Ab Fab Tanning Salons in London & the South East

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Absolutely Fabulous Tanning


There is no difference between natural sunlight and sunbeds; tanning salon sunbeds produce the same UV light as the sun.

Sunbed use itself has a number of benefits.


Perhaps the greatest benefit of tanning salon sunbed use is its link to Vitamin D


Sunbeds & sunlight are the main sources of your bodies ability to produce Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential for good health.

Sunbeds & sunlight is the most effective way for the body to manufacture Vitamin D - indoor or outdoor.



It is OVEREXPOSURE that causes the health risks. In moderation sunbed use is good for you.



What should you do?

Remove all jewellery and make-up prior to tanning as these act as a barrier & will decrease the tanning process.

Once in the private sunbed cubicle fully undress (bottoms maybe worn).

BEFORE ENTERING THE SUNBED you should apply either Absolute Gold or Absolute Style pre-tan enhancing creams. They contain the finest quality ingredients available to promote the deepest, darkest tan and are fortified with essential nutrients, vitamins and moisturisers. Ask our staff for advice on the best product for you.

IT IS IMPORTANT A CREAM IS APPLIED PRIOR TO TANNING AS MOISTURISED SOFT SKIN TANS FAR FASTER THAN DRY SKIN, dry un-moisturised skin actually reflects the rays, so you will NOT receive your full quota of tan.

Example: Without a lotion applied, you pay for 10 minutes, but only receive the equivalent of 6 minutes, you could be LOOSING up to 40% of what you paid for. NO BRAINER !!

Protecting your Eyes?

Ultraviolet light damages the naked eye, so we strongly recommend that you use protective eye wear and do not to look at the tubes with the naked eye.

Is the tan produced by a sunbed any different from the tan produced by natural sunlight?

There is absolutely NO difference between the colour of tan achieved from a sunbed compared to natural sunlight, the pigmentation process occurs in exactly the same way.

Both UVA (the TANNING ray) and UVB (the reddening ray)  are essential to achieve a tan. The ADVANTAGE of using a sunbed to tan, is the sunbed tanning tubes emit only a very tiny amount of UVB (less than 1%) and over 99% UVA ( the TANNING ray), so you tan WITHOUT the burning (following sunbed instructions is essential).

DO NOT exceed 4 minutes if you have fair skin or just starting a tan, the reception staff at all Ab fab salons are fully trained and will advise you on session length. This is why using our FULLY STAFFED and LICENSED salons is so important, rather than using UNMANNED and UNLICENSED sites.

Most people are able to use a sunbed but there are exceptions. If you answer YES to any of the questions below, you must seek medical advice or don't use a sunbed:


  • Are you aged under 18?
  • Do you always burn in natural sunlight?
  • Do you have a medical condition that becomes worse in sunlight?
  • Do you have an excessive amount of moles and/or freckles?
  • Do you have a history of sunburn, particularly from childhood?
  • Do you have very white fair skin with ginger hair?
  • Do you have skin cancer or does any member of your immediate family have/had skin cancer?

Also, if you are on any medication or drugs, please check with your GP or pharmacist before using a sunbed as certain drugs make the skin more sensitive to UV light. If you are pregnant, consult your GP before use.



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