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Tanning is the skin's natural defense mechanism and protection against burning due to exposure to ultraviolet light. Tanning beds are designed to concentrate levels of UVA light, in conjunction with UVB light. Exposure to this light on the skin's outermost layers stimulates the production of melanin, and the more melanin that is produced, the darker skin will turn. Tanning beds filter out UVC light, the most harmful type.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|