What is a high pressure tanning bed?

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A high-pressure tanning bed creates a deep, long-lasting tan after just a few minutes of lying in bed. These beds use ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays to create a natural-looking tan. People who choose to tan in high-pressure beds can achieve a dark skin tone after a week or two of regular tanning. However, there are risks to tanning in a professional tanning bed.

A high pressure tanning bed differs from other types of tanning beds in that it provides both UVA and UVB lighting. UVB rays cause the skin to start producing more melanin to protect itself against UVB lights. UVA rays continue to darken the natural melanin produced by the skin. Most people lie in these types of tanning beds for three to 15 minutes a day.

If someone has never used a tanning bed before, or has very pale skin, it is advisable to lie in a high-pressure tanning bed for five minutes or less until a base tan is achieved. With each tanning bed exposure, one can gradually increase the number of minutes. High-pressure tanning beds with lots of lights can give someone a basic tan in just three to five sessions. In contrast, tanning in a regular tanning bed will gradually create darker skin over many sessions.

Low-pressure tanning beds have higher levels of UVB, which can cause sunburn in fair-skinned people. High pressure beds radiate lower levels of this lighting, thus minimizing the risk of sunburn. Too much UVB exposure can cause skin to dry out quickly and peel off in just a few days, lightening tanned skin. UVA rays do not dry out the skin as much, so one can get darker skin faster.

Almost anyone can use this type of tanning bed, except those who cannot naturally develop a tan in sunlight. Tanning beds are especially popular with young women. There are plenty of oils and lotions that claim to develop deeper, darker tans in conjunction with the use of tanning beds.

Tanning bed operators claim that using a high-pressure tanning bed is safer than lying in the sun, but some research shows that excessive indoor tanning can cause skin cancer. People with pale complexions or Northern European descent develop skin cancer at higher rates than people with darker skin. Other risks of using tanning beds include hives, allergic reactions, bacterial or viral infections, and eye damage.

Almost anyone can use this type of tanning bed, except those who cannot naturally develop a tan in sunlight. Tanning beds are especially popular with young women. There are plenty of oils and lotions that claim to develop deeper, darker tans in conjunction with the use of tanning beds.

Tanning bed operators claim that using a high-pressure tanning bed is safer than lying in the sun, but some research shows that excessive indoor tanning can cause skin cancer. People with pale complexions or Northern European descent develop skin cancer at higher rates than people with darker skin. Other risks of using tanning beds include hives, allergic reactions, bacterial or viral infections, and eye damage.

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