Q.1  Does my tan protect me sufficiently from the sun?
Q.2  Can I go on a sunbed and sunbathe in the natural sun on the same day?
Q.3  Is there a difference between a suntan from the sunbed and one from being outdoors?
Q.4  How will my acne react to the sun or sunbed?
Q.5  Can I read on the sunbed?
Q.6  Can I use a sunbed when I am pregnant?
Q.7  Can you use a sunbed when you are taking medicines?
Q.8  What do I have to remember when I use a tanning product?
Q.9  Do I have to use any protective lotion on the sunbed?
Q.10  Is it best to shower before or after sunbathing?
Q.11  Why doesn t the skin tan equally on all sides?
Q.12  How long does the tan last?

Question Does my tan protect me sufficiently from the sun?
Answer For proper protection against the rays from the sun, a tan itself is not sufficient. The skin is best protected when it is both tanned and thickened. Excessive thickening of the epidermis may occur after an extremely intensive tanning session when the skin gives off a signal and starts to peel. In most cases, a peeled skin leads to patchy tanning.

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Question Can I go on a sunbed and sunbathe in the natural sun on the same day?
Answer You should avoid this, if possible, so that the daily exposure of ultraviolet rays is not exceeded, as this might cause sunburn.

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Question Is there a difference between a suntan from the sunbed and one from being outdoors?
Answer If the lamps of the sunbed contain a small percentage of UV-B and a larger percentage of UV-A, your skin will react in exactly the same way as it will out in the open air, namely by tanning and by thickening.. The pigmentation of both forms of suntans evolves in exactly the same way and both will result in a natural tanning process.

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Question How will my acne react to the sun or sunbed?
Answer People who occasionally suffer from a mild form of acne will usually benefit from a tanning session. The skin dries out a little and the radiation seems to have a disinfecting and healing ability. In some cases of severe acne, however, solar radiation has the opposite effect: the acne reacts to the light and gets worse. When in doubt, always consult your GP.

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Question Can I read on the sunbed?
Answer As UV-radiation is harmful to the naked eye, we advise against reading on the sunbed. We would advise anyone to wear special UV goggles during the sunbed sessions and to avoid looking into the lamps without wearing eye protection.

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Question Can I use a sunbed when I am pregnant?
Answer If you do not need to avoid the natural sun, you can use a sunbed as well. However, excessive sunbathing should be avoided in order to prevent too much strain on the body. In case of doubt, please ask your doctor.

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Question Can you use a sunbed when you are taking medicines?
Answer Some medicines greatly increase the skin's sensitivity to UV-radiation. They contain substances with a so-called phototoxic effect. Always read the medicine's instructions as they should contain this information and consult your GP whether your tanning programme should be adapted to the medicines used.

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Question What do I have to remember when I use a tanning product?
Answer If the product has been medically and dermatologically tested, there is no reason why you should not use it. However, we would advise against using untested tanning pills or tanning creams.

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Question Do I have to use any protective lotion on the sunbed?
Answer A personal tanning programme for a sunbed is based on the individual skin type and always assumes that the skin is without any oil or cream. Sunburn protective agents, oils and creams can influence your tanning programme and make it unreliable. This does not apply to creams developed for the use under a sunbed. People with dry skin often like using a hydrating cream before or after a tanning session.

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Question Is it best to shower before or after sunbathing?
Answer As soap affects natural skin oils, we advise against showering or bathing with soap just before a tanning session. There is absolutely no problem in showering after tanning. We can reassure people who believe that their tan will wash off that their beautiful tan will stay exactly where it is!

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Question Why doesn't the skin tan equally on all sides?
Answer The insides of the arms and legs do not tan so well because they have less pigment forming cells than the rest of the skin. The face does not tan easily because it has a thicker horny layer by nature, especially as a protection against UV-B rays. Freckles and pigmental spots have a high number of tanning pigments, and for this reason will turn darker much faster than other parts of the skin. Parts of the skin that we lay on have a poor circulation. A lack of oxygen may lead to a reduced coloration of melanin pigments. Tanning without pressure spots is thus provided best by vertical tanning units.

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Question How long does the tan last?
Answer About two to four weeks after sunbathing. Due to the natural renewal of the skin, the upper skin cells are shed little by little. After approx. 28 days the skin will have renewed itself. By means of corresponding care with special moisturising products, for example, the tan can be conserved longer.

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