Operators are not allowed to hire sunbeds to under 18s
Operators must supervise the use of sunbeds (coin operated sun beds will no longer be permitted).
Operators have a duty to display information on the health risks associated with sunbed use.
It is an offence to sell a sunbed to a person under 18.
Is it true that sunbeds are bad for you?
According to Cancer Research UK:
Sunbeds give out UV rays which damages our skin cells. Over time, this damage can build up and may eventually lead to skin cancer.
Using a sunbed once a month or more can increase the risk of skin cancer by more than half.
Young people are particularly at risk of the damaging effects of sunbeds – sunbed users under the age of 35 have a 75% higher risk of developing skin cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer(IARC) recently reclassified sunbeds as ‘carcinogenic’ (has the potential to cause cancer). This puts sunbeds in the same category as tobacco and alcohol.
Sunbeds can also make your skin look wrinkly early.
How do I spot skin cancer?
It is easier to treat skin cancer if it is caught early. Make sure you know what your skin looks like and watch out for any changes.
Cancer research UK provides some guidelines on detecting skin cancer. Have a look at their ABCD rule.
If you notice any changes to your skin or are worried then go to see you doctor as soon as possible.
How can I stay tanned but not use a sunbed?
Using a fake tan is much safer way of getting a tan than going out in the sun or using a sunbed. Some fake tans, like bronzers, wash easily off the skin. Others are made with a substance called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA reacts with the skin so the colour stays longer.