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 other skin cancer and can damage unprotected eyes. They are an avoidable source of UV radiation and should not be used.

Sunbeds are not a safe way to boost your vitamin D and there is no such thing as a safe tan.

The Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 bans people under the age of 18 from using commercial sunbeds. They are particularly risky for young people, but they are not safe at any age.

Read the Act.

Find out more about sunbed regulations around the world.

Read the Ministry of Health's advice about sunbeds.