Today, we’ll tell you the differences between a stand up tanning bed and a lay down tanning bed.
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Indoor Skin Tanning | Is A Stand Up Tanning Bed Better?
General Benefits of Tanning Beds
Any indoor tanning salon enthusiast will know about the benefits of tanning beds. They can help activate Vitamin D, which is beneficial to people who do not get much sun exposure where they live. Aside from skin tanning, these machines may:
- Provide a metabolic boost: reasonable exposure to UV rays releases nitric oxide, which helps boost metabolism
- Improve mood and confidence: research shows that UV exposure from tanning beds can bring relaxation and help ease tension among users
- Alleviates seasonal affective disorder (SAD): exposure to UV light can help alleviate symptoms of this mood disorder, which some suspect occurs due to lack of exposure to Vitamin D
You might think the only difference between a stand up tanning bed and the lay down type is its position. But, these two types of tanning beds offer distinctive benefits when it comes to indoor skin tanning.
The stand up tanning bed or tanning booth can actually give you a darker tan. This is because the bulbs used in booths are more intense than the ones in a lay down tanning bed. The intensity of the UV rays encourages high melanin production, which is great for people who are aiming for a darker tan.
Using a stand up tanning booth may give you a more even tan on your entire body, too. The UV rays are distributed in a 360-degree fashion, unlike a lay down tanning bed which would require you to flip over.
When it comes to comfort, a lay down tanning bed might be more appealing. You can relax or even take a nap while you get a golden brown tan. In a tanning booth, you obviously need to stand up and raise your arms over your head.
Note that there’s a downside when you’re lying down in a tanning bed. White spots may appear on the areas that come in contact with the bed surface like the calves and shoulder blades. These areas are your pressure points, where melanin production tends to be reduced. But if you move or shift positions, you might just avoid having these white spots.
You can get a tan faster in a stand up tanning booth. The tanning time per session usually lasts around 10 to 15 minutes. A lay down tanning bed, meanwhile, takes you about 20 minutes to get the desired results.
As mentioned earlier, the bulbs used in a tanning booth usually have a higher level of intensity than in a lay down tanning bed. Some booths only have a wire mesh to protect the users from lamps, making the UVA rays and UVB rays transmit faster.
If your skin is sensitive, there are a few things to consider:
You may get an allergic reaction when using a lay-down tanning bed. The surface where you lie is acrylic and you might react to the material. If you’re planning to use a lay down bed, make sure to check whether you’re allergic to acrylic or not.
Getting a rash is possible when a tanning booth or bed isn’t poorly sanitized. The lay down type poses more risk, considering your skin touches the surface of the machine. To avoid skin diseases, make sure to have the bed cleaned right before you use it. A stand up tanning bed may be the most hygienic option because you won’t need to touch the acrylic sides.
You might be at risk of getting a tanning itch or severe sunburn when using a stand up tanning bed. Its bulbs or lamps are stronger, which is why you shouldn’t stay there longer than recommended. Yet, this doesn’t mean you won’t get a sunburn with the lay down type, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Tip: If you decide to extend your time in the tanning bed, be sure to keep your skin type in mind and prep your skin before and after to prevent skin damage. Use a moisturizing lotion after a session to hydrate your skin.
Twenty minutes in a lay down tanning bed may seem like an ideal way to get a tan, but this may not be ideal for people who are claustrophobic. Skin tanning enthusiasts who don’t do well being enclosed in small spaces may prefer a stand up tanning bed. In some cases, its space is a little bigger than a lay down bed, offering more ‘breathing space.’
You technically still need to stay in an enclosed space when you’re using a tanning booth. But you only need to stand for about 10 minutes, even less at times, to get your base tan.
Stand up Tanning Bed
- Lamps are more intense.
- The tan might be more even.
- 10 to 15 minutes per session
- No contact with the surface
- Standing position
Lay down Tanning Bed
- Lamps are usually less intense.
- The tan might be not that even because of the pressure points.
- 15 to 20 minutes
- Contact with surface
- A relaxed, laying position
Check out ehowbeauty’s video on stand up tanning beds and tips for first-timers below:
So, are stand up tanning beds better? Well, it really depends on personal preference. Each tanning enthusiast has different goals, needs, and expectations from any tanning experience. Although it appears that stand up tanning beds are better, you might still find the lay down type more beneficial. Whichever tanning bed you choose, you need to know how to use it properly. You can even try both to find out which one works best for tanning your skin.
Do you prefer a stand up tanning bed or a lay down tanning bed? Let us know in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 8, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.