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Tanning Beds For Home Use

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 11, 2008
Tanning has always been popular as a fun, relaxing way to achieve a luxurious chestnut skin tone. In some cultures, a rich, caramel-tinted tan is associated with health and vitality. Millions of people strive to give their skin the darkened color that reflects strength and energy. In recent years, a new trend has emerged. Rather than spending hours outside in pursuit of that mahogany tone, many people are investing in their own tanning beds. In this article, you'll learn more about these home solutions as well as an overview of tanning beds and the benefits they can provide.

Understanding The Basics Of Tanning

Your skin is comprised of several layers. These include the epidermis (the top layer), dermis (the layer underneath the epidermis) and the subcutaneous layer. Your body produces melanin, which gives your skin its natural color. Some people have a fair tone while others have a darker complexion based upon the amount of melanin produced. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, the sun's ultraviolet rays accelerate the amount of melanin your body produces. The increased melanin production results in your skin becoming darker. In the case of people who have fair skin, the skin becomes red or "sunburned."

Benefits Of Using Home Tanning Beds

One of the risks of exposing your skin to natural sunlight is that overexposure can damage it. While sunlight is healthy, many people have a tendency to stay out in the sun too long. By using a tanning bed, you can control the amount of exposure your skin has to ultraviolet light. You can modify the intensity of the UV light as well as the duration spent under it. This allows you to reap the benefits of the ultraviolet rays (including the warm glow of a walnut-colored tan) without damaging your skin.

Another benefit of home tanning beds is their high level of convenience. Even if you normally attend a tanning salon, you'll need to make an appointment. By investing in your own system, you'll be free to use it whenever your schedule allows. Plus, you'll be able to take advantage of the benefits of UV light in the privacy of your home.

Features In Tanning Beds

Tanning systems come with a number of different features. For example, some systems are equipped with 6 high-output bulbs in the bench and canopy of the bed while others offer 12 bulbs along with dual facial lamps. Some systems provide a cooling system within the bed to ensure an optimal level of comfort while you're tanning. The types of lamps that are involved, the presence of reflectors and the material used inside the bed can have a direct impact on the quality of your tan. Many of these features are customizable and can be included or excluded based upon your budget.

Tips For Buying An Indoor Tanning System

The trend toward home tanning beds has grown over the past several years as consumers place an increasing premium on privacy, convenience and cleanliness. When you're shopping for tanning beds, take the time to consider the options and features that are most important to you. Some tanning systems come with a digital timer while others have a manual timer. Some require you to lie down while others allow you to stand. Also, consider your budget. While the upfront investment may be substantial, the ongoing cost savings from not having to visit a tanning salon can mount quickly. In the end, a home tanning system can be a fantastic way to enjoy an alluring skin tone, reap the benefits of UV light exposure while avoiding potential damage to your skin.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is a writer for ESBTans.com, an industry leader in home tanning beds and tanning beds systems. They provide an assortment of high-quality solutions that offer convenience, style and effectiveness for every budget.
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