What is a solarium?

A solarium, or tanning bed, is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation, typically 95% UVA and 5% UVB, +/-3%) to produce a cosmetic tan. Regular tanning beds use several fluorescent lamps that have phosphor blends designed to emit UV in a spectrum somewhat similar to the sun.

Solariums use ultraviolet (UV) radiation to develop a tan. The levels emitted can be up to three times as strong as the midday sun.

A tan is not healthy. It is a sign of skin with UV radiation damage. A sunburn or tan is a sign of skin cells in trauma.

Any UV radiation exposure that causes your skin to tan adds to your total lifetime dose of UV and increases your skin cancer risk – even without burning.

There is no such thing as a safe tan. Research shows that people who use a solarium before the age of 30 have a 75% greater risk of melanoma than those who do not use solariums.

Watch this YouTube video about Clare Oliver who was touched by skin cancer: