What is a Sunburn?

You probably have a good idea of what a sunburn is especially if you’ve been sun burnt before.

In this post we’ll discuss the science behind sunburns, their symptoms, and how you can avoid sunburns while still getting a beautiful tan.

Identifying a Sunburn

Sunburns are patches of painful, red skin that feels hot to the touch. They occur after a few hours of overexposure to UV light either from the sun or from artificial sources.

UV radiation is a wavelength of sunlight in a range too short for the human eye to see. It is produced by sunlight and high powered light bulbs.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the type of solar radiation most associated with skin aging (photoaging). Ultraviolet B (UVB) is associated with sunburn.

Sunburn Symptoms

Sunburns can happen to almost anyone, so here are the most common symptoms to help you recognize them.

  • Red or pink skin
  • Warm or hot skin
  • Tender, itching, painful skin
  • Blisters on the skin
  • Headaches, fevers, and nausea

The pain and irritation from sunburns will usually heal after a few days when your skin and blisters start to peel off, revealing new skin layers underneath.

If you are suffering from headaches, fevers, and nausea a few days after being sunburned, you should see a doctor to ensure your condition does not worsen.

Getting a Tan without a Sunburn

There are many people who have difficulty tanning and instead get burned easily. They often ask, is it possible to get a tan without being burned?

It certainly is possible and at Westside Tan, we take extreme efforts to prevent sunburning when using our UV tanning beds.

Our beds come with integrated timing systems to ensure that they turn off after a set amount of time. This is an automatic function in place to protect you from getting sunburned.

Along with our sunless tanning bed timers, our dedicated staff are always keeping track of time spent by our clients to ensure that no one exceeds a limit that would compromise safety.


If you can’t seem to get a tan without getting a sunburn, contact us at the location nearest you to learn more about how we can help.

If you’re in the Santa Clarita Valley or Antelope Valley, you can also search tanning salons near me and Westside Tan will be there!

Source: Mayo Clinic