularly, we advise you get a base tan first.
How often can someone tan?
We recommend that everyone should wait at least 24 hours before tanning again. We also recommend that you only do it three times a week. Some Salons have more specific requirements
How long should I use a Sunbed my first time?
Everyone is different so our advice for first time users is to start with a very small amount of exposure time. Then you can gradually increase it as your base tan starts to form. Then once you have developed a nice and even tan we can and just want to maintain it, you can have prolonged exposure. Remember NEVER BURN EVER FOR ANY REASON. If you absolutely never get any sort of tan from real sunlight, Sunbeds will not either seems they emit the same UV light. Please feel free to come and talk to our experts today if you have any questions or need some advice. We are here to help
What should I wear when I use Sunbeds?
We provide free goggles to protect eyes as the eye lid is very thin. If you do not want lines you can wear no clothing. All our Sunbeds are enclosed and private. They are all cleaned professionally after each use. So it really up to you. We would recommend wearing nothing to get that perfect all over tan
When shouldn't I tan?
You should not tan if you have done so in the last 24 hours. If you have been taking Photo-sensitive Medication we recommend you do not tan also. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure. This can enhance the tan and make you burn. And remember never ever burn. Do not use if you have many moles or your doctor advises you against it.
Why should I use lotion ?
We have stocked here at Tropical Paradise a great selection of quality products. They are designed for indoor tanning. They maximize and accelerate great results. What is more important, they replenish essential nutrient, mineral and moisture to your skin. Lotions also contain antioxidants to shield free radical damage. Talk to our experts today
Do I need to wear Sun Protection Factors when I use Sunbeds?
No, because they are designed to let you stay in the Sun longer than what is considered safe. And when you tan in our controlled environment we let you stay in there for the right amount of time, which is very short
Is there such a thing as a safe tanning?
The word 'safe' usually implies that an activity can be engaged in recklessly, without any fear of injury. You do not ever want to be over exposed, which is why we tirelessly teach both tanners and non-tanners alike to be careful and smart about the exposure. Moderate exposure for those who can develop a tan is the smartest way forward. This will maximize the benefits and minimize the risks with either too little or too much Sunlight
Is eye protection necessary?
Keeping your eyes closed in not adequate protection. Your eye lids are too thin to stop ultraviolet light. So we recommend you wear the goggles we provide here free
Comparing natural Sunlight to Sunbeds
It is difficult to make a comparison because you tan the same way with both. Real sunlight is dependent on factors as well. Outside you cannot control the amount of UV light you are exposed to. Inside you can gradually increase the amount of sunlight you are exposed to without burning
Why do people sometimes itch after using sunbeds?
It is caused by dry skin or photosensitive reaction. They often are caused by a combination of heat from the tanning lamps, a lack of sufficient melanin in the skin and ultraviolent light. This is why it is very important to moisturize before and after tanning. Both irritations usually go away after a couple of days
How Do You Define Moderate Tanning?
The term "moderate tanning" means something different for every different individual, and that is an important point. The bottom line is what we call "The Golden Rule of Smart Tanning- Don't EVER sunburn. A fair-skinned, red-headed, green-eyed person may not have the ability to develop a tan without sun burning. This person should not attempt to tan then. On the other hand, most of us have the ability to develop a tan, and the majority of us tan very easily. Moderation, in our view, means avoiding sunburn at all costs. Going about that agenda will mean something different to every different person
Are All Dermatologists Against Indoor Tanning?
While most of the dermatology profession has an inexplicably myopic view about tanning, some enlightened dermatologists have broken ranks with their peers in recent years, urging their profession to re-think its one-sided dogma about sun exposure. Two of the most recent:
-Research dermatologist Dr. Sam Shuster, professor emeritus to the Department of Dermatology at Newcastle University in northern England, challenged his peers to quantify the alleged increase in skin cancer incidence, which is not based on actual numbers but only estimates. In the book, "Panic Nation: Unpicking the Myths We're Told About Food and Health-Shuster calls his peers to acknowledge that a tan is the body" natural protection against sunburn -a reality that has been all but stampeded under the establishment's rhetoric. "Unfortunately our attitude to sun and ultra-violet (UV) light is subject to much perverse and dubious technical 'advice', which society has passively accepted without questioning its provenance,- Shuster writes.
-Boston University Professor Dr. Michael Holick 'the scientist who was involved in the discovery of the active form of vitamin D in the early 1970s - wrote the book "The UV Advantage" in 2004, urging people to embrace moderate exposure to ultraviolet light as the body's natural way to produce Vitamin D. Holick is one of the world's leading authorities on vitamin D production. Since some exposure to sunlight is beneficial to your health, it is reasonable that if you wish to be exposed to sunlight, that you can do so with relative safety if you make sure that you do not receive a sunburn,-Holick says.
-Many rank-and-file dermatologists have more moderate views about sensible sun exposure, but have been intimidated by their peers not to discuss these views publicly. Indeed, upon publishing "The UV Advantage"in 2004, Holick was forced to resign his post at Boston University as a professor of dermatology, with the chair of that department calling his work "schlock science". In spite of such rhetoric, in the two years since publishing his book, most of Holick's positions have become mainstream thinking
Why is moisturizing skin important for a tan?
Healthy, moist skin will tan quicker, get darker and keep its tanned appearance longer because the melanin is produced rapidly and the skin also will not exfoliate as quickly when it is properly moisturized
How often do you change the bulbs in each bed?
We follow the manufacturer's guidelines for bulb replacement so that you will achieve the best results from your sessions. We typically change our bulbs when they have reached 70% of their capacity so your tan doesn't suffer from weaker UV rays