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Why Tan?

The modern way to tan should leave nothing to chance. The emphasis is on pleasurable enjoyment of tanning, but taking into account the differences of skin type. The positive effects of UV light on our bodies are well documented, but many of us are unaware of the important part that UV light rays play in our lives. There is little doubt that carefully controlled exposure to UV light is essential to our health- but also benefits us in other ways:

  • Pre-holiday tanning greatly reduces the risk of burning, setting up the skin, allowing you to go into the sun sooner for longer.
  • Post-holiday tanning prolongs your tan leaving you looking and feeling better all year round.
  • Tanning promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
  • UV light stimulates the production of Vitamin D3, essential in our bodies for bones to absorb calcium and prevent Osteoporosis.
  • It counteracts the 'winter blues' or the effects of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
  • It's proven by dermatologists to effectively treat skin conditions such as Acne, Psoriasis and Eczema.
  • It also increases resistance to infection and viral diseases.

UV light is classified in wavelengths known as UVa, UVb, & UVc. Sunbed tubes contain a balance of UVa & UVb. The amount of A versus B combined with the wattage determines the strength of the tube.

Our ability to tan or susceptibility to burn is often genetically linked to hair and eye colour. Use our handy guide below to determine your skin type.

What skin type are you?

The Professional Tanning Studio recommends customers use our handy skin type configurator below to assess your own skin type. A description of your skin type will be determined at the bottom of this page. Knowing your skin type will help determine your exposure times to prevent over exposure.

However, this is only a guide. A salon assistant will recommend an appropriate session based not only on your skin type but also by the strength of the sunbed that you wish to use.

A. Determination based on your hereditary disposition.

What is the color of your eyes?

What is the color of your hair?

What is the color of your unradiated skin?

Are there any freckles on your unradiated skin?

B. Determination based on your experience with sunbathing (on unexposed skin).

What happens when you stay too long in the sun?

To what degree do you turn brown?

Do you turn brown directly after (within several hours) sunbathing?

How does your face react to the sun?

C. Your Tanning Habits.

When sunbathing, do you try to tan your whole body?

When did you last sunbathe (even under a sunlamp)?

Your Point Total is:

Please read the chart below to identify your Skin Type.

Your Score
Skin Sensitivity
Skin Type
Sun Sensitivity
Pigmentation Response
0 - 7
Very Sensitive
Always Burns Easily
Little to No Tan
8 - 16
Always Burns
Minimal Tan
17 - 25
Sensitive, Burns Moderately
Tans Gradually
25 or higher
Very Resistant
Moderately Sensitive, Minimal Burn
Tans Easily
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