06 February, 2024
Common Misconceptions about Sunbeds
Sunbeds Give You Skin Cancer
Any form of UV rays increases your risk of skin cancer,
including the sun. In countries where there is not much sunlight, this
shouldn’t be a concern as long as you are using sunbeds in a safe way. Unlike
the sun, exposure to UV rays on sunbeds are more controlled, meaning you have
more power over your exposure to them. So, why are sunbeds banned in Australia?
In Australia, there is a lot of natural sunlight, meaning the citizens there
already have a lot of exposure to sunlight and UV rays, so sunbeds are not
Sunbeds Will Burn You
Using sunbeds irresponsibly could potentially cause you to
burn, just like the sun. However, using the beds in a sensible way can actually
help you to build a “base tan” which can give you more protection from burning
against the sun. This can be especially useful before going on holiday to a
warmer, sunnier country (lucky you!) as your body will be more used to the UV
rays and your skin shouldn’t burn as easily.
Sunbeds Are Bad For Your Health
Quite the opposite of this is true! The UVB rays from some sunbeds
help to provide your body with essential vitamin D. Your body will naturally
convert UVB from the sun into vitamin D, but when there is not much sun during
the Winter months, or if you’re stuck inside during the sunny hours of the day,
a few minutes on a sunbed can be beneficial! In the UK, our bodies do not
produce enough vitamin D from sunlight alone. Vitamin D is needed to regulate
other nutrients in the body, which are essential for keeping teeth, bones and
There Are No Psychological Benefits
Along with the other benefits of using sunbeds, they can also
make you feel better and more confident! According to the sunbed association,
70% of people want to be tanned. Having a tan can not only make you feel more
confident, but also look healthier, improving your self-perception and boosting
your mood! Responsible use of sunbeds can also increase your body’s production
of endorphins (also known as the “happy hormones”) which decreases stress
levels, possibly improving mental health overall.
Please note, in the UK, it is illegal for anyone under the
age of 18 to use a sunbed.
Please do your own research before using a sunbed as they are
not suitable for everyone.
We hope that you have found this blog useful!
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