Welcome to The Tanning Shop blog! We here at the Tanning Shop are dedicated not only to responsible tanning practices, but to the provision of information to our clients in order that visiting our stores is not only a tanning session, but an experience in wellbeing.

The blog will be published on a weekly basis and we intend to provide information not only regarding current research into the benefits of UV tanning, but also hints and tips for getting the best from your tan whether UV or spray. Product and promotional spotlights will be published periodically and of course, current news from the tanning and beauty industry. We at the Tanning Shop welcome feedback and input from our clients and we invite you to contact us at customerservices@thetanningshop.co.uk

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There has been significant coverage in the media that sunbeds are dangerous and that high SPF lotions need to be used in natural sunlight. However, there is also significant research that shows that we in the northern hemisphere are suffering from vitamin D deficiencies in epic proportions due to the lack of UV exposure. So what is the natural compromise?

Using a sunbed in a reputable establishment means that you know exactly how much UV you are being exposed to due to strict regulations governing tanning shops, whereas when you tan outdoors, the UV spectrum of the sun fluctuates and you cannot accurately measure the strength of the UV rays you are being exposed to or for how long you should remain outside. We recommend that in the summer months, clients use SPF cream whilst in outdoor sunlight and use our sunbeds to maintain a golden colour to highlight your summer clothes!

Staff at the Tanning Shop are fully trained to give clients a free consultation in order to establish tanning history and skin type in order that the tanning programme and session length is appropriate to individual needs. One of the most popular beds at the Tanning Shop is the innovative “Sun Angel”, this bed measures areas of most and least UV exposure on your body and calibrates the lamps to provide the appropriate level of exposure based on the calculation between the two readings taken. Not only this, the Tanning Shop stocks a wide range of UV creams to maximise tanning potential whilst moisturising skin. Clients of a sensitive skin type are also provided for with the revolutionary Mystic HD spray tanning system which heats as it dries, giving a gorgeous, natural colour.

Key Point “Regulate your UV exposure in a reputable establishment and use SPF cream in the outdoor sunlight!”

Product Spotlight: Bare Science by California Tan

Bare Science is a new range for 2012 from California Tan. The range of three lotions are hypoallergenic and an absolute treat to use!

“Glow” has a natural bronzer and sultry “sunset temptations” fragrance. The “Glomance” technology reflects light and reduces the appearance of fine lines and evens skin tone. Great for use during the tanning session

“Firm” Firmer bronze skin equals younger looking skin. This spectacular hypoallergenic blend of bronzers with DHA provide the darkest results possible, while our Under-Age™ Technology works to take years off the appearance of your skin. Feel the cooling mint and caffeine work to firm and tighten the skin, while a refreshing blend of vitamins and antioxidants fight to neutralize free radicals, diminishing the signs of aging

“Skinny” is a sculpting and toning dual use intensifier which is to be used at night to give a boost of bronze colour and calm your skin

Ask staff in-store about this fabulous, funky new range!

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Research Digest: W/C April 16 2012

This week has been very busy in the world of vitamin D research and the Tanning industry, coinciding with the official start of the holiday season. Whilst there is a huge amount of research out there, we at the Tanning Shop will attempt to summarise the research as concisely as possible.

Dr Mercola has published a new article reviewing multiple data sources. The most significant finding is that reporting by research bodies and media claiming that sunbeds are the cause of melanoma is flawed, with the risk level being significantly miscommunicated. Mercola refers to the distinction between the relative risk ratio (i.e. the potential risk) and the actual risk ratio, which is less than 3 tenths of one percent and limited to those who regularly over-expose their skin!

Mercola also explains how other types of exposure, such as occupational and weekend exposure (without burning) are linked to a reduced risk of melanoma. A key point in Mercola’s article, is regarding patients with the highest blood levels of Vitamin D. These patients have a higher survival prognosis than those with lower levels.

For the full article, click the following link;


A further article which outlines research intothe contribution of UV exposure to a reduced risk of melanoma has been published by the Vitamin D council;


Current research highlights serious Vitamin D deficiencies in increasing numbers of  patients in the northern hemisphere due to the lack of natural sunlight. Leading medical professionals in the UK are promoting exposure to UV light in order to prevent the health risks associated with Vitamin D deficiency, Arthritis Research UK medical director, Alan Silman publicly encourages exposure to sunlight in order to boost vitamin D levels (O’Dowd, A. 2012). This important point was previously made by Doctor Tim Oliver (Daily Mail, 24 January 2009) whereby the doctor recommended that using a sunbed carefully during the winter months boosted Vitamin D levels.


Research is continuous and new developments are published almost every day. This edition of the research digest has been kept brief and concise in order to provide an introduction to the type of research information that will be analysed and summarised in the coming months. If you have any questions regarding research covered or subjects that you would like to see in the blog, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail and we will be happy to consider all queries in relation to the tanning industry and research. Please note that we do not profess to be medical professionals and the opinions expressed are based on published research.