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Tanning Beds

When you think of sunless tanning you probably think of tanning beds. If you choose to visit a tanning salon, trained professionals control the UV radiation to create your perfect tan and can advise you on the best tanning products and procedure.

German scientist, Friedrich Wolff, is considered the “father of indoor tanning”. The discovery came to light (no pun intended) when he noticed that the athletes he was studying (regarding the benefits of ultraviolet rays) were becoming tanned. He headed to the US in 1978 and developed indoor tanning equipment using a reflector system and specialized lights. The resulting company is considered the industry leader even to this day. Most recently they have developed sunlamps with bulbs that qualify as non hazardous waste in many states.

Tanning beds, known by such names as, sun beds, solariums, tan beds, sun tanning beds and indoor tanning equipment come in a variety of colors and styles, very attractive and fashionable. They can range from 16 bulb to 52 bulb with a tan surface from 67” x 28” to 78” x 34”. The bulbs needed may range from 100 watt to 200 watt and the required power may be either 120V or commercial 220V. Some include specialized lamps that give special attention to gentler tanning of the face and/or arms. Some bulbs are strictly UVA ray focused while most bulbs emit both. The tanning beds come in capsule styles or there the more open styles for those who find claustrophobia a concern. You are separated from the lamps top and bottom, by shields known as acrylics. Acrylics are made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and made to have a wave transmittance within the range of normal sunlight. If you are considering the purchase of a tanning bed; remember, they can take up a bit of space and have really only one use.

Factors for tanning:

    Skin type

    Your base tan


Tips for indoor tanning:

    Leave 48 hours between tanning sessions

    Tan slowly, sessions should be under 10 minutes to begin

    Don’t tan longer than 20 minutes a session at any time


Undesired results from tanning bed use:

    Side stripe – created by arms held at your side

    Half moon – a problem for those with well endowed bottoms

    Pressure points – Created when lying down, more noticeable in some than others

Of course there are home units but we feel that you will have better and safer results using an accredited tanning salon with trained certified personnel.

Let’s focus on the person who has everything! How about a sun shower? ProSun® SunShower allows you to take a shower while also getting an all over dark tan. Two birds with one stone, neat, huh? Combine the two most important factors of life on earth, sun and water. There is the option of a skin rejuvenation unit using high intensity LED lamps to deal with large pores, wrinkles, fine lines and stimulate collagen production; according to the manufacturer that is. Protective eyewear must be worn while using the tanning portion of the shower. You can turn on one of five areas if you choose to tan one area more than another. Did you know that skin tans 20% quicker when wet due to water refraction? This is another plus for this innovation; just be aware, if you like long showers don’t overdo the tanning.

Well, our hope is that you will try sunless tanning during those cold winter months and be ready when summer rolls around again. Trained personnel and pleasant surroundings make tanning salons a good, safe place to tan. Good for avoiding those winter blues and for a moment, you can pretend you are on a sunny beach somewhere. Ahhh….but remember to use the appropriate sun products and limit the time to protect your skin from damage. You want the vitamin D, not sunburn.

-Miss Suntan

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