For obtaining any kind of tan, tanning beds are a good option to sitting in the sun. Home tanning is now becoming popular because it is convenient and private. With a private tanning bed, you can get a tan anytime you want. Tanning in salons has always been a preferred option, but the introduction of economical home tanning beds has changed the scenario.
Tanning beds are electronic devices that emit ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB rays), which help in providing a cosmetic tan. These beds consist of fluorescent lamps that have phosphor blends. They are designed in such a way that they emit a UV spectrum similar to that of the Sun. In others words, they provide artificial sunlight. There are 12 to 28 one thousand watt lamps in the tanning beds found in salons. The number may increase or decrease depending on whether the beds are residential, commercial, low pressure, or high pressure ones. Tanning beds that can be kept at home (and used any time) are called residential or home tanning beds.
Advantages and Care
Generally, people prefer high pressure tanning beds for homes because these are safer than the low pressure ones, as they emit more UVA rays than UVB rays. UVB rays are harmful, and are responsible for skin problems and burns. Also, having a tanning bed at home is very economical, and it is very easy to use. However, maintenance of these beds is an important factor that needs to be considered. They require regular clean ups (once a month) which involves cleaning the lamps, ballast tray, cooling fans, and other parts. An unclean bed may hinder the UV rays, thus affecting its efficiency.
How to Use this Bed
- Start slowly.
- If some part of the skin has never been exposed to this bed before, keep it covered for half the time.
- Look for a bed that emits less than 2% UVB rays.
- Always wear protective sunglasses to safeguard the eyes from long-term injuries.
- Put on a lip balm or sunscreen before tanning, or else your lips may suffer burns.
- Moisturize your skin before every tanning session.
- Do not take a shower after the sessions. However, you may take a shower beforehand.
Home tanning beds offer a comfortable, inexpensive, and flexible tanning solution. Thus, they have brought a change in the industry, with a lot of people preferring them to going to salons.