When going to a tanning bed, there are some precautions that should be taken so that the skin is protected as much as possible while still obtaining that glow on the skin from the tanning rays of the bed. There are different styles of tanning beds on the market today, including some that can be used at home and others that are made for commercial use. There are tanning bed lotions that are designed for the particular rays that are experienced in the tanning beds versus the sun’s rays outside. There are also goggles that can be used on the eyes to prevent damage while in the tanning beds.
Types Of Tanning Bed
One type of tanning bed is the conventional one, which uses long lamps that are placed in the top and the bottom of the bed. These lights look like fluorescent lights and used to be the only kind of tanning bed that there was on the market. The lights that are used in these beds are not good for the skin at all and should be used very carefully. The problem with these bulbs is that they emit not only the UVA rays which are the ones that provide the tan to the skin, but they also emit the UBB rays, which have both the good Vitamin D but also the bad burning rays. These tanning beds are likely to burn the person that uses them, especially if the person does not have a good base tan to start out with. These tanning beds usually require about four weeks to develop the base tan, going three to five times per week for about twenty minutes per time.
Another type of tanning bed is the high pressure bed, which only has the UVA rays rather than both the UVA and the harmful UVB rays of conventional beds. The high pressure beds are less likely to cause burning to the person that uses them. These high pressure tanning beds offer a better solution to obtaining and maintaining a tan as well. It only takes about three to five times in the beds to obtain a base tan and then to maintain that tan it only takes about two times per month in the beds. The conventional beds take two to three times per week to maintain the base tan, which is more expensive in the long run and better for the skin.
These tanning beds can be bought for home use, as sometimes individuals would rather have the bed available whenever they want it. The conventional beds are much more affordable, even though they are more damaging. They usually cost around fifteen hundred dollars whereas the high pressure beds cost at least ten thousand dollars to purchase them.