Tanning bed is a new device that produces a cosmetic tan by emitting ultra violet radiation. It is also referred to as a sun bed. There are several fluorescent lamps, consisting of phosphor blends inside the device that emit ultraviolet radiation which is similar to sunlight. Usually, the home tanning beds contain 12 to 28, 100 watt lamps whereas those used in salons, contain 24 to 60 lamps. It has been observed that these devices have adverse effects on the skin, causing diseases like skin cancer, premature skin aging, cataract, etc. Due to these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend the use of tanning beds for cosmetic purposes.
- One of the very quintessential requirement for getting a tan bed is that one should know their skin type. There are five basic types of skin, ranging from the lightest to the darkest and the other three lie in between them. One should tan according to the color of their skin. If one has a dark skin, tan less.
- Soft UVB rays are responsible for the production of Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) in the skin. This vitamin is also responsible for strong bones and teeth.
- Always use lotions that are designed for indoor tanning purposes. It is necessary to keep away from oil as far as possible, as oils block the rays. Each lotion is designed in a unique way, so one should never mix them up, like using the indoor lotion outside and vice-versa.
- A controlled exposure to sunlight or the lights of this device, helps in invigorating many bodily functions. It benefits the immunity system and increases longevity. But, over-tanning has its disadvantages. Avoid a sun burn as far as possible, because it is the main cause that is responsible for health hazards like skin cancer.
- Always take precautions in choosing this device. There are beds for beginners as well. Start with a lower-watt bulb bed. Until one gets a base tan, do not go for stronger bulb beds. Also, one should remember that if one stops tanning and loses tan, start from the lower-watt bulb bed instead of higher watt bulbs.
- One can purchase their own device for using at home. Indoor tanning equipment are quite safe as they radiate less regulated amounts of UVA and UVB rays. They are a great way to relax at the end of the day.
- Sunless tanning products that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), are safe because they use the dead cells from the epidermis to change the skin color. This is the reason that this kind of tan does not stay for long. The dead skin sheds off quickly.
- Tanning is a process that occurs in two phases. The first phase is called Immediate Pigment Darkening, which is from the direct response to the UV rays. The second phase is Delayed Tanning which occurs 48-72 hours after exposure. Hence, it is advisable to keep a gap of 48-72 hours between successive tanning sessions.
Most of the time, there are health-related issues whenever anything path-breaking is developed. The case is the same with this device. Health hazards like skin cancer, are caused because of regular sunburn and heredity problems. Whereas, some research studies suggest that regular sun exposure prevents skin cancer. Whatever the real fact, these devices are a real craze and their popularity is rising day by day.
Disclaimer: This BeautiSecrets article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.