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How safe are sunbeds


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Sunbeds are one of the most popular ways to get a year round tan without leaving the country. However, there has been a lot of negative media attention given to sunbeds over the years. The question is how safe are sunbeds to use or should you be listening to the bad media reports?

The potential dangers involved

Unfortunately, sunbeds can be potentially dangerous. They send out ultraviolet rays that are known to increase the risk of developing cancer.

What many people don’t realise is that sunbeds actually give out stronger rays than the Mediterranean sun at midday. It’s easy to think that they wouldn’t be as harmful as the actual sun. That’s why so many people use them day after day to build up their tan.

A few facts about the use of sunbeds include:

  • It’s illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use one
  • Those under the age of 25 are at greater risk when using one
  • They cause skin to age prematurely

Did you know that if you’re under the age of 18 you can’t legally use a sunbed? It’s illegal under the Sunbeds Regulation Act 2010 for any business to allow those under the age of 18 to use the beds.

People under the age of 25 are at a much greater risk of developing cancer later on if they use sunbeds. The same applies to children who suffer with sunburn early on in life.


One thing that women tend to worry about is looking older – pretty ironic really when you realise that sunbeds and tanning salons cause the skin to age prematurely. You use them to look healthy and younger, but in the long run they will have the complete opposite effect. Once the damage has been done, you cannot undo it. Therefore, it makes sense to limit your sunbed usage now before it becomes too late.

When shouldn’t you use a sunbed?

While ideally it would be much better if you avoided sunbeds completely, there are ways to decrease the damage. Limiting your use of the beds is obviously one way to do this. However, there are some people who shouldn’t be using a sunbed at all.

If you have fair skin that tends to tan poorly, you should avoid using a sunbed altogether. The same applies if your family has a history of cancer. Those with freckles and red hair are also at a greater risk, as are those who have a lot of moles.

It’s worth keeping in mind that different sunbeds have different levels of UV light. They aren’t all made equal. You should find out as much as you can about the one you plan on using.

Sunbeds are bad for the health and they can be even more harmful than actual sunlight. The UV levels are much stronger and therefore will damage the skin at a much faster pace. You can get a healthy glowing tan without risking your health thanks to hundreds of self-tanning products available on the market.




About Jemma Porter

About Jemma Porter

Jemma Porter is an experienced content creator who has written for a number of online publications. A self-confessed penny pincher; she's often found seeking out the best personal finance deals.

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