What we decide looks good can be very important to us. For a long time pale skin was considered a sign of the upper class, but nowadays tanned skin is the look that everyone is after. We all kind of know how tanning works: if we’re out in the sun long enough, we begin to tan; and if we stay too long, we burn.
This desire to be tan sparked the industry of artificial tanning methods. When there is a gap in the market, you can be sure a clever entrepreneur will provide the solution – and there are quite a few.
Indoor Tanning Alternatives
People have been making money off fashion trends for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Tanned skin is one of these trends and modern technology has allowed for some interesting alternatives.
- Indoor Tanning Beds are the focus of this article and one of the original alternate tanning methods. After realizing UV light was what caused our skin to change color, commercially sold UV tanning beds hit the market.
They allow the user to lie (or stand) for shorter periods of time than normally required. More/fewer lights can be used, and there are also different intensities of light. All these things allow for a complete tanning experience.
- Tanning Sprays
Certain sprays can be used which react with our skin turning them darker, with a tendency to be slightly orange if done poorly. These sprays are said to be harmless but there are also strict guidelines about how to use them and only qualified people should do it.
Similar to the spray but lasting for a shorter duration, bronzers are popular for touch-ups in areas that were not evenly tanned.
Tanning beds can be purchased, if you have enough money, or rented at your local tanning salon. A salon will normally offer a variety of services.
You should find the Best Sunbeds Ltd themselves to be quite comfortable and they are often designed with features like music, air conditioner, and aromatherapy treatments. Although some designs completely close you in, most tanning beds are open by your head and toes, providing more comfort to those who are claustrophobic.
There are different levels and varieties of tanning beds available. Some require you to lie down, others you can stand, others are bigger and more powerful. The main difference comes with the ‘level’ of your session. The cost increases quite a lot with the higher levels, but there are added benefits.
- Level 1 – 2 is the beginning level. The fewest lights are used and they are all low-pressure. These lights are less intense but provide higher levels of UVB, which limits the longevity of the tan.
- Level 3 – 4 is the intermediate level and is made up of medium-pressure lights. These lights provide higher levels of UVA, which penetrates to the deeper layers of skin – allowing for a longer lasting tan.
- Level 5 – 6 is the highest and most expensive level. Some salons might not have these levels on offer. High-pressure lights are used and almost no UVB is present. These tans last the longest and require the shortest time in the tanning bed.
Indoor tanning beds can be useful if you are someone who wants to maintain a certain tan but is unable to spend long periods of time tanning outdoors. Also, tanning beds are the method that closest resembles the natural process – but remember, even the suns rays are harmful in excess.