Best indoor tanning beds

Which tanning method to choose can be confusing for first-timers. By knowing a bit more about the different options available, you will be able to make a more informed decision.

A method that has been around since the 1900s and is the closest to the real thing is indoor tanning beds. These Sunbeds are designed using lights that emit the same UV rays that the sun does.

It was discovered, while being used for medical purposes, that shining UV rays onto your skin causes tanning. From here, the rest is history and the first commercial tanning beds were sold soon after.

How does it work?

Tanning beds use lights to artificially replicate the conditions we would experience outside. Normally, we go outside and the sun causes us to tan. There are many different rays of light being produced by the sun, but Ultraviolet rays are the ones that cause our skin to change color.

There are three types of UV rays, UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC is not used because of the damaging effects on human cells. The longer-wave UVA and UVB rays are what contribute to our tanning, but can also be damaging with excessive exposure.

How can I do it?

If you are interested in using a tanning bed, you will either have to buy one (which needless to say, can be quite expensive), or you can pay for a tanning session at your local tanning salon.

These tanning sessions vary in price depending on which option you take. There are different lengths and intensities available and the employees will help you choose the best one for your skin type.

It can be dangerous to overdo it and it is not recommended to try to rush the process. Slowly lengthening and increasing the intensity of sessions is the best way to produce a healthy and even tan.

What are the side-effects?

There are many people who argue against tanning skin with UV rays because of the potentially harmful effects they can have on the body.

Even the sun’s rays are damaging if we are continuously exposed to them and this is no different to the lights used in a tanning bed.

Skin burns are the most common problems, but new studies are saying that even UVA can result in damage to cells and can essentially result in cancer. These studies are inconclusive, but you should be aware of them if you are considering tanning beds as an option.

A more proven side-effect is the increased aging affect UV rays have on your skin. You may begin showing wrinkles a few years earlier than you had expected.

Is it worth it?

Only you can decide whether using a tanning bed is worthwhile. The costs don’t seem that high at first, but when you realize that you must keep going to maintain your tan, it can start to add up.

The benefits are limited to a nice tan and there are some side-effects to consider, but if you value your tan enough, tanning beds are a good option. They are also your most ‘natural’ alternate means of getting a tan.