What are tanning beds?

What are tanning beds?

Indoor Tanning Beds

Tanning beds have been around for some time and offer people a way to get that lovely bronze tan without needing to lie in the sun.

The first Ultraviolet lights were created in 1890 and it took another 80 years before the first commercially sold tanning bed would be made. At first, these UV lights were used for medical reasons and the initial inventor even received a Nobel prize.

Pale skin was very popular in the early 1900s and the wealthy did not want to be associated with a tan. This slowly changed and by the 1930s everyone was slowly turning bronze. This encouraged research into the topic and lead to the first commercially sold tanning bed being produced in 1970.

 What are tanning beds?

If you are unfamiliar with how tanning beds work, they are chambers that contain numerous UV lights. You then go lie, or stand, in these chambers and get exposed to the UV rays over a short period of time – depending on the type of bed.

UVA and UVB rays are what comes from the sun and allow us to tan, so by concentrating them, we are able to obtain a more consistent result, in a shorter time span.

There are different designs of tanning beds, with UV lights of varying number and intensity.

Different types of beds

  • Traditional Tanning Bed

These tanning beds require you to lie down in them. You are provided with protective glasses and the lid is closed on top of you. Sessions can last anything up to 20 minutes and the tanning assistant will be able to help you decide what will suit you best.

Some people find lying in a tanning bed to be uncomfortable but they do provide features such as music, air conditioning, and aromatherapy.

  • Standing Tanning Booths

These tanning booths allow you to stand while tanning. This is more enjoyable for some people and you can even do some light exercise at the same time.

A benefit of tanning booths is they provide better light penetration for the sides of your body. It is also less closed off and allows for a more spacious experience.

  • Body-Part Specific Tanning Bed

These tanning beds are focused on tanning specific parts of your body, like your legs, or arms. These hard to tan places can be a nuisance for some people and these appliances help.

These tanning beds are far smaller than traditional beds, as they are only big enough for the specific body part. For those who are interested in purchasing tanning equipment for their home, these beds could be an option.

Tanning beds are an interesting technology that allows us to work on our golden tans in the comfort of our own homes or a tanning salon. The different options and intensities available will keep us busy for a while.

It is also important to go regularly if you want to maintain your tan, but not to overdo it in any one session. There are negative side-effects from prolonged exposure to UV lights and one should consult a doctor if experiencing any discomfort. For more information, Please visit : bestsunbeds.co.uk.

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