Exploring the World of Sunbeds: Types, Usage, and Skin Type Quiz

Exploring the World of Sunbeds: Types, Usage, and Skin Type Quiz
With summer just around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to dive into the world of sunbeds and put together a comprehensive guide on how to use them to build up your base tan before heading off on your holidays. But first, let’s explain what a base tan is and why it’s beneficial to develop one before you hit the beach.

What is a Base Tan and Why Get One?

A base tan is essentially a light tan you get before exposing yourself to the intense sun at your holiday destination. It's like preparing your skin for a more prolonged exposure to the sun's rays. Here's why you might want to get a base tan:
  • Reduce Risk of Burning: A base tan can offer a bit of natural protection and reduce the chances of getting a painful sunburn on your first day out.
  • Gradual Tanning: It helps you build up your tan gradually, which can lead to a more even and long-lasting tan.
  • Skin Conditioning: It gets your skin used to UV exposure in a controlled way, so your skin isn't shocked by the sudden increase in sun exposure.

Now that we know why a base tan can be beneficial, let's dive into the types of sunbeds, how to use them safely, and a fun quiz to help you figure out your perfect tanning time.

Types of Sunbeds  

1. Low-Pressure Sunbeds

What They Are: These are the classic sunbeds you find in most tanning salons. They use fluorescent tubes that give off both UVA and UVB rays.
Pros: They give you a natural-looking tan and are generally less intense, so there's less risk of burning.
Cons: You'll need longer sessions, usually between 15-30 minutes.

2. High-Pressure Sunbeds

What They Are: These beds use quartz lamps that mostly emit UVA rays, with less UVB.
Pros: They offer a deeper, longer-lasting tan in a shorter time, like 10-15 minutes per session.
Cons: They can be more intense, which might not be great for everyone.

3. Stand-Up Sunbeds

What They Are: Yep, you stand up in these sunbeds. They’re equipped with high-intensity lamps.
Pros: They give an even tan and are more hygienic since you’re not lying down on the bed.
Cons: The sessions are shorter, but standing might be a bit uncomfortable for some.

How to Use a Sunbed Safely

1. Know Your Skin Type: This is key to avoiding burns and overexposure. Our quiz below will help you figure out your skin type.

2. Start Slow: If you’re new to tanning, begin with shorter sessions and gradually increase the time as your skin builds tolerance.

3. Protect Your Eyes: Always wear the goggles provided by the salon to protect your eyes from UV rays- this is super important!

4. Don’t Overdo It: Limit your sessions to avoid skin damage. It’s best to wait at least 48 hours between tanning sessions.

5. Moisturize: Keep your skin hydrated before and after tanning to maintain a healthy glow and prevent dryness.

6. Use a Tan Accelerator: This will help you get the most out of your time on the sunbed, by stimulating your skin to tan more quickly and deeply. Earth Tan organic accelerators are 100% natural and work for all skin types, and you can find them here.

Skin Type Quiz: Find Your Perfect Tanning Time

Take this quick quiz to find out your skin type and discover how long you should spend on a sunbed to build a base tan.

1. What color is your skin naturally?
- A. Very fair, pale
- B. Fair, beige
- C. Light brown, olive
- D. Medium brown
- E. Dark brown, black

2. How does your skin react to sun exposure?
- A. Always burns, never tans
- B. Usually burns, tans minimally
- C. Burns sometimes, tans gradually
- D. Rarely burns, tans well
- E. Never burns, always tans

3. What color are your eyes?
- A. Light blue, gray, green
- B. Blue, green, gray
- C. Hazel, light brown
- D. Dark brown
- E. Black

4. What color is your natural hair?
- A. Red, light blonde
- B. Blonde
- C. Dark blonde, light brown
- D. Dark brown
- E. Black


Mostly A's: Type I – Very Fair Skin
Start with 2-3 minutes per session and gradually increase to no more than 10 minutes.

Mostly B's: Type II – Fair Skin
Start with 3-4 minutes per session and gradually increase to no more than 15 minutes.

Mostly C's: Type III – Medium Skin
Start with 5-6 minutes per session and gradually increase to no more than 20 minutes.

Mostly D's: Type IV – Olive Skin
- Start with 7-8 minutes per session and gradually increase to no more than 25 minutes.

Mostly E's: Type V/VI – Dark Skin
Start with 8-10 minutes per session and gradually increase to no more than 30 minutes.

Final Tips

Consult a Pro: Always chat with a tanning salon professional before starting your sessions. They can give you personalized advice based on your skin type and goals.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin and body hydrated.
Listen to Your Skin: If you notice anything unusual or feel discomfort, stop tanning and consult a dermatologist.

Getting that beautiful tan is achieveable with the right knowledge and precautions. By understanding the different types of sunbeds, using them safely, and knowing your skin type, you can build a healthy base tan to prep your skin for a deep summer tan. Happy tanning!
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