High Pressure Tanning

Frequently Asked Questions about High Pressure Tanning

For people seeking a deep, all over tan that is sure to stand out in a crowd, it is hard to beat the quality of high pressure tanning. This technologically advanced method of tanning is starting to turn heads in salons across the world and is quickly gaining in popularity by leaps and bounds.

What Is It?

High pressure tanning, while advanced, has actually been in existence in Europe for over 30 years. In normal tanning beds, UV rays radiate from phosphor coated tube lamps. While this certainly works, the length and frequency of tanning sessions can be a burden on most people’s time.

High pressure beds, however, use very small high energy UV light lamps that are mounted behind high quality filtering glass. These lamps are designed to change the ratio of UVA and UVB lights that the tanner is exposed to.  This results in faster, deeper, and longer lasting tans.

How Does It Work?

High pressure tans work so well because of the manipulated ratios of UV lights that are allowed through the filter glass. UVB is an important ultraviolet ray because it produces melanin in the tanner. UVA rays’ sole purpose is to tan and darken the produced melanin.

While this seems like a simple formula, up until recently, tanning salons have had no control over ratios, and so tanners had to be careful or they could easily be burned by the UVB exposure. High pressure beds reduce the amount of UVB though, and increase the amount of UVA by great amounts.

The manipulation of the ultraviolet ratios cause there to be just enough UVB to produce melanin, but also an ample supply of UVA to turn the melanin to a healthy and sexy golden brown in a very short amount of time.

How Efficient Is It?

High pressure tans are incredibly efficient and fast. Unlike normal tanning methods at a salon which can take up to ten sessions to simply create a base tan, a base tan using high pressure methods generally only take three sessions.

Once a good clean base tan is established, maintaining and enhancing your tan is much easier as well. Because high pressure beds utilize longer and softer ultraviolet rays, tan maintenance requires only three sessions per month. Normal methods require upwards of three sessions a week.  While that high frequency of sessions may be okay for retirees or people that work from home, the average person simply does not have the time to invest in making so many visits to a salon.

Is the Tan Quality Higher?

Because the high pressure beds utilize light that is designed to go deeper into your skin, tanning results in a darker, more luxurious tan on your skin. When used in conjunction with medium and low pressure tanning, the results are enhanced even further, although this is not necessary to get a tan of the highest quality.


Are There Increased Risks or Side Effects?

When exposing your skin to UV rays, there will always be a possibility for skin redness. Mild sunburns are quite common in standard salon tanning, particularly if the tanner has fair skin naturally. High pressure beds do not expose the tanner to as much ultraviolet B rays as normal beds, however, and because of this, the likelihood for burning is greatly reduced.

A slight redness or itchiness may be experienced while developing your base tan, but this generally lasts only a day or two, and there are lotions you can rub into your skin to ease any slight discomfort you may experience following a tanning session.