Our skin type is something we are born with and we cannot change it!
There are six basic categories of skin type.
See if you can identify your skin type using the table below.
Your TSA sunbed operator will always assist you.
NB: Skin Types 4, 5 and 6: These skin types need to exercise precaution on initial exposure. Initial exposure should also be moderate. This particularly applies if living in the UK as natural skin protection factor is depleted through lack of regular exposure to sunshine.
The Sunbed Association’s (TSA) Code of Practice is based on the European Standard EN 60335-2-27: 2003 and the government’s guidance on UV tanning equipment (INDG209) which states that sunbeds should not be used by children under 16 years.
It is estimated that one-third of our lifetime exposure to UV occurs in the first 18 years of life. The delicate skin of children needs to be protected, as the melanin-producing cells do not act efficiently enough to cope with over-exposure and there is evidence which suggests that over-exposure and sunburn pose the biggest risk to skin damage.
Preventing sunburn and over-exposure in childhood is seen as a major factor in preventing skin damage in later life. On the other hand, studies have shown that UV provides a source of vitamin D, which is essential for maintaining a healthy skeleton, eg prevention of rickets. The answer is that children should receive a certain amount of exposure to UV for health reasons but must avoid over-exposure and sunburn.
The ’no-one under 16’ rule for tanning takes account of the fact that additional exposure to UV is not necessary for this age group.
Members of TSA are committed to working to the Association’s Code of Practice and, therefore, must not let anyone under 16 use their sunbeds, not even with parental consent.
Most people are able to use a sunbed but there are exceptions. If you answer YES to any of the questions below, you must NOT use a sunbed:
Also, if you are on any medication or drugs, please check with your GP or pharmacist before using a sunbed as certain drugs make the skin more sensitive to UV light. If you are pregnant, consult your GP before use.
So you’ve completed the above checklist and answered NO to all the questions and want to use a sunbed because looking good and feeling great is what having a tan is all about and why 70% of us in the UK want one!
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