Tanning salon owner’s advice: Done in moderation and sensibly, it can be beneficial. They can help improve minor skin ailments like acne and boost vitamin D.

23:03 18 April 2014

Tanning World owner Pamela Gilbey, with the new tubes.

Tanning World owner Pamela Gilbey, with the new tubes.


The owner of a tanning salon in Ely says that irresponsible practitioners are giving her industry a bad name.

Pamela Gilbey has been running Tanning World, in Chequer Lane, for 14 years and is a firm believer that sunbeds, when used in moderation, are safe and can provide a range of health benefits.

But, she says, a series of bad headlines and high profile cases of malpractice have put people off using sunbeds – something she says is unfair.

Pam said: “I have regular inspections to make sure I am complying with the new European regulations for safety and I’m always surprised to hear that some businesses apparently are not.

“A lot of people get scared off by what they see and read but I want to let people know that we are complying with all the safety regulations.

“Sunbeds are not what people like to make out. They are not like they used to be. Done in moderation and sensibly, it can be beneficial. They can help improve minor skin ailments like acne and boost vitamin D.

“You have to be 18 to use a sunbed now and we are very strict because we are liable for a big fine if we are found to be breaking the law.”

An inspection carried out by enforcement officers in North Tyneside earlier this year found that eight out of 10 tanning salons were not compliant with the new regulations.

The legal limit for sunbed emissions, as set by the European Union, is 0.3 watts per square metre – the equivalent, the EU says, of the midday sun in the Mediterranean.

But, in Tyneside, some beds were found to operating at 1.18 watts per square metre.


  • Seriously?! What this lady is saying used to be my philosophy. As long as did not burn and did it in moderation it would be good for me. Guess what....I was as stupid as this lady is now. I developed malignant melanoma, not once but three times. First one even required a skin graft. Now have to endure countless scans and doctors appointments to make sure it has not spread. I have an intermediate to high chance that some day it will. I am now Stage 2. This was all because of my stupid choices. To y'all girls out there who think having a tan is a great thing...you are wrong. A tan is not worth it!!! Not to mention it ages you REAL fast!

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    Jennifer Dufresne

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • This article is both irresponsible and inaccurate. Sunbed usage has been linked to malignant melanoma- a pernicious and often fatal disease.The cost to individuals and families of those affected is devastating. The cost of surgery and drug treatments to the already beleagured NHS huge. Surely you newspaper has a moral responsibility to publish medically accurate articles and promote a balanced view?

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    anne Mason

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Where is the balance in this 'story'? I support melanoma patients, many of whom have used sun beds in the past and are now regretting the days when they did, as they are now very poorly people. Sun bed users will become a huge strain on the NHS in years to come - melanoma treatments are ridiculously expensive - and this disease is increasing year on year. Go figure.

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    Gillian Nuttall

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • As a Tanning Salon owner, she would say that sun beds are safe. Sadly, this is not true as many Malignant Melanoma patients would tell her. Todays sun bed use = tomorrows cancer treatment.

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    Jan Malkin

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

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