Whether using skincare devices regularly or not, you’ve heard about Photobiomodulation devices such as Red Light Therapy beds. You can find such devices in many tanning salons and aesthetic clinics. Researchers suggest that RLT may help skin rejuvenation, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and pain management. But one question remains: do Red Light Therapy beds tan you? While some centers refer to them as tanning beds, they’re not.
What kind of light makes you tan?
Your body’s response to specific light does different things. There are many types of light energy in the world; however, the specific light energy that produces a tan is Ultraviolet Light. UV light consists of 3 types, UVA, UVB, and UVC.
Red Light Therapy Beds
Research suggests that RLT beds can help with pain management, wound healing, acne, and some skin conditions. Photobiomodulation speaks to how the energy from different wavelengths of light can modulate biological processes. Generally, those wavelengths range from 528nm’s to 1100 nm’s. Changing the health of the cell, the benefits cascade down into the tissues, organs and systems. Everything gets better,
RLT beds can not make you tan simply because they don’t emit UV light. RLT uses LEDs to emit wavelengths of visible light and infrared light. ARRC LED expands from traditional red light therapy to utilize the benefits of six wavelengths rather than the usual 3 and expanding the target from 1 chromophore to 3. This greatly enhances the efficacy of the photobiomodulation system.
These wavelengths are outside of the UV range and don’t stimulate melanin production, which is what creates a tan.
Instead, the non-tanning PBMt wavelength penetrates deep into the body, stimulating ATP production for energy, reducing inflammation, improving circulation and detoxifying waste and free radicals.
UV light Beds
UV beds are the beds that make your skin darker. They emit UV light – both UVA (with a 320-400nm wavelength) and UVB (with a 290-315nm wavelength) but not UVC. According to studies, UV beds produce much more UVA than UVB. Both UVA and UVB light make you tan. UVA has an immediate effect, while UVB is known for delayed tanning, where the effects develop more slowly over several days. UVB can also help to boost Vitamin D levels in the body for numerous health benefits.