THE ULTRAVIOLET RAYS
When your skin encounters ultraviolet rays (UV light), it turns brown or gets a reddish color. This color change occurs whether you receive sunlight outside or inside.
There are three forms of UV radiation: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C.
UV-B rays are milder on our skin but can still cause sunburn with excessive exposure. However, this type of radiation also has positive aspects, as it stimulates the production of vitamin D, which can help prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and a weak immune system.
UV-A rays are the most beneficial of the three and are responsible for the beautiful brown color in your skin. UV-A usually does not cause sunburn unless the skin is particularly sensitive or overexposed.
CLUBTAN uses only the best tubes and tanning beds to ensure the best tanning results. All of our beds have UV filters, providing a more controlled tanning experience at CLUBTAN.
WARNING: The use of tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma and skin cancer. Tanning bed use can also cause permanent damage to the eyes and skin, and your skin may age faster. The risk increases with early and frequent tanning bed use.
The Life-Giving Power of the Sun
Enjoy with Caution
Both sunlight and tanning beds emit UV light, which in moderate amounts is beneficial for our well-being and health. Sunlight stimulates our brain to produce a range of hormones that provide a sense of well-being and joy and initiate processes that affect learning, sleep, and memory. Many people feel down and depressed during the dark winter months when they don't get enough light.
If we completely avoid the sun, there is a risk of vitamin D deficiency since the sun is our primary source of it. Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of various diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's, and depression. In Denmark, the Health Authority recommends taking extra vitamin D supplements from October to April.
The Golden Middle Way
Excessive sunbathing can cause premature aging of the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer, which should not be confused with the more severe melanoma. Sunburn is painful and can, in the worst cases, require medical assistance, but even a mild sunburn can be uncomfortable, as the skin becomes tender, burning, and itchy.
The skin always remembers the sun it has been exposed to, so it is important to establish good sun habits early in life. Repeated sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer and should always be avoided.
There is great variation in how much sun each person can tolerate, so there is no "one size fits all" model. A good rule of thumb is to know your skin type. The Fitzpatrick scale divides us into six skin types, indicating how much sunlight each type can tolerate.
The sun's ultraviolet light consists of UVA and UVB rays, with UVB being the most powerful. The distribution of UVA and UVB rays depends on the season, time of day, and location on Earth, making it difficult to determine exactly how much sun one can tolerate.
In tanning beds, the skin is always exposed to the same amount of ultraviolet light. In 2007, the EU established a fixed standard for tanning beds, which means that you can be exposed to a maximum amount of sunlight equivalent to the midday sun in the Mediterranean on a summer day. This avoids sunburn and reduces the risk of skin damage.
Tanning bed use should be avoided if you frequently experienced sunburn as a child, have large or abnormal moles, have had skin cancer or have a family history of skin cancer, or if you are taking photosensitive medication, as sunlight can trigger side effects such as rash.
Lastly, tanning bed use is only for individuals over 18 years of age.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most commonly, these white spots occur on the shoulder blades or above the buttocks and are caused by pressure on the body when lying in a tanning bed. The pressure inhibits blood circulation in these areas of the body. These areas do not tan because the blood does not supply the necessary oxygen for the tanning process.
TIP: Turn onto your stomach when half of the treatment time has passed, and these exposed areas will also become tan.