If you’re like me, strawberry blonde, blue eyes and very pale freckly skin – you’ll know how hard it is to be out in the sun and instead of getting a nice golden tan…going pink instead. My beauty therapist recommended that maybe I should try and build up a tolerance to the sun; by using a sunbed to create a base tan slowly on my pale skin. Over a period of 6 – 8 months build up my minutes under the sunlamp UV rays to increase my skin’s natural tolerance to sunlight. She also suggest using a tanning salon that has sun beds providing low UVA rays, as these help those with pale skin develop a golden tan instead of a darker tan more suitable for those with olive skin.
How sunbeds work
Sunbeds work by emitting low levels of ultra violet light waves (UVA & UVB) through several fluorescent lamps, either on a sunbed or upright in a tanning booth. As with natural sunlight, these light waves penetrate the skin, causing the skin to become bronze and boosting vitamin D production. A golden tan doesn’t come instantly and takes several sessions under a sunbed to develop on anyone.