A bronzed, sun-kissed glow is coveted by many. But prolonged UV ray exposure from the sun or tanning beds has health risks like sun damage, accelerated aging, and skin cancer. If you love that just-tanned look but want a safer option, red light therapy may be the solution.
Many tanning salons now offer red light exposure beds as a UV-free alternative to traditional tanning. These devices deliver benefits like skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, and that desired hint of color – without the dangers of UV tanning.
Read on to understand what red light therapy is, how it browns and bronzes skin safely, and the advantages it offers over UV tanning. Achieve your glow the healthy way!
Red light therapy means exposing your body to very specific wavelengths of visible red and invisible infrared light. These narrow bands of light have been found to provide various therapeutic benefits.
When absorbed by your skin and cells, red light positively impacts cellular function – energizing cells, boosting circulation, stimulating collagen, reducing inflammation, speeding cell turnover, and improving tissue repair.
This means red light can rejuvenate skin, ease joint pain, regrow hair, speed workout recovery, and support whole-body wellness. Red light exposure beds at tanning salons allow you to reap the benefits easily in one session.
Red light therapy tanning beds look similar to traditional UV tanning beds. However, instead of bulbs that emit UV radiation, they utilize panels of LEDs that deliver beneficial red and infrared light.
The user simply relaxes inside the enclosed bed with their eyes protected while the surrounding LED panels deliver full body exposure. Some beds also contain vibration plates for physical therapy benefits.
Sessions typically last 6-20 minutes depending on the specific bed. When used consistently 1-3 times per week, users report whole-body benefits beyond just getting a tan.
You may be wondering how red light can tan or bronze the skin without UV rays. The mechanism involves the interaction between near-infrared light and melanin pigment within skin cells.
When the exposure bed’s near-infrared light penetrates the skin, it causes more melanin to be produced and pushed up toward the skin’s surface. This darkening and staining of the melanin is what causes the tanned appearance.
It’s a natural, UV-free biological reaction. The same effect occurs when skin gets darker and more melanin-rich with sun exposure. But red light beds accelerate the process without sun damage or risk of burns.
One of the biggest benefits of red light therapy tanning beds is how customizable and gradual the tanning effects are. You control the process for your desired level of color.
With each session, your skin subtly darkens while also receiving rejuvenating benefits. Most users begin to notice a sun-kissed glow after 4-6 sessions. The longer sessions are done, the richer the tan becomes.
This incremental color change allows a very natural result. And the level of color can be tailored to your preference – just slight highlighting to dramatic bronzing are possible.
In addition to providing a healthy faux tan, red light therapy beds also deliver anti-aging and rejuvenating effects. This means you’ll not only look tanner but achieve smoother, firmer, more youthful skin in the process.
The red and near-infrared light stimulates fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin. These are proteins that tighten skin and restore elasticity and firmness.
Wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and sagging progressively minimize for supple, vibrant skin with ongoing use. You’ll shave years off your complexion.
Traditional UV tanning comes with well-established health risks with both short and long-term use. UV light is a known mutagen that can cause genetic defects and lasting damage.
Issues like accelerated skin aging, dark spots, wrinkling, leathering, and sagging occur as collagen breaks down with repeated UV exposure. Long-term risks include skin cancer.
Red light therapy allows safe, non-invasive bronzing and rejuvenation. The LED light does not cause sunburns, DNA damage, or cellular defects like UV rays. It actually repairs skin at the cellular level!
Many people feel down during the grey days of winter. Sunlight exposure on the skin naturally boosts mood and energy via the production of serotonin and melatonin.
Using a red light therapy bed during the darker months provides light that mimics the feel-good benefits of sunshine. This can enhance mood and leave you feeling re-energized.
Red light can even boost libido and arousal. It’s a healthy way to fight seasonal blues and feel your best when sunshine is scarce.
Now you know red light therapy offers a UV-free path to stunning, healthy, bronze skin anytime – plus anti-aging and rejuvenation benefits.
Look for tanning salons in your area that offer red light therapy exposure beds. Be sure to protect your eyes and relax during the sessions.
Achieve that sun-kissed J.Lo glow without sun damage! Contact us to learn more about at-home red light devices as well.