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A sunbed is any tanning unit used to tan the skin with UV radiation. You may know them as solariums, sun lamps or tanning beds. The amount of UV radiation you get from a sunbed can be as much as 15 times higher than what you would get from the midday Mediterranean sun.
Contrary to what some people might think, using a sunbed is not a safer way of getting a tan than from the sun. It exposes your skin to UVA and UVB rays that damage your skin cells and can lead to skin cancer.
Our advice is that no-one uses a sunbed to get a tan.
The sunbed industry in Ireland is not regulated and no safeguards are in place to protect those most vulnerable to UV damage that could lead to skin cancer.
If you fall into one of the following groups it is very important that you never use a sunbed:
Apart from causing skin cancer, using a sunbed can also cause:
Some diseases are treated using UV radiation. However, this is done under the supervision of a doctor. If you are having UV treatment for a medical condition, your doctor will speak to you about the risks involved.
You can get involved in influencing public policy on sunbeds by helping out our Advocacy team. Find out more here.
Check out the UV Index in your area: