Contrary to popular belief, using a sunbed is not a direct alternative to being exposed to the sun on a hot day.
In fact, the UV rays that are used in sunbeds are up to six times more intense than direct sunlight.
This is something that not a lot of people are aware of, believing that using sunbeds is just a convenient way to get a good tan when the weather isn’t at its best.
Because of this lack of knowledge, people aren’t quite sure how long they should be using the sunbed for, here is some information that might help clarify this for you.
When you use a sunbed, the UV rays are far more concentrated. This means that to achieve the same results as being in the sun, you won’t need to be in the sunbed for nearly as long.
A good example of just how different the results are taking into account that ten minutes in a sunbed compares to about 2 hours in direct sunlight.
From there you can begin to figure out just how much time translates between using the sunbed and gaining a natural tan.
So if you were to have a five minutes sunbed session, it would convert to around an hour in the actual sun. You can use this information to determine just how long you should use a sunbed for.
If you’re someone who can’t be in the sun for too long, then you really shouldn’t be spending a long time in a sunbed, especially since a sunbed is far more concentrated than just relaxing in the sun.
You should also take into account the amount of damage that you can sustain over that period of time and protect yourself accordingly, with SPF sun cream and strong aftersun.
In order to give you a better idea of what you should expect in terms of comparing your time in a sunbed with spending time in the sun, here is a comprehensive table.
As you can see from the information in the table, you really do not need to spend too much time inside the sunbed to gain good results.
You really need to make comparisons between how you would treat sunbathing in direct sunlight, you wouldn’t be out in the sun for hours at a time so you shouldn’t be in the sunbed exposing yourself to what is the equivalent of hours.
You really shouldn’t spend more than 15 minutes in the bed, depending on your skin type.
Hopefully, this data will make you really think about your sunbed session times and downgrade them if needed. Remember that overuse will age skin faster and may also develop into long term health problems.
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Disclaimer: It is best to not use sunbeds at all as they are proven to cause damage to your skin and health.
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