Sunlight is necessary for flourishing life of all forms on our planet. Humans experience both psychological and physiological changes when exposed to the sun for even a minimal amount of time. The sun provides Vitamin D and improves our mood.
None of these benefits can be obtained with airbrush tanning systems or other self-tanning products.
I feel a little torn on the matter of discussing residential or commercial tanning beds on my site. If you’re strictly after the improved cosmetic appearance and self-confidence provided by the warm, bronze glow of a natural-looking tan, I believe subjecting yourself to the potential dangers of tanning beds might not be necessary anymore.
However, the sun provides many more benefits than just a cosmetic tan, and while we can’t officially state that tanning beds provide these same benefits because such statements haven’t been approved by the FDA, tanning beds do much more to emulate the overall benefits of sun exposure than any kind of suntan lotion or sunless spray tan.
In reasonable amounts, the sun provides a wealth of benefits, from improving energy to helping to prevent bone diseases to minimizing the symptoms of psoriasis.
Most modern commercial tanning beds and residential tanning beds attempt to emulate the sunlight as accurately as possible. (Please note that those that succeed the most tend to be far more expensive, so don’t fool yourself into thinking you can replace the benefits of the sun with a budget tanning bed or tanning booth found at a tanning bed sale.) However, the indoor tanning industry is regulated by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), so it can’t make claims to indoor tanning’s ability to obtain these healthful or medical benefits. Tanning beds of all kinds can only make official claims to an individual’s ability to obtain a natural and appealing cosmetic tan.
Yet this collection of compelling healthful benefits is still something commercial tanning bed manufacturer’s unofficially strive to achieve because it is a very competitive industry. The more benefits a commercial tanning bed can provide, the more likely salons will invest in a tanning bed manufacturer’s products. And the more successful the commercial tanning bed becomes, the more likely the manufacturer can extend their production to residential tanning beds.
Tanning beds, or sunbeds, leverage systems which emit ultraviolet radiation (most commonly, about 95% UVA and about 5% UVB). So note that you are artificially exposing yourself to ultraviolet radiation and there can be consequences.
Again, I encourage you to consider the possible adverse affects of commercial tanning beds or residential tanning beds. The Worth Health Organization does not recommend the use of these UV beds because of their various adverse affects. These include the usual suspects from suntanning but also additional problems such as arc eye (sometimes referred to as “welder’s flash”), which can occur if you foolishly use tanning beds or booths without goggles.
Commercial tanning beds have a potential advantage in safety over residential tanning beds in that they’re operated in a professional facility with individuals that monitor they’re condition and regulate their use by customers. However, don’t always assume that just because a tanning bed is in a commercial facility that it is safe. I encourage you to research the history of any tanning salon before investing your money and health in it.
Commercial tanning beds also tend to be more advanced and sophisticated than the models promoted for home use. For example, tanning beds which more closely emulate the sun (sometimes referred to as “high pressure” tanning beds) expose you to primarily UVA with some UVB by utilizing highly specialized reflector systems, filters and quartz lamps. These are uncommon even among sunless tanning salons, so don’t expect to find many available for residential use.
Residential tanning beds, however, offer a flexibility and privacy you could never achieve at a sunless tanning spa. Residential tanning beds are ideal for people with a tight schedule who can afford neither the transit time nor the scheduling limitations of a commercial tanning bed salon.
It is vital that with residential tanning beds you pay close attention to safety. When you consider a tanning bed sale or after you purchase home tanning equipment for residential use, you will not have a tanning spa employee stepping you through your use of the tanning bed and monitoring your safety. If you go even slightly beyond the recommended time in the tanning bed or if you go beyond the recommended usage over the period of a week or even a month you can seriously damage your skin or provoke even more serious health conditions.
Always strictly adhere to manufacturer’s instructions and discuss your use with a professional before developing any regular tanning bed usage habits.
While it may sound silly, indoor tanning can become addicting in rare cases. This condition is often referred to informally as tanorexia. Tanning with ultraviolet radiation through a tanning bed or tanning both can be deadly if not approached in a responsible and knowledgeable manner.
I hope this provides you with a decent background on commercial tanning beds and residential tanning beds. Tanning bed manufacturer’s may not like my approach, but I do suggest you consider discussing your interest in residential tanning beds with a dermatologist before investing your time and money.
Thank you for visiting Sunset Sunless Tanning and I hope my site assists you to approach sunless tanning in a healthy and responsible manner._____________________________________