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A bronzer bed is a kind of tanning bed that delivers a darker tan that lasts longer than tan achieved on regular tanning beds. These results, however, are achieved through multiple sessions. Many people use this kind of tanning machine because of the kind of tan that it can help them to achieve and also because tanning in a bronzer bed is much less likely to result in sun burn than tanning in a regular bed.
One key difference between a bronzer bed and a tanning bed is the kind of light bulbs that are used in the machine and the types of ultraviolet (UV) rays that the bulbs produce. Another key difference is the percentages of the various kinds of UV rays that the bulbs produce. Both kinds of tanning machines include a row of bulbs on the lower part of the bed where tanners rest during sessions and a row of bulbs on the upper part of the machine, which opens and closes to allow tanners to enter and exit the machine. Most tanning beds include between 10 and 50 bulbs that span the length of the machine. A bronzer bed, however, use between 30 and 60 bulbs.
In a tanning bed, the kinds of bulbs that are used produce a slightly higher amount of UVB rays than the bulbs that are used in a bronzer bed. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin while UVB rays only penetrate the top layers. As such, the bulbs that are used in the bed create a tan that is deeper and also is less likely to burn the top layers of the skin. However, because the bulbs used in bronzer beds only include a small percentage of UVB rays, it takes longer for the tan to become noticeable. Many tanning salons recommend using a tanning bed to create a base before starting a series of sessions.
It is very important to remember that tanning of all kinds, in the sun or in a tanning bed or bronzer bed, can lead to serious skin damage and even skin cancer. Tanning and bronzing should be limited in terms of frequency and the intensity of the sessions. It is also very important to take care of the skin after tanning. Be sure to moisturize the skin in order to replace hydration lost during the tanning or bronzing. This can also help to reduce peeling.