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Old 10-02-2010, 11:50
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I'm going for my first sunbed shortly. My friend from work is taking me along. I'm wearing shorts and T shirt, and I've put on SPF 30 suncream. Will that be okay? Its a 6 minute session.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:04
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Don't do it, you'll smell like a burnt flipflop after!

I thought people usually wore undies/bikini/naked rather than partially clothed, partly due to wanting an all over tan and partly coz you sweat buckets. If you do go then you'll need the goggles to protect your eyes.

Could be guff but I heard sunscreen can damage the beds/lights so I'd suggest you do some research and also ask whoever mans the sunbed salon before your first session rather than hammering it, burning and ending up sore, smelly, red and with damaged skin. 6 mins seems quite lengthy for a first time.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:06
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I'm going for my first sunbed shortly. My friend from work is taking me along. I'm wearing shorts and T shirt, and I've put on SPF 30 suncream. Will that be okay? Its a 6 minute session.
No, it's NOT OK!! You don't use sunscreen on a sunbed, they have special lotions designed for the purpose. You do not dictate the length of the session, the person running the salon should make you fill in a questionnaire before you start (about skin tone, whether or not you burn, etc.), and they will tell you how long you should have for your first session.

You don't seem to understand much about sunbeds, and you should probably ask a few questions. If you need an SPF 30 sunscreen normally, there's no point in you using a sunbed, as you won't get a tan. What's the point of wearing shorts and a T-shirt? You could just as easily (and more safely) use a fake tan and get a better result on your legs and arms - the spray bronzers are excellent.

I don't mean to sound rude, and I've used sunbeds myself in the past, but now I really want to discourage people from using them, especially if they don't know what they're doing. There are alternative ways of getting a good tan these days, and they are MUCH safer.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:42
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I have an auburnish tine to my hair and always found it impossible to get a tan.

About 25 years ago I went to an excellent salon and they told me that, in addition to using the special creams mentioned above, the safest way to tan like this is to literally do it minute by minute. As more research has become available they believe that the sensible approach is to prepare your skin first by exfoliation, apply good approved cream / enhancer, leave at least 24 hours in between sessions (preferably 48) and start with 1 minute, then 2 etc. up to a maximum of 6 and that depending upon skin type it may be necessary to have more sessions at the lower times. They consider this to be a better alternative to going abroad and immediately exposing oneself to strong rays too quickly. I therefore now always prepare like this before we go on holiday and have never burned (of course I am still sensible with hat, cream and timing of sunbathing when away (or out in the garden)).

It irritates me that people dreadfully misuse and are allowed misuse sunbeds. In the case of the original poster it saddens me that she can have booked sessions without having already received some professional advice from the salon involved. My guess would be therefore that if she wishes to prepare her skin this way (rather than get an immediate tan for which as previous posters have said , there are better fake alternatives) it might be advisable to find a more professional salon.

I guess I should add that I'm already old and that the skin ageing aspect of having a tan is now academic to me.

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:47
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why do i think this is a wind up
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:48
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why do i think this is a wind up

You could be right! I await the second coming of the OP with interest.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:50
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why do i think this is a wind up
Oh no. It has taken me ages (with sooo many interruptions) to draft a reply!!!
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:56
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Oh no. It has taken me ages (with sooo many interruptions) to draft a reply!!!
Don't beat yourself up - the advice is good, maybe it will help someone else!
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:59
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Its not ok sunbeds should be banned they cause skin cancer and I think its pretty shocking and selfish that people are willing to destroy their body just to have a tan if you really need one get a spray tan. Tanned skin is damaged skin
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Old 10-02-2010, 13:10
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Its not ok sunbeds should be banned they cause skin cancer and I think its pretty shocking and selfish that people are willing to destroy their body just to have a tan if you really need one get a spray tan. Tanned skin is damaged skin
Then maybe your advice should extend to sunbathing in general rather than sunbeds per se and to the many other activities that humans get up to which may potentially damage our bodies.
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Old 10-02-2010, 13:14
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Yeah I'd include sunbathing I just don't think its worth it when the same effect can be achieved from a bottle. Why risk getting skin cancer and putting yourself, friends and family through something like that
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:33
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Yeah I'd include sunbathing I just don't think its worth it when the same effect can be achieved from a bottle. Why risk getting skin cancer and putting yourself, friends and family through something like that
Well, that's your opinion, and to a large extent I'd agree with it, but one doesn't get anywhere by calling the people who use sunbeds "shocking" and "selfish", and neither sunbeds nor sunbathing are illegal. Emotive language tends to put people's backs up. Education regarding the dangers is a better option.
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:44
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I'm going for my first sunbed shortly. My friend from work is taking me along. I'm wearing shorts and T shirt, and I've put on SPF 30 suncream. Will that be okay? Its a 6 minute session.
Don't forget your shades, a hat and as it's 6 minutes you'll need a magazine.
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:46
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Do they do mini-sunbeds for trolls these days?
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:47
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Well, that's your opinion, and to a large extent I'd agree with it, but one doesn't get anywhere by calling the people who use sunbeds "shocking" and "selfish", and neither sunbeds nor sunbathing are illegal. Emotive language tends to put people's backs up. Education regarding the dangers is a better option.
I'm sure the government will take heed of that in their next anti-crack cocaine advert and also ensure all police enducate about the dangers instead of calling them a f**king idiot.

Which if you use sunbeds, you are.
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:48
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Do they do mini-sunbeds for trolls these days?

What was that film where the girl got stuck under the sunbed and got cooked? First the sunbed switch got stuck in the "on" position, then something fell over the sunbed so she couldn't lift up the lid. It was sort of a black comedy, I think, only saw it a couple of months ago, can't remember the title. Enough to put you off sunbeds forever!
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:50
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I'm sure the government will take heed of that in their next anti-crack cocaine advert and also ensure all police enducate about the dangers instead of calling them a f**king idiot.

Which if you use sunbeds, you are.
I stand by what I said. The government crap about climate change goes straight over my head, but if you gave me all the evidence about WHY I personally should be doing something about climate change, I might listen. It's human nature, I'm afraid.
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Old 10-02-2010, 14:53
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I stand by what I said. The government crap about climate change goes straight over my head, but if you gave me all the evidence about WHY I personally should be doing something about climate change, I might listen. It's human nature, I'm afraid.
Each to their own, although sadly I don't think with sunbeds it will work. They just need to ban them apart from for medical use which they normally use UV beds for anyway.

The only reason there are so many in this area (north west) is because they are a perfect money laundering front and are almost always owned by some brassy tart (litterally) who's boyfriend is an on the side coke dealer.
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Old 10-02-2010, 15:41
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The only reason there are so many in this area (north west) is because they are a perfect money laundering front and are almost always owned by some brassy tart (litterally) who's boyfriend is an on the side coke dealer.

Not sure that happens in my leafy area of West London, the tanning shops all look very respectable! I know there are some right dodgy ones though, especially the ones that aren't supervised, but I thought these were now illegal.
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Old 10-02-2010, 15:49
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What was that film where the girl got stuck under the sunbed and got cooked? First the sunbed switch got stuck in the "on" position, then something fell over the sunbed so she couldn't lift up the lid. It was sort of a black comedy, I think, only saw it a couple of months ago, can't remember the title. Enough to put you off sunbeds forever!
Could you mean Final Destination 3?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVjz_x8EJLY

NEVER use sunbeds, that could happen!
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Old 10-02-2010, 15:58
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A sunshower is another option, but of course you'll need a parasol.
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Old 10-02-2010, 16:12
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Could you mean Final Destination 3?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVjz_x8EJLY

NEVER use sunbeds, that could happen!
Yup, that was it - I knew someone would have it!
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Old 10-02-2010, 17:16
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Could you mean Final Destination 3?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVjz_x8EJLY

NEVER use sunbeds, that could happen!

Saved money on cremation costs I suppose
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Old 10-02-2010, 17:35
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You could be right! I await the second coming of the OP with interest.
Does a good troll thread give you multiple orgasms do you think?
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Old 10-02-2010, 18:12
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6 minutes?

A real man like me could take 6 hours!
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