Please see our FAQ's below to answer any questions you may have. If your question is not answered below please speak to a Salon Operator in one of our locations or contact our customer service team.


How old do I need to be to use indoor tanning equipment?

By law, you have to be 18 years or older to use UV tanning equipment.

Why should I use a lotion when tanning?

Healthy skin is the foundation of a successful tan. Indoor tanning lotions are designed to provide critical moisture to the skin before & after tanning & can also increase your tan up to 60%. The healthier your skin, the longer your tan will last; this allows you to build upon your foundation tan to get deeper, darker results. Dry skin flakes away your tan layer by layer. Most indoor tanning lotions also contain important vitamins & ingredients to help extend your tan.

Why won't my tanning operator allow me to tan for as long as I want?

As there is risks involved to customers who expose themselves to UV light, it is the responsibility of the tanning  operator to determine the customers skin type & advise on length of session to eliminate the possibility of burning.

Why do I need to wear eye protection?

It is extremely important to wear UV eye protection during every tanning session to protect your eyes from UV rays. At Sunset Beach we offer free disposable eye protection to all customers & also sell reusable

Can I tan while pregnant?

Whilst there is no research to indicate that UV light would have a negative effect on an unborn baby, our policy is to prohibit the use of UV tanning equipment unless cleared by your GP.

How often can I use a sunbed?

It is recommended to leave at least 24 hours in between tanning sessions. Tanning more than once per day is not permitted.

How long are course minutes valid for?

30 Minute Course – 3 months

60/75 Minute Course – 6 months

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Is my salon a member of the TSA?

Yes, Sunset Beach is a proud member of The Sunbed Association. Our company GM is the Scottish Representative & has been a
board member for over 10 years.

What are the health benefits of using indoor tanning equipment?

UV tanning equipment is absolutely fantastic for the production of Vitamin D. Experts believe that having a vitamin D deficiency might limit the body’s ability to keep skin healthy and as such, conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema may be indirectly helped by ensuring that vitamin D levels are maintained. Having regular controlled exposure to UV light can also indirectly reduce the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Defective Disorder) by providing an artificial outdoor environment. UV light also boosts Serotonin production. Serotonin is the hormone associated with mood elevation and has been found to rise with exposure to bright light & fall with decreased sun exposure.

What are the health risks of using indoor tanning equipment?

There are two types of skin cancer - non-melanoma which can usually be easily treated. The second is malignant melanoma, which if not treated early enough can prove fatal. Some evidence points to sunburn and over-exposure to UV being one of the possible risk factors in contracting skin cancer. It follows, therefore, that avoiding melanomas can be helped by controlling exposure to UV – particularly in children. Malignant melanoma is found to be most prevalent on parts of the body not normally exposed to sunlight, suggesting that it is those areas that have to deal with intermittent, excessive doses of UV that are most vulnerable – or that UV over-exposure is not the only cause. Controlled exposure to UV, either in sunlight or on a sunbed, is important to avoid over-exposure and sunburn

Should I use an SPF whilst using indoor tanning equipment?

No, you should not use an SPF lotion whilst using UV tanning equipment. You tanning session will be controlled according to your skin type. Using an SPF will inhibit your results.

How do I determine my skin type?

Pop in to your nearest salon & our trained salon operators will assess your skin type.

How does the skin tan?

Skin gets tan because skin cells produce a pigment called melanin to protect themselves from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Different types of skin produce different amounts of melanin, which determines whether your skin reacts to the sun with a burn or with a tan.

Does a hot sunbed make you tan quicker?

Remember, heat does not mean that you will tan better. It might make you look redder. The tubes on the sunbed have been designed to run at an optimal temperature. Running the bed too hot will result in a drop in performance of the tubes. Keeping your fans on will oxygenate your skin, causing the skin to be more receptive to tanning.

What is 'sensible' tanning?

Sensible tanning is:

Ensuring you use a salon registered with the Sunbed Association.
Making sure you are hydrated before your session i.e. drink plenty of water.
Do not over expose your skin in natural sun light before or after your session.
Always use a tanning lotion to keep your skin moisturised.
Always take your salon operators advice on session length.
Always use eye protection.
Leave at least 24 hours between your tanning sessions.