Sunbeds – for or against?

Sunbeds – for or against?

The taboo subject of sunbeds. There are some very divided and strong opinions about them and having recently started using them in preparation for my upcoming trip to Thailand (have I told you? Of course I have! 😜) I thought it was a good chance for me to share my experience, views and spark a bit of debate – because who doesn’t love a debate?!
A bit of back story for you, I was the whitest I’ve ever been this year (actually, scrap this year – in my entire life, no kidding); with no garden since living in my flat I haven’t been able to sunbathe like I used to. And with my trip coming up, I was worried about burning/getting sun stroke and ruining my holiday, so decided I should do a bit of research and get myself tanned. At the moment, I feel like it was a sensible decision so not to burn myself and potentially cause myself more damage. I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I didn’t take a selfie with some goggles on, so for shits and giggs;
I’ve been using the stand up beds as I can’t fathom a lay down one after watching one of the Final Destination films (I can’t remember which one- there are far too many in my opinion). Although it’s more than likely impossible, I don’t want to end up fried like this poor bird;
I’ve been visiting one of the local shops in town – Advance Tanning (shout out to Lauren and Louise – you girls made this headcase a lot calmer!) for the past couple of weeks and have clocked up a total of 20 minutes. I quite enjoy the feeling of the warm air on my skin and if you close your eyes, you can picture yourself standing with arms flailing in the air on an exotic beach somewhere beautiful (this is me picturing my heaven).
I was chatting with my manager Rachel and Leonie this lunch time and mentioned that I’d been visiting them to make sure I was skin ready for the tropical climate I was heading to. We started talking about the effects of sunbeds/tanning and heard a story of skin cancer which really shocked me. Driving to the tanning shop after work today, it sparked an idea for my blog.
Unless you’ve seen the effects it’s easy to dismiss the severe consequences of tanning, but I can totally understand how some men and women become addicted to it.
My friend Esther and I were chatting last week about how addictive it can be once she commented on how I looked quite tanned after only 3 visits.
I’ve made a vow to myself that I will stop when I get back as I don’t want to go down that road. It’s easily done and after the story I heard today – I don’t want to put myself in the same situation.
So let me know about your thoughts and experiences with sun beds, are you for or against – how have you found the experience? I personally have an everything in moderation opinion.
Until next time…
Gaby xxx


  1. Sue
    October 12, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    I started using them 2 summers ago and do one hour over the space of about 4 weeks – this is either to give me a tan if I’m not going away or to give me a base tan for holidays. I use lie down but spend the whole time thinking about final destination 😂😂

    • October 12, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      I absolutely get how people become addicted! It’s such a great feeling and I always feel better with a tan!

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