We appreciate that using sunbeds is appealing for many of our customers – making you feel good about the way you look.

As a professional tanning salon we aim to make the tanning process as safe and comfortable for you as possible.

If it is your first visit please do not be surprised if your tanning salon assistant asks you some questions and offers guidance on maximum times to be used on the tanning equipment.

Below is some information on skin types and how your skin type will influence the amount of time recommended.

A large amount of this information is also available with the Health and Safety Executive.


The World Health Organisation and Department of Health advice suggest that you avoid UV tanning equipment if you have any of the following.  We have wonderful, fast spray tanning options and make-up service here at Modern Flair, along with a number of beauty treatments to help you feel fabulous.

When should you opt for spray-tanning instead of sun beds?

  • If you have fair, sensitive skin that burns very easily or tans slowly or poorly;
  • Have a history of sunburn, particularly in childhood;
  • Have a large number of freckles and/or red hair;
  • Have a large number of moles;
  • Are taking medicines or using creams that sensitise the skin to sunlight;
  • Have a medical condition that is worsened by sunlight;
  • History of skin cancer in your family in the past;
  • Already have extensive skin damage due to sunlight;
  • The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act, effective from April 2011, means it is illegal for under 18’s to use UV tan
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Your Skin Type and how it impacts on tanning salon choices

Is your skin type…?

Type I – Often burns, rarely tans. Tends to have freckles, red or fair hair, blue or green eyes.

Type II – Usually burns, sometimes tans. Tends to have light hair, blue or brown eyes.

Type III – Sometimes burns, usually tans. Tends to have brown hair and eyes.

Type IV – Rarely burns, often tans. Tends to have dark brown eyes and hair.

Type V – Naturally brown skin. Often has brown eyes and hair.

Type VI – Naturally brown/black skin. Usually black/brown eyes.

Having a tan when you want one means tanning sensibly – Everything in moderation

We will be pleased to guide you on how many minutes you should limit your session to.

People with skin type I and II are not advised to use UV tanning equipment. Our spray tanning and semi-permanent make up artists are better positioned to serve people with these skin types.

We will also be pleased to discuss tanning times for skin types III, IV, V and VI

Sunburnt Skin

Spending too long on UV tanning equipment can cause your skin to become painful and red, and it may blister and peel. Burning the skin from UV exposure can double your risks in the future.

Never use the UV tanning equipment without eye protection. If suitable goggles are not worn you may suffer eye irritation or conjunctivitis in the short term, and cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye) in the long term. Do not rely on closing your eyes or using cotton wool.
Wash off any such products on your skin before using the equipment and make sure the equipment is clean before using it.
Make sure you are medically fit to use the UV tanning equipment, and that you are not taking any medication, including alternative medicine and therapies, that could increase the sensitivity of your skin. Some conditions can make you more vulnerable to sunburn.
Tell staff about your normal reaction to sunlight so they can advise you whether to use the equipment and if so for how long you can do so without burning (remember, using UV tanning equipment carries health risks even if you do not burn).
If you notice any abnormal skin reactions during the tanning session stop exposure at once and do not use UV tanning equipment again before seeing a doctor. If you notice any abnormal skin reactions after the tanning session do not use again before seeing a doctor. Seek medical advice promptly if you notice an unusual skin growth or a change in the size, shape or colour of a mole that occurs over weeks or months.

Stay safe

Make sure you understand how to use the equipment, how to turn it off and to locate the emergency button (or call for help if there is no button).

Protect you skin in the sun

A tan obtained from UV tanning equipment provides very little protection against sunlight. Always protect your skin from excessive exposure to the sun.