Shwe Tan - 01279 939 062

Salons open 7 days a week and until 9:30pm weeknights

Our Sun Beds

Please take time to read over our new Tanning Salon guidelines before your first visit:

Kindness to our team
Especially in our first few weeks opening, please remember that our team are adjusting to the 'new normal'. We ask you to be kind to our team if you are kept waiting for longer than usual, while we adjust to all the new measures which we've put in place to make your experience as safe and comfortable as possible for you. If you have any suggestions, please email our manager Sarah here.

How to enter the salon
Please respectfully observe the 2-meter social distancing rules. If there is another client in our reception area when you open the door please wait outside the salon door with the door open whilst you wait your turn to enter the salon.

On entering the salon, please use the hand sanitiser on our reception desk and wait on the 'please wait here' floor marking to be served by a member of our team.

Your details
Prior to your appointment, you will be emailed a COVID- 19 pre-screening form. This must be filled in prior to your visit.

On your first visit since our temporary closure, a member of our team will check your contact details are up to date so that if for any reason we need to contact you we can. We will also check if your medical history has changed.

No Company
We cannot accommodate any extra guests for the time being so please attend your sun bed session alone.

Bookings only
We will be operating a booking only system to avoid any unnecessary contact during waiting times. You can call the salon on 01279 939062 to book your appointment or use the button below to book online.


Contactless payments of up to £45 can be made in the salon.
If you would prefer to purchase your sun bed course or any products online so you don't need to pay in the salon, please use the below button to shop online.
If you buy online, we'll set up your sun bed course and have any products you purchase ready for your visit.


Cleaning of sun beds
Once your session is over, please use the sun bed cleaner and tissue provided to clean the sun bed.
A member of our team will then thoroughly clean the sun bed twice after every use.
Cleanliness of our salon and safety of our staff and clients are our top priorities so we kindly would like to mention at this point, if you do not clean your sun bed after using it, we will not allow you to re-book and return for future visits at our salon.

If you need to use our customer toilet, please notify a member of our team.

Waiting Area
Our waiting area is currently closed to protect all clients and staff.

Purchasing/testing Lotions
It is proven that you'll get a 60-70% better tan by applying a tanning lotion before your sun bed. Your tanning consultant will assist you in selecting a lotion to give you the best results from your tanning session. During this time, you will not be able to pick up any lotions, however, testers can be applied by a member of our team to your skin using a pump.

Helping you feel fresh
During this time we have removed all deodorants and packs of face wipes from the salon. We will provide you with a complimentary individually packaged freshen up wipe to use each visit. Additional packs can be purchased at a cost of 50p each, please let a member of our team know if you would like to purchase any additional packs.

When you enter the sun bed room you will find on your sun bed:

  • A pair of wink ease eye disposable protection
  • An individually packaged Freshen up wipe pack
  • Any tanning lotion sachets or bottles purchased or bottles which we store at the salon for you.

We are happy to store bottles of tanning lotion which you purchase from us for 12 months. If you would like to keep your lotion at our salon, please leave this in the room after your sun bed, and a member of our team will sanitise your bottle, label it with your name, and safely store it for you.

Deep Clean
Our team will be following a strict cleaning protocol which will be carried out at regular intervals throughout the day.
Our payment terminal will be cleaned after each use.
The shop door handle inside and out will be cleaned at regular intervals.

After your sun bed session, a member of our team will clean:

  • Door handles – inside and out
  • Coat hooks
  • Shelves and ledges in each room
  • The stool
  • Every sun bed will be fully sanitised twice after use so it will be clean, fresh, and safe ready for the next client to use.

We pride ourselves on our cleanliness and quality here at Shwe Tan.

If for any reason you feel you are not happy with anything during your visit or if you have anything you'd like us to look into adding as additional measures, please let a member of our team know or email

With ten years of experience in the tanning industry, we guarantee you'll get the best possible tanning experience at Shwe Tan. 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 at a 2-meter distance 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.

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 Tan.
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 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
£51.00 (Save £9)
Course of 6 Sessions
£96.00 (Save £24)
Course of 10 Sessions
£150.00 (Save £50)


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 per Minute
Courses - 50 Minutes
£40.00 (80p per minute)
Courses - 80 Minutes
£60.00 (75p per minute)
Courses - 100 Minutes
£70.00 (70p per minute)

Buy Sun Bed Courses Online

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?

Well... The Sun Angel is a 20 minute sun bed. You scan your skin before you go on, so you get just the right amount of UV for your skin - this is why you can have 20 minutes. 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 versus the Stand Up & Lay Down. 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 sessions (but most clients start off with 5/6 minutes - sometimes less)

How many minutes should I have on the Sun Beds?

Well, 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 easy 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.

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. Luckily, when you are back – we have a tattoo stick that is SPF 50 and 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