Indoor tanning involves the use of various types of equipment specially manufactured to give you a great tan without hassles and with a minimal amount or no exposure at all to ultraviolet radiation. Indoor tanning is quite different from self application or self tanning.
Indoor sunless tanning requires some professional assistance aside from the equipment and offers a certain degree of safety for its customers because it provides a more controlled environment as compared to self application tanning processes.
Equipment for sunless tanning, as a whole, comprises of the techniques and technologies needed to operate a unit for sunless tanning. The tanning industry has grown dramatically over the past few years.
With the number of different instruments and accessories employed to satisfy the needs of the ever increasing population of indoor tanners, the Indoor tanning industry is sure to stick around for a long time.
Tanning beds classification
Tanning beds are usually classified into two basic designs:
- The clam shaped or lie-down type.
- The vertical booth.
The clam shaped design is the type that requires the client to lie down inside the chamber.
The vertical booth involves the client stepping into a standing or upright chamber for the tanning session.
Both types of tanning beds use tanning lamps or tanning bed bulbs to mimic the effects of the sun in producing ultraviolet radiation to induce tanning.
These tanning beds usually come with a built in timer to limit the user’s exposure to the light to a predetermined length of time. Some cut off mechanisms are also pre installed for safety purposes, allowing the clients to turn off the equipment in any case of malfunction or emergency.
Both types of tanning beds or booths have their own set of avid supporters. Some people prefer the standing or vertical booth, which can be very easy to clean.
This type of tanning booth can also be very favorable for places with limited space, allowing for more tanning booths to be accommodated and offering more convenience for salon owners.
The classic or clam shaped tanning bed design is preferred by some tanners because it provides its users privacy and relaxation while undergoing their tanning session.
For both designs, three factors influence and contribute to the outcome of the tanning session. These factors are the UV output of the lamps being used, the skin type of the user and the distance separating the tubes from the body of the user.
Tanning bed lotions and oils
Tanning bed lotions also come into play during an Indoor tanning session. These products, as well as other tanning bed products, need to be applied onto the skin before the start of any tanning session.
The specific product to use varies for each individual basing on that individual’s specific and unique type of skin. The use of these products is also highly recommended in tanning salons.
Tanning oils are one of the basic products used in Indoor tanning because of its easy application.
Tanning oil is intended to safeguard the skin and protect it from any harmful ultraviolet rays: the UVA and UVB rays. Sunburns and skin damage are generally attributed to the exposure of the skin to these rays.
Tanning oil comes in two types and these are: the tanning oil incorporated with the sunscreen and the tanning oil designed for outdoor use and is only meant to intensify a suntan. Tanning oils are usually made with a certain amount of oxybenzone or zinc oxide.
These substances are made to either reflect the light or absorb the ultraviolet radiation and ultimately block the harmful ultraviolet rays.
The use of this tanning equipment should be monitored by qualified personnel. Knowledge on the technical aspects of this equipment is needed to avoid any damage to the client’s health.
Pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, diabetics, and people with asthma and breathing difficulties should be restricted from using any one of this tanning equipment.
Over exposure to any of this tanning equipment can present some side effects and can increase the development of certain types of diseases and cancers.
Extreme care should be observed when using these machines and protective accessories such as goggles and blankets should be used.