A Little HistoryTanning beds are a luxury that allows us to keep a sun-kissed glow all year long. They give us the ability to control the intensity of light and the amount of exposure so that we can get the custom skin tone we desire. But indoor tanning beds weren’t always readily-available as they are today. They didn’t become popular in the United States until the 1980’s, after German scientist, Friedrich Wolff discovered them years before. This is where the well-known Wolff tanning beds got their start.
And long before tanning beds went mainstream, UV lighting was used for various therapeutic purposes because it promotes the production of vitamin D, which allows the body to absorb more calcium. This was especially beneficial to those with bone deficiencies and diseases like Ricketts. The introduction of indoor tanning in the U.S. was the start of a trend that would only gain momentum in terms of popularity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Types of Indoor Tanning
As the indoor tanning industry continues to grow, new technologies and products are created and coupled with the use of indoor UV lamps, giving indoor tanning a whole new level of performance and results. Tanning beds are designed for safety and effectiveness, but also for comfort. There are several types of indoor tanning beds, all of which can fall into one of two categories: stand up or lay down.
Both types of beds are comfortable to use, and depending on the make and model, come with a variety of features, such as radios, aromatherapy, cooling fans, misting fans, face tanners, time control, red light therapy, face and arm lamps, and more. The amount and the type of bulbs used in tanning beds differ depending on the make and model. Varieties include beds with 8-60 UV bulbs at 100 watts each, 24-46 UV bulbs between 100 and 160 watts each, and more. The type, wattage, and age of the bulbs will influence their intensity.
Ways to TanThere are two primary ways to tan indoors. The most common method is visiting a local tanning salon and using their products and services. This is a highly recommended and cost-effective way to tan indoors because tanning salons are literally a one-stop-shop for all your indoor tanning needs. They carry various tanning products, like lotions, moisturizers, bronzers, tinglers, lip balms, and more, all in a wide selection of brands to choose from. They also have a variety of tanning beds to choose from, including standard beds, mega-beds, lay down beds, stand up beds, and more. And since they offer tanning packages and memberships, the cost of tanning is very affordable.
Another way to tan is to purchase your very own tanning bed at a family leisure store or appliance store. There are various make and model tanning beds to choose from, all of which can be installed on your property where you like. You can tan in the comfort of your own home! But tanning beds are expensive, and range in price depending on the model you choose. You can expect to pay anywhere from $2000 to $6,000 or more for a new tanning bed.