Sunbed Tanning Basics

What to Expect.

Your time in a sunbed may vary from 2-20 minutes, based on your skin type and chosen sunbed.

A sunbed recreates the sun’s rays using a balanced mix of of UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) light. UVA’s main role in the tanning process is oxidizing melanin, the browning pigment that tans the skin. UVB rays trigger melanin production, causing the skin to become darker. 

Color develops and deepens over a 24- to 48-hour period.

Maintain your sunbed tan with sessions 1 to 3 times a week, again, depending on your skin type and chosen sunbed. 

Every sunbed is different with various tan times and features like aromatherapy and premium sound systems. Check ‘em out

Meet Your Sunbed Squad.

Our Tanning Consultants play a pivotal role in personalizing your sunbed experience. We’ll talk tanning history, sunlight-sensitive meds and #tangoals to make our expert recommends on skincare, sunbeds, session times and a tanning schedule just for you.

The first step to a customized tan plan? Know your skin type. And if you’re not sure, we’ll figure that out together, too.

If your skin is Type 1, spray tanning is the way to go for a natural-looking tan without any UV exposure. 

Now that you know the basics, see our tips for getting the very best tan.


It’s important to give a sunbed tan time to develop.

Planet Tan follows the FDA recommendation of AT LEAST 24 hours between sessions.