Sunbeds

Avoid sunbeds as part of being SunSmart.

Sunbeds, sunlamps and tanning booths produce harmful levels of UV radiation. People use them to tan.

Sunbeds expose you to higher levels of UV radiation than the sun. They increase your risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. They are an avoidable source of UV radiation and should not be used.

Sunbeds are not a safe way to tan or boost your vitamin D.

The Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 bans people under the age of 18 from using commercial sunbeds from 4 January 2017.

Read the Act.

Find out more about sunbed regulations around the world.

Read the Ministry of Health's advice about sunbeds.