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Frequently asked Questions

Is it Safe?
In recent years, a number of preconceptions have, for whatever reason, emerged in connection with the sun, sunbeds and UV light. Let us put an end to some of these notions.

For instance, people claim, time and time again, that the light generated in a sunbed is more harmful than natural sunlight. An absurdity, as, for example, Dr. Gerd Kindl and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Raab establish in their book "Licht und Haut" (Light and Skin). As far as these two experts are concerned, the light in modern sunbeds - which contains both UV-A and UV-B - is even healthier than natural sunlight. Users tan more quickly and they only risk getting sunburned if they overdo it.

A further preconception: exposure to UV light causes skin cancer. Not so, according to Prof. Dr. Schröpl, one of Germany's leading dermatologists, in an interview: "For about 20 years now, patients with skin disorders have been exposed to high doses of UV. To date, this has not resulted in a single melanoma."

Source: G. Kindl, W. Raab, Licht und Haut (Light and Skin), published by Govi-Verlag

Do I need to book an appointment?

No. You can just turn up and go. On your first session one of our professional yet friendly staff will sit down with you to assess your colouring and a suitable course of sessions.

From what age can a sunbed be used?
Sunbeds can be used by anyone over the age of 16.

Who uses Sunbeds?
All kinds of people use sunbeds since acquiring a tan can lead to a feeling of physical and mental well being. Here are a few possibilities;

1. Sunbeds are very popular with men and ladies alike because many people consider a tan enhances their look and feel before a weekend on the town.

2. Medical referrals - some clients use the beds because they have certain conditions which respond positively to UV exposure e.g. psoriasis, arthritis and acne. Others are seaonally depressed and find that a sunbed makes them feel better.

3. Sunbeds are very popular with holiday makers especially those seeking the sun abroad. They usually take out a pre-holiday protection course of tanning thus avoiding the first few days of burning in the tropical sun.

4. Some ladies in particualr like to acquire a tan because they feel more naturally attractive and are less likely to use makeup.

5. Lastly there are the celebrities, people like models who acquire a tan before a photo shoot and sportsmen who tan before a match.

Are there any health benefits of tanning?
The biopositive effects of artificial sunlight has on our organism do not just apply to young people. There are even reasons why older people, in particular, can benefit from regular visits to a tanning salon.

Osteoporosis: increasing numbers of elderly people are suffering from loss of bone calcium. The bones become porous and break easily. In old age, this may - after a femoral neck fracture for instance - result in the need for permanent care.

Osteoporosis is caused by a deficiency of calcium. Up until about the age of 30, calcium is stored in the bones and hardens them. However, it is also needed in other areas of the body. And if you don't get enough calcium through the food you eat, your body "steals" it from the bones over a period of years. As a result, osteoporosis sets in.

How can you prevent osteoporosis? With a calcium-rich diet - and regular sunbathing - because your body needs vitamin D, before it can actually process calcium at all. And because it is extremely rare for this mineral to occur in food, Mother Nature has come up with something quite ingenious. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that our body can produce itself. All it needs to do so is sunlight.

When exposed to UV-B, the cholesterol in the skin is transformed into provitamin D. Within 12 hours, your body heat turns this provitamin D into vitamin D.

However, from October to March, the sunlight in our latitudes contains hardly any UV-B at all. Most of it gets lost in the atmosphere. As a result, the body's own vitamin D production comes to a complete standstill during this period, notes Dr. Albrecht Falkenbach from the Gasteiner Heilstollen Sanatorium. The result: even if we eat a diet rich in calcium, our body is unable to process this valuable mineral.

This is where modern sunbeds lend a helping hand with their UV-B light component. Although, when applied correctly, the dosage is so low that it prevents you from getting sunburned, it is high enough to re-trigger the body's own vitamin D production. This way, you can do something for your tan - and strengthen your bones at the same time.

Many tanning enthusiasts often ask: Can use on a sunbed wearing contact lenses?
The answer is yes, but, like all other sunbed users, those who wear contact lenses should also put on special goggles that protect the eyes from UV radiation - such as the "Super Sunnies" from Ergoline. To afford better protection, ACUVUE replacement contact lenses with UV blocker are available from Johnson & Johnson for both spectacle and contact lenses. The UV-A and UV-B filter incorporated in the replacement contact lens wearers protects the cornea and inner eye almost completely from high-energy UV radiation.

This benefits sunbed users not only outdoors but also while they're on the sunbed. You can also wear these contact lenses without restriction on sunbeds. Please ask your ophthalmic optician or eye care professional for further details or an ACUVUE comfort test.

I have fair skin, what affect will this have?
People react differently to sunlight - depending on their skin type. Therefore, to tan correctly - either in natural sunlight or on a sunbed - it is important to know the type of skin you have.
Getting a quick tan is not possible without putting your health at risk. This, of course, applies all the more the paler your skin is. It you stay on a sunbed for too long, your skin will absorb too much UV energy which may cause skin irritations, itching or even sunburn.

After sunbathing, it takes two to three days for the photobiological reaction to become visible - in the form of a skin tan. If you want to get a deep tan without making excessive demands on your skin, you should plan one to two sunbed sessions a week, leaving about three days between each session. Eventually, one top-up session a week will be enough to keep your tan looking good.

Before tanning for the first time, always get your salon to prepare a tanning regime that's tailored to your particular type of skin.


Tanning Tips

There's more to tanning than just climbing onto a sunbed. A couple of things should be remembered if you want to really enjoyment your visits to the tanning salon. Here are the answers to some common questions.

Does it make sense to establish a base tan before going on holiday?
Developing a base tan is worthwhile. We need to prepare the skin for the sun's powerful rays and give it time to build up the light protection screen it needs under that holiday sun. The most effective way to do this is on modern sunbeds that deliver light similar to the sun's rays.

Can I get on a sunbed with make-up on?
Please don't. Make-up blocks the pores of your facial skin. The UV light in a sunbed opens up these blicked pores allowing not only light to penetrate the skin but also the allergy-causing constituents in make-up.

What about showering after getting off the sunbed?
There is just no truth in the rumour that a refreshing shower after leaving the sunbed will wash and scrub away your tan. Tanning takes place in the skin, not on it. Take care of your skin by showering and applying a moisturising cream - this will really bring out your tan to best advantage.

Can I use a sunbed if I'm on medication?
Some medications are known to make the skin more sensitive. The likelihood of this happening is particularly high with antibiotics, sulphonamides, psychopharmaceutical drugs, tranquillisers, antidiabetic and diuretic drugs. Tanning products containing psoral derivatives or coumarin also increase skin sensitivity. If you are in any doubt, first ask your doctor so that you can enjoy sunbathing without taking risks.




















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