Visiting a tanning salon makes it possible to have a sun-kissed glow throughout the year. In many facilities, red light therapy beds are becoming a popular alternative to traditional tanning beds, as clients can achieve the look they want without harmful exposure to ultraviolet rays. If you’re on the fence about which to choose, below are three differences between the two options to help you decide.

How Are Red Light Therapy Beds & Traditional Tanning Beds Different?

1. Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays

red light therapyTraditional tanning beds use ultraviolet radiation to kick-start the production of melanin in the body, gradually turning skin pigment darker. Treatments with UVA radiation are used to achieve a short-term tan, while the results of UVB radiation manifest within 72 hours and last longer. Red light therapy beds use light energy instead of ultraviolet rays to darken skin, which puts you at a lower risk of developing skin cancer, premature wrinkles, eye damage, and additional problems attributed to prolonged exposure to UV rays.

2. Comfort Level

The ultraviolet rays from a traditional tanning bed are much stronger than what the sun emits. Staying in the bed for too long can cause painful burns and skin inflammation from the UVB radiation. Red light therapy beds don’t have UVA or UVB rays, so you won’t feel as if you have a sunburn after treatment.

3. Skin Appearance

Although traditional tanning beds stimulate vitamin D synthesis, regular treatment can lead to long-term skin damage. The UV rays penetrate the skin’s deepest layers, damaging dermis connective tissue and collagen in the process. After treatment, the skin might appear dehydrated or inflamed. Red light therapy beds are designed for skin rejuvenation. Skin transforms light energy it absorbs into cellular energy. The process bolsters collagen production, which improves elasticity and makes skin appear more youthful. 


If you’re looking for ways to reduce inflammation while tanning, the team at Body Fix in Honolulu, HI, is ready to help. They will provide effective, safe, and painless red light therapy treatment to enhance your complexion. To schedule an appointment in Honolulu, call (808) 597-1110 to speak with the receptionist. Visit the company online to learn more about treatment benefits.