Sunbed Tanning

The Basics of Tanning

Tanning is just Tanning, right?  Nope!  It’s actually a little more technical than that.  There are 2 different types of UV Rays associated with the tanning process, UVA and UVB rays.  UVA and UVB rays both work to build your tan by stimulating the production of melanin in different ways.  There are also High Pressure and Low Pressure tanning beds.  Starting to seem complicated?  Don’t worry, we will make this easy for you.

What is Melanin?

A dark brown to black pigment occuring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals.  The more melanin you have, the darker your skin is.  


UVB rays are commonly referred to as “base building” rays because they stimulate the production of melanin in your skin creating a base tan.  The more melanin you have, the darker you become.  This base tan helps protect your skin from burning when you’re outside under the hot sun by acting as a barrier and diffusing additional UVB rays to prevent sunburn.  Sunburn is caused by overproduction of melanin.


UVA rays are generally known as “bronzing” rays.  The UVA rays darken the color of the existing melanin in your skin, thus giving you a darker and more bronze appearance, hence the name bronzing rays.  These rays penetrate deeper than UVB rays and produce a deeper and longer lasting tan.


Low Pressure vs High Pressure

Base building and bronzing beds are going to be considered low pressure (LP) beds.  They emit both UVA and UVB rays, but at different levels depending on the particular lamp and/or bed.

High pressure (HP) beds emit 95% or more UVA rays and minimal UVB rays, therefore reducing the risk of burning.  These beds offer a deeper tan and require very little maintenance.   Typically you can tan once a week for a month and then just twice a month to maintain your tan.  If you are tanning to build a base tan to prevent burning in the sun, you will still need to occasionally tan in a LP bed.


Short Version

  • Melanin- Pigment in your skin that makes you appear tan.  Your body’s natural sunscreen.
  • UVB– Builds your base tan and helps build tolerance to the sun to minimize burning
  • UVA– Darkens the melanin already present in your skin
  • Low Pressure Beds– Use both UVA & UVB rays to produce and darken Melanin
  • High Pressure Beds– These beds offer a deeper tan that requires very little maintenance and are nearly all UVA rays.

Our UV Equipment

Level 1

Base Building Beds

Sundash Features:

-Maximum Exposure Time is 15 minutes

-18 120W Lamps in the Canopy

– 14 120W Lamps in the base

-Ultra Performance Glass Reflector System

– 1-System Body Ventilation, Variable

-Body curve acrylic

Level 2

Bronzing Beds

Affinity 500 Features:

-Maximum Exposure Time is 12 minutes

– 3 500W Ultra Performance Plus Facial Tanners with Glass Reflector System

– 46 160W Advanced performance UV Lamps

-Reflector Neck Tanner

– Comfort Cooling

SolarForce Stand-Up Features:

– Maximum Exposure Time is 9 Minutes

– 52 180W Advanced Performance UV Lamps

-Variable Speed Body Cooling Fan


Level 3

High Pressure Beds

Open Sun 1050 Features:

-Maximum Exposure Time is 12 minutes

-3 640W Lamps Ultra Performance Facial Tanners with Glass Reflector System

– 27 580W VIT Max High-Pressure Body Units

– Facial Tanner Output Adjustment: 2 Settings (High/Low)

– Multi Relax Acrylic

– Headphone Connection

-Stereo Sound with MP3 Player Connection

-Fan Cooling Plus 2-System Body Ventilation and Additional Face Ventilation Separately Adjustable in 9 Steps