Recently I was invited along by the lovely team at The Tanning Shop to go along and try one of their sunbeds. When it comes to sunbathing, I am a pro. Sunbathing is my favourite part of a holiday, heat really helps with my condition so not only do I travel home feeling like a different woman than I did travelling out but I also come home with a tan which is always a bonus.
Sunbeds aren’t something that I’ve used in the past. I think this is mainly because all that you ever hear about them is the dangers. However, when used in moderation and sensibly, they can actually be extremely beneficial, especially for those with chronic pain and conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Studies have shown that UV light can help people who suffer from high levels of pain to cope better and to give them better mobility.
In addition to helping physically, UV light is reported to also help with moods and mental health. Particularly during the winter time when over here in England, we don’t have much access to sunlight throughout the winter…or any time of the year.
In addition to helping with all of the above, the sunbeds are of course good for tanning too. The tanning process begins from your first exposure to UV light and dependant on skin type and tanning history, you can see the beginning of a base tan from your second or third session. Fairer skin types respond much more quickly and as such, the session length is much lower. People with medium and darker skin types are more resistant to the tanning process and thus need more sessions to develop a base tan at a longer session length. Of course being fair, and it being my first experience on a sunbed, I was advised to go for a shorter session of six minutes and used a UV-specific lotion that is designed to replace moisture that could be lost during the session.
To make the most of a sunbed, for tanning purposes, it’s always best to ensure that your skin is fully exfoliated and is moisturised well which is something that is also relevant for sunbathing in natural sunlight too.
Whatever reason you decide to have a sunbed for, whether this be to reduce pain, improve your mental health or to develop a tan then it’s really important to make sure that you are using the sunbeds properly and safely. The Tanning Shop team are brilliant at what they do and can recommend how best to use the sunbeds to achieve your desired results so don’t be afraid to ask.
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*This post has been sponsored by The Tanning Shop.