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Every commercial tanning bed is pretty much the same as the next one but, like most products on the market, there are variations to suit every desire.
A commercial tanning bed is made up of a series of fluorescent light tubes, called lamps, lined up from head to toe on the bottom portion of the bed and more lamps in the same configuration on the top half of the bed. Commercial models usually contain from 24 to 60 lamps which consume 100 to 200 watts each.
The lamps on a commercial tanning bed are designed to simulate sunlight. They emit ultraviolet radiation, measured in UVA and UVB rays, just as the sun does. In the United States, a commercial tanning bed typically emits 97% UVA rays and 3% UVB, although this ratio will vary from one brand or model to the next.
The light emitted in a commercial tanning bed stimulates the body’s production of a chemical substance called melanin, a pigment that makes skin look darker. People with naturally dark skin have a higher level of melanin in their bodies than people with light complexions. The UV rays, both A and B, that are used in a commercial tanning bed, stimulate the pituitary gland to produce a hormone that stimulates the release of melanin.
More than one visit to a commercial tanning bed will be required to develop a good, lasting tan. The UV rays from the tanning bed don’t penetrate the skin as deeply as the sun does so the tan acquired from a tanning salon won’t last as long as a tan from the sun. Short, frequent visits to the commercial tanning bed are recommended to begin a tan, with the length of exposure increasing gradually as the tan develops.
Regular visits to a commercial tanning bed will definitely provide cosmetic results but there are some “unseen” health benefits in play, too. Vitamin D is produced in a tanning bed, just as it is in the sunshine, so stronger bones may be a nice benefit.
Exposure to UV rays is also known to cause the body to release endorphins, the body’s natural opiates that relieve pain and make us feel happier. People experiencing SAD (seasonal affective disorder), a form of depression that often occurs in the darker winter months, may well benefit from a visit to a commercial tanning bed to lift their spirits and provide more than just a tan to smile about.
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