Red Light Therapy Tanning is the future of indoor tanning.
If you ever tried it, you know what I mean. If you still did not enjoy the experience of red light tanning, you definitely should.
The basic principle of red light therapy tanning is that the red light rejuvenates the skin and more than negates any negative effects from the UV-light.
There are, however, many more benefits of red light therapy tanning which I will tell you about later in this article.
But first, let me express my appreciation to “Zagaraem” (“Let’s Tan”), one of the first tanning salons in Moscow that invested in red light tanning “Collatan+D” lamps for their customers.
This is great if you are in Moscow. But since you probably don’t want to travel to Russia just for the red light tanning therapy, I hope some of my readers can suggest, in the comments below, other places around the world where you can get your vitamin D tan together with red light therapy.
On the other hand, Russia is probably one of the few places in the world where you can get a real dose of vitamin D from a red light tanning bed. The “Collatan+D” lamp from Lighttech, with its special UVB component, is so far not available in the EU (maybe in the USA by now, but I am not sure).
One 10 minutes session per week in a sunbed with the “Collatan+D” lamps skyrocketed my vitamin D level to a new personal record of 96.7 ng/ml.
My previous maximum level, achieved after two weeks in Thailand following my own sun tanning recommendations in the article “Do You Know How To Tan?” was 79.01 ng/ml.
It is interesting to note that the Russian Association of Endocrinologists during 2014 increased their recommendation for 25-OH (25-Cholecalciferol) levels. Deficit is now below 20 ng/ml (~50 nmol/l), up from 10 ng/ml. Insufficiency is still below 30 but the limit for intoxication increased to 150 (from 100) ng/ml.
The vertical sunbed I normally use for my red light tanning sessions is an Alisun Sunvision V300.
It fits 42 1.9 m 180 W Collatan+D low-pressure tubes. It is also the only vertical sunbed on the market with two high-pressure 400W lamps for the face. Those lamps can be equipped with red or blue filters for enhanced rejuvenation or cleansing of your face.
How do red light therapy tanning lamps work?
Red Light Therapy Tanning lamps produce a combination of UV-light and visible red light.
The UV-light consists of UVB (280-315 nanometres (280-320 nm in North America)) and UVA (315/320 nm – 400 nm).
UVB stimulates your natural “sun-protection” by making the melanocytes in your skin to produce more melanin.
UVB is also responsible for your natural production of vitamin D. The optimal wavelength for vitamin D creation is 311 nanometres.
UVA oxidises (tans) existing and new melanin to a darker colour as a part of your natural sun-protection mechanism.
The RED LIGHT (~620-750 nm) stimulates your natural production of COLLAGEN. Collagen is a protein that make up the “net” which armours your skin and keeps your skin smooth and elastic. As you age and due to environmental stress, your collagen net breaks and wrinkles appear. RED LIGHT is also effectively healing the skin after scratches or even larger wounds (like after surgical operations).
Furthermore, the RED LIGHT increases the blood flow in the outer skin-layers, which both moisturises and bring more oxygen to the tanning process for a nicer and more even tan.
Over-exposure to UV-light (especially UVA) is one environmental factor that can damage the collagen under your skin and create wrinkles. The combination of UV-light and red light in one lamp neutralize any negative effects from the UV-light and actually rejuvenates your skin.
Short exposure time, well below the burning threshold, is still very important in order to reach the optimal rejuvenation effect.
Now, when you know the effects from each of the components in the COLLATAN+D lamp I used to skyrocket my vitamin D level, let us look at the practical application.
I have earlier described how red light therapy tanning works in this post about Red Light Therapy Sunbeds.
There I presented the combination of RED LIGHT THERAPY COLLAGEN LAMPS and ordinary UV-LAMPS in one “hybrid” sunbed.
Combining both UV-light and visible red light in one lamp, is another way to achieve the rejuvenating effect of red light therapy tanning.
The advantage with a sunbed equipped with COLLATAN lamps is that the effect becomes better since each lamp covers all the wanted wavelengths. The disadvantage is that you cannot choose EITHER only Red Light Therapy OR only UV tanning in the same sunbed.
Before the engineers at Lighttech finally found the optimal balance of UVB and UVA, I tested three different Collatan-lamps, with different UV-spectra.
The problem with the early COLLATAN lamps was that they did not emit enough UVB to create large amounts of Vitamin D during a short exposure.
The target specification given to Lighttech was to develop a lamp, which, during a short (5-10 minutes depending of skin-type and the sunbed) session gives…
- Maximum stimulation of Vitamin D creation.
- Optimal stimulation of melanin-creation and long-term pigmentation without erythema (burning).
- A slight immediate darkening of the skin. (But not too much to destroy the Vitamin D creation).
- Enough UVA exposure to create the Nitric Oxide, important for cardio-vascular health.
- Skin-rejuvenation by RED visible light.
The clever engineers at Lighttech finally managed to fulfil the request by combining the narrow-band UVB-spectra (311 nm) from one of their medical lamps with broadband UVA (a little bit less than in a “normal” tanning lamp), and strong Red Light in the 630-640 nm range (peak at 633 nm).
Another positive side effect is a very strong white visible WHITE light, which is known to increase the production of testosterone. This should make weekly sessions in sunbeds with Collatan+D lamps a standard procedure for all sports people who want to reach their maximum potential.
We have not been able to verify the creation of Nitric Oxide from the UVA component but, according to this excellent TED-presentation, it ought to be there.
In my opinion, this is the perfect red light therapy tanning lamp.
Unfortunately, it will take some time before health-authorities realise the enormous health benefits and savings from a widespread regular use of red light therapy sunbeds.
The powerful pharmaceutical companies, who rule medical research, education and politics, will of course work hard to discredit and forbid this kind of indoor tanning too, just as they do with ordinary indoor tanning. Regular exposure to UV-light is after all the most serious competitor to their enormously profitable vaccines and cancer treatments. However, the addition of skin-rejuvenating Red Light Therapy reduces one of the most common counter arguments against sunbeds, the fear of wrinkles.
This Collatan+D Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp is so good that it ought to come with a warning sign:
“RED LIGHT THERAPY TANNING CAN BE IS ADDICTIVE!”
Please share your experience of red light therapy tanning in the comments below!