Having nicely tanned skin presents a picture of a healthy person who spends a great deal of time outside. In order to achieve this look year round, many people take advantage of tanning booths. These are found in spas, beauty salons, and other locations in almost every city. To insure a smooth, even tan special tanning bed lotions are used.
These devices produce the tan by the use of ultraviolet radiation (UVA), which is also found in the sun\’s rays. Fluorescent lamps are used for this purpose. There are also shields made of acrylics in the beds for protection. Regular outdoor creams cannot be used in this process, as they will damage the shields.
Concerned about the effect of these rays on the human body, the Federal Food and Drug Administration Agency has put certain regulations regarding these beds into effect. Regulations cover things such as lamp compliance, eye protection, and warning labels. States also have their own regulations, requiring things such as proper operator training, additional labels, bed sterilization, and so forth.
Each customer must be covered with a special lotion. This is not the same as the lotion purchased at the corner store for outdoor use. Some of these special products contain agents which, when applied, bring blood to the surface of the skin and cause a tingling sensation. These are designed to allow the skin to tan faster and more evenly.
Another ingredient that is added to many of these special creams is called bronzer, also known as DHA. This is a chemical derived from glycerin, which brings about a brown color by interacting with amino acids in the skin. The ones used may be \’Hot Bronzers\’, which cause tingling, or \’Cool Bronzers\’, which contain menthol.
There are many different brands of tanning bed lotions. They may contain tea oil, copper, L-Tyrosine, melanin, green tree extract, normal oil, or other things. Regular use of one of these booths can cause the skin to dry out. That is why the majority of products add hempseed oil, which is a moisturizing ingredient.