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High-pressure tanning is the latest tanning technology in commercial tanning beds. Rather than using phosphor coated tube lamps, high-pressure tanning beds use small high-energy ultraviolet light quartz lamps mounted behind filtered glass. This allows only a very specific wavelength of Ultraviolet light to pass through to the tanner.
High-pressure beds produce almost 100% UV-A, which is the primary tanning light ray. This light does not pose the same burning potential as the UV-B rays but penetrates deeper into the skin to tan the melanin. High-pressure tanning results in a faster, darker, and longer lasting tan and fewer sessions are needed to maintain the tan.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|