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Tanning beds emit UV rays, much like the sun does. Tanning beds use tanning lamps that emit these rays only UV-A or UV-B rays though. The other kind, UV-C, is more harmful to your skin. As you begin your tanning sessions at a tanning salon, you'll sit under tanning beds under the guide of a tanning professional. The lamps will stimulate melanin in your skin and as part of a reaction to protect your body from further sun; your skin will turn a darker.
The tanning bed lamps use a more UV ray but don't assume it is so safe to use you can stay inside the tanning bed for too long. UV-A rays can still cause sunburns or much worse.