Tanning is natural, and it works the same whether you tan outdoors or in a salon. The advantage of using sunbeds is having complete operator control over the intensity and duration of a session, which results in minimal risk of an uneven tan or a sunburn. When it comes to UV light, both summer sunlight and most sunbeds produce pretty much the same kind and mix of sunlight: about 95% UVA, and 5% UVB. The difference is that most tanning beds are two to four times more intense than summer sunlight and they have a controlled environment.
Tanning takes place in the skin’s outer layer: the epidermis. About 5% of the cells in your epidermis are special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to UVB light, melanocytes produce pinkish colored melanin that is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UVA light, the melanin darkens. This darkening is your skin’s natural way of protecting itself from sunburn.
Vitamin D is known as “The Sunshine Vitamin” and most tanning beds, just like natural sunlight, emit enough UVB light to trigger natural vitamin D production in your skin. While you may not need to become tan to make vitamin D, and while vitamin D supplements are another option, you should know that most people who tan in equipment that emits UVB will make vitamin D.
Please wear the provided eye wear! Your eyelids are too thin to protect your eyes from UV light. That’s why federal law requires salons to supply you with proper eye protection. It is your responsibility to wear it. We have eye wear available for you. Make sure the eye wear fits your eyes snugly and that no light leaks through. Consider removing your contacts before you tan – the heat can sometimes dry them out. Lip balm with SPF can protect your lips, which do not tan.