Owners of Sands in Penrith have recently invested in a state of the art sun bed due to increasing sales and demand in the Solarium part of their store, which launched on 4th July 2013.
Across the UK it has become increasingly popular to achieve the perfect tan with 10% of Northern Europeans using sun beds on a regular basis for tanning purposes1. Seeing a gap in the market Sands in Penrith, which traditionally sold gifts and cookware decided to branch out and diversify their business into the sun bed and fake tanning industry 25 years ago.
The sun beds have always been popular, however Sands has seen demand and the usage of their sun beds increase over the past few years. They often have long queues and have struggled to keep up with demand from people who want their 5 minute sunshine fix.
As a result the owners have invested in a new state of the art Luxura Hapro X7 sun bed, in addition to their four existing sun beds. However the Luxura Hapro X7, which is manufactured by Dutch company Hapro International is no ordinary sun bed and boasts a wide range of benefits for users.
The Sunbed, originally launched in 2012 has 38 tanning tubes and is ergonomically formed to support the whole body. Other features include face tanners, an air conditioning system, Smartvoice to talk customers through the menu options and extra long tanning tubes to guarantee a top to toe tan. A three-dimensional sound experience and ambient lighting features ensure attractive surroundings during the tanning session.
The Luxura Hapro X7 guarantees the safest, most targeted tanning as well as using Intelligent Power Control which optimises the performance and effectiveness of the tanning tubes and uses energy in an efficient manner, saving up to 25% energy per tube.
“There are often queues of people waiting to get their 5 minute sun fix and we really don’t like to turn people away when we’re too busy. The new sun bed will help ease capacity at popular times for customers who are in a rush. With the awful summers we’ve been having in the UK and less people going abroad on holiday, we’ve found sales increasing as people really love the sun beds as a way of keeping healthy and also relaxing” comments Lauren Tarrant who runs the Solarium.
While many organisations do not recommend the use of sun beds, it is recognised that they can have significant benefits to health and well being, including improved psychological wellbeing, increased confidence and self-esteem. They can help to alleviate the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or Winter Blues and offer a source of relaxation. UV light can help to improve various skin conditions like Psoriasis, Eczema and Acne and the pleasant warming effect of sun bed treatments can soothe muscular aches and pains.
However, the greatest benefit of sun bed use is its link to Vitamin D, which is essential for good health and lowers the risk of infections and disease. 6 out of 10 adults in the UK are Vitamin D deficient and studies suggest that moderate use of sun beds can raise the levels of Vitamin D in healthy adults by an average of 40%2.
Although we all know the risks associated with using sun beds, tanning in a sensible manner creates a whole host of health benefits. It is overexposure that causes the health risks, but in moderation sun bed use is good for you and the staff at Sands provide guidance to their customers about the healthy tanning and sun bed usage.