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Our Sun Beds

Please take time to read over our salon guidelines before your first visit


With over 13 years of experience in the tanning industry, we guarantee you'll get the best possible tanning experience at Shwe.

Ergoline is the global market leader in tanning equipment, which is why we had our sun beds shipped over from Germany - to provide you with the best!

You can choose from a lay down, stand up or Sun Angel sun bed. Find out more below about each sun bed.

We regularly change our lamps, so every sun bed gives the best performance.

On your first visit, you'll be given a consultation by one of our friendly tanning consultants to find out your skin type and your tanning goals. They'll then give you advice on which sun bed to use, how many minutes per session you'll need (if you're not using the Sun Angel), the correct sun bed lotion to use whilst tanning and what to use on your skin at home, to help you build your desired tan as quickly as possible.

You’ll then be shown how to safely use the sun bed and how to use your complimentary eye protection.

All rooms are fully air-conditioned for your comfort.

You can plug your phone into our sun beds so you can relax and listen to your own music while you tan.

Each sun bed also has adjustable fans inside to keep you cool and fresh whilst tanning.


First 5 tanning minutes FREE

First Sun Angel Sun Bed only £10.50

Just mention these special offers on your first visit to receive your discount.


Sun Angel - 20 Minute Sun Bed

Harlow's most powerful Sun Bed

The Sun Angel gives you a deeper, darker longer-lasting tan than ordinary sun beds. It's a safe way to tan, so you can tan with confidence at Shwe.
Each Sun Angel session is 20 minutes.

How does it work?

On your first visit, we'll show you how to use all of the controls on the Sun Angel and we'll ask you a couple of questions regarding your skin type / how easily you tan. This will determine whether we get you to scan (sensor) on your first visit or not. Most of our clients don’t scan on their first visit – this means the bed is set on the lowest intensity mode and allows your skin to prepare for the UV. If you are fair, we recommend using the lowest setting for your first 2 visits.

On your second visit (which should be within 2 – 3 days) we will get you to take a reading of your skin with the Sun Angel skin sensor (on your forehead and forearm). This will calculate how much UV your skin can safely take during your 20-minute tanning session.

The Sun Angel has high-pressure shoulder tanners and ultra-performance facial tanners to give you the best possible tan - we'll show you how to turn these up and down to your desired level.

You can adjust the temperature on the Sun Angel; you can have it up to 30 degrees for those chilly days or a nice and cool 17 degrees. Plus there is a refreshing spray that you can turn on to keep you cool.

We'll show you how to use the 3D sound system - so you can listen to the music which plays through the Sun Angel or plug in your phone or MP3 player so you can relax and listen to your own music while you tan.

Looking for 20 minutes of relaxation?
We'll show you how to turn the music off so you can have 20 minutes tanning and forty winks!

Sun Angel

20-minute session
Course of 3 sessions
£54 (£18 per session)
Course of 6 sessions
£99 (£16.50 per session)
Course of 10 sessions
£150 (£15 per session)


Stand Up and Lay Down Sun Beds

Our Lay Down Sun Bed has 3 facial tanners, and you can choose to turn these up and down as desired.

If you're not one for confined spaces, there’s lots of room for you to move about inside our Stand Up Sun Bed.

It’s also great for getting those white bits underneath your arms, as you can hold onto the bars inside while you tan.

Lay-Down & Stand-Up Sun Beds Price List

100, 80 and 50 minute courses can be used on both our Stand up and Lay down Sun Beds

£1.10 per minute
Course of 50 minutes
£44.99 (90p per minute)
Course of 80 minutes
£67.99 (85p per minute)
Course of 100 minutes
£79.99 (80p per minute)
Course of 120 minutes
£89.99 (75p per minute)

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How Using a Sun Bed can Benefit you

  • Positively affects bone regeneration and helps to protect against osteoporosis
  • Stimulates the immune system and increases physical and mental performance
  • Activates "happy hormones" and helps to relieve depression
  • Strengthens the cardiovascular system and can reduce blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Relieves skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema

Sun Beds FAQ

What is the difference between the Sun Angel and the normal Sun Beds?

The Sun Angel is a 20-minute sun bed. You scan your skin before you use it and it calculates the right amount of UV for your skin type.

The Sun Angel is a safer bed to use and gives you a more natural tan, whereas, the other beds have stronger tubes - so we advise how many minutes you should have and you gradually build them up.

You build your tan up a lot quicker using the Sun Angel than using a traditional stand-up or lay-down sun bed.

To put it into perspective - it takes 120 minutes to build your base tan, which is only 6 sessions on the Sun Angel! Or 12 Stand Up / Lay Down Sun Beds if you had 10 minutes each session (but most clients start off with 5/6 minutes - sometimes less).

How many minutes should I have on the Sun Beds?

We recommend how many minutes you should have, depending on your skin type. We like to ask as many questions as possible to really understand how your skin is against the suns UV rays. Skin colour / eye colour / how easily you tan / Burn. All of this information really helps us determine how many minutes you should have. It’s better to start off with lower minutes to see how the UV is against your skin. Skin type 1: 2 – 3 minutes. Skin type 2: 4 – 5/6 minutes. Skin type 3: 6 – 8 minutes. Skin type 4: 8 – 10 minutes. We suggest that you never jump up by 2 minutes because even 1 minute can make a big difference! Building up your minutes gradually is the best and safest way to tan.

Can I have a sun bed after microblading or Botox?

After microblading, you should avoid UV light for at least 4 weeks and Botox at least a week.

Why do I need to use a lotion on the Sun Beds?

Well.. Lotions keep your skin hydrated, this is really important when using sun beds as it prevents your skin from drying and going ‘wrinkly’. Lotions absorb UV into your skin instead of your skin reflecting it away. You tan 60% better with a lotion than without. You can also use them outside (take on holiday with you). But you would need to apply your SPF on top. They smell and feel incredible - they are so nourishing!

What should I do if I am burnt?

We always do our best to help give you the correct advice to ensure you don’t burn on our sun beds. However, if you use our sun beds with an oil-based moisturiser, you are likely to burn which is why we recommend to not wear any moisturiser on the day of your visit. Whether you have burnt on a Sun Bed or out in the sun. We highly recommend you avoid going on Sun Beds / sun bathing outside until the pink/redness has completely gone. If you are uncomfortable, we recommend placing a wet towel/flannel onto the burnt area – this absorbs all the heat out of the burn. We also recommend keeping the area really hydrated, our hempz moisturisers are perfect and very soothing! A thin layer of sudocrem also helps!

Do you have any lotions for Sensitive Skin?

We do! Our Hempz Hypoallergenic range is especially for our clients that have sensitive skin. They are enriched with Natural Calming Extracts and 100% Pure Natural Hempz Seed Oil. We also have a hempz hypoallergenic bronzing lotion too, for that extra boost. They are both Gluten & Nut Free. Hempz Hypoallergenic sachet costs £3.99 and our Hempz Hypoallergenic Bronzer sachet costs £4.50. We do both lotions in bottles – which work out a lot cheaper in the long run.

What products do you recommend to get the best tan?

Well, we have so many amazing products, but if we were to choose a selection for you to get the best tan it would be... Our Shwe Lemon Body Scrub, this is a really good exfoliator (really gritty) to get rid of any dead skin and give you a nice fresh layer to tan on. One of our Hempz moisturisers (the Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon one smells incredible), are great to use after you exfoliate and also after using a Sun Bed. Lastly, our Go to Black sun bed lotions are the best! They are our fastest and darkest lotions, we have 3 with bronzers and 1 without. If you use all these products, regularly moisturise and exfoliate – you will really see the difference in your tan.

I’m going on holiday this year – when do I need to start tanning?

If you are going on Holiday this year, don’t leave getting a ‘base tan’ until the last minute! Coming in the day before your holiday for 10 minutes is NOT going to give you a base tan. It takes on average 120 minutes to get your base tan – which is the equivalent to 6 Sun Angels. Make sure you are coming in at least 2/3 times a week if you are using the Sun Angel. This really starts to develop your tan and gives it a nice boost coming in that third day. If you are going to use the Stand Up / Lay Down, you would need to come in more often and have less minutes to build up your tan. Having a high number of minutes once a week is not going to give you a base tan or keep you topped up and you are likely to burn.

Make sure you are using the right sun bed lotions when on the sun beds. We have a great selection here at Shwe and we are here to help choose the right one for you! We never recommend going on a bed without one, as lotions help absorb UV into the skin, whereas without one – your skin reflects it away. You are 60% more likely to get a tan with one than without, therefore if you are going on a sunbed for 10 minutes, you are really only getting the benefit of about 4 minutes. Don’t waste your precious sun bed time!

Hydrated skin is happy skin! Hydrated skin tans quicker than dry skin – so make sure you are moisturising at home! Remember to moisturise on the days between your sun beds… However, on Tanning day please do not come in with any moisturiser on. (as the majority of moisturisers have oils in, which will cause you to burn).

If you follow all these steps, regularly exfoliate and moisturise, you’ll have the best base tan and be ready for your holiday. Or if like last year, we have another heat wave, you’ll be ready for the summer months!

I've just had a tattoo - can I have a sun bed?

If you have had a tattoo recently, we recommend you stay away from sun beds for the first 6 weeks.
Your skin is open – we wouldn’t want any UV getting into your skin or for it to fade.
When you are back ask about our tattoo fade protecting tanning lotions which we highly recommend you use.

How many times a week can I sensibly use a Sun Bed?

Moderate tanning of 2-3 sessions per week is ok but it is important to leave a minimum of 48 hours between sessions. We recommend no more than 60 sessions in total per year.

What are the benefits of using a Sun Bed?

It is a controlled way to tan - i.e. avoiding burning. An individual tanning programme determines the correct session length for the sunbed being used and your skin type. Plus, very importantly, it can help maintain your vitamin D levels

How do Sun Beds help avoid Vitamin D insufficiency?

UV exposure is the main source of Vitamin D production. Just a few minutes on a sun bed 2-3 times a week, will enable your body to produce sufficient Vitamin D. From October - May it is impossible to produce Vitamin D from sunshine exposure in the UK or Ireland, as the sun is too weak. It is also very. very difficult to get enough daily Vitamin D from diet and multivitamins

Who can't use a Sun Bed?

· Under 18’s

· Pregnant women

· If you've had Skin cancer or a history of skin cancer within immediate family*

· Heart Conditions*

· High/Low Blood Pressure*

· Diabetes

· Organ Transplants-

· Excessive moles-

· Recent operations

· If you have Epilepsy-

· Certain medications that cause Photo-sensitivity-.

* A doctors note is required