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How Red Light Therapy Improves Tanning Results

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

You probably already knew that red light improves the condition and appearance of skin but, equally as important for tanning businesses to understand, red and near-infrared light therapy can also accelerate and enhance tanning results.

Ultraviolet A, or UVA light, and Ultraviolet B, or UVB light, are the spectrums of sunlight that stimulate keratinocyte skin cells in the upper layer of skin, to produce melanin and then turn the melanin brown. Sunbed providers have learned that adding red light to UV suntanning sessions dramatically improves the tanning process. Combining red light with UV light energizes and optimizes cell performance and improves how the cells responsible for suntanning perform. Red light therapy also improves circulation and increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the skin. This increased oxidization improves melanin production and increases suntanning performance. Combining red light with UV light sessions has been found to deliver a much better suntan with users reporting smoother and softer skin as compared to their experience with UV-only tanning.

If you think about it, it’s only logical. When we get a suntan outdoors, we aren’t exposed to UVA and UVB light alone. We’re also exposed to red light, and near-infrared light, as well. And, we now understand how red and near-infrared light play a significant role in increasing blood flow and oxygen and improving cellular performance, cellular repair, and cellular regeneration, which is extremely helpful in developing a better suntan.

SmartSun Therapy™ utilizes a combination of targeted light wavelengths, found naturally in sunlight, that have been clinically proven to stimulate positive biological processes supporting the body’s self-healing mechanisms. The carefully engineered combination of Red Light, and Near-Infrared Light found in the SST28 SmartSun Therapy™ device works synergistically to increase blood flow targeting the skin, muscles, organs, connective tissue, and bones.

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