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Red Light Therapy Tanning Beds for Skin-rejuvenation.

Does the fear of wrinkles and premature aging of your skin keep you away from using sunbeds?

In that case red light therapy tanning is for you.

Story at a glance:
Hybrid Sunbeds, with both UV- and Red Light Therapy tanning lamps, give you a soft, gentle, tan as well as vitamin D while the red light re-builds collagen and rejuvenates your skin.

By now, you must have heard about the importance for your health of having a high enough level of vitamin D.

Most likely you are also aware of the fact that we are meant to get most of our vitamin D from exposure to UVB-rays.

You can get UVB from sunshine but only on a clear day when the sun is higher than 45 degrees above the horizon.

For many of us living in cities or far away from the equator, sunshine is not a viable option as a regular, all year round, source of UVB for vitamin D.

Sunbeds, on the other hand, can give you UVB and vitamin D at any location and time and in any weather.

Hopefully you are clever enough not to have been fooled by the anti-tanning propaganda and skin-cancer scare from the dermatologists paid by the cosmetic sunscreen industry.

You might, however, still believe that using sunbeds regularly can give you wrinkles and make your skin age prematurely.

For sure, using sunbeds too much and too often can add some extra wrinkles on your face. Unfortunately, many indoor tanners do just that in their quest of becoming as dark as possible.

If used correctly, for a healthy skin-tone and as a source of vitamin D, sunbeds can help you not only to stay healthy but also to keep your skin fresh and smooth.

But still there is this nagging thought of getting wrinkles from the sunbed and looking older than your age.

Here are the good news: The new hybrid technology for indoor tanning will not only prevent new wrinkles, but also reduce existing.

The combination of lamps with red light and UV lamps in RED LIGHT THERAPY TANNING BEDS, will give you the best of both worlds – red-light for collagen repair plus ultraviolet light for vitamin D and other benefits of UV-exposure.

Today’s sunbeds are not the perfect alternatives to the real sun

The sunlamp was invented as a substitute for sunlight. But even if it is technically possible to make a sunlamp which emits the full spectrum of sunlight, commercial sunbeds have become the source of mainly ultraviolet light.

The reason for that comes from the market demand from customers to tanning salons to get an immediate visible tanning result during a short tanning session. If the available power in a sunbed would be spread over the whole sunlight spectra, the session time in order to catch a tan, would be unreasonably long. Actually just like under the natural sunlight.

Sunbeds with red light therapy in addition to the traditional UVA and UVB are now getting known as hybrid sunbeds.

Other names used are: Collarium; Solagen; Collatan and CollaD sunbeds (they can of course be horizontal as well as vertical).

They are one step closer to the ultimate role of sunbeds to become a more complete alternative to the natural sun in a modern urban environment.

Red light (633 nm wavelength) increases the collagen in your skin and thus reduces wrinkles and make your skin look younger.

Even if the red light also does increase the blood circulation in the skin, do not mix up this visible red light with the invisible infrared light which has longer waves which penetrate deeper into the skin and cause a heating effect there.

The increased blood circulation from the red light is in general beneficial for the skin, but even more so in combination with the ultraviolet light.

It brings more oxygen and antioxidants (like astaxanthin and Omega 6, which are a good idea to take before a tanning session) from the blood into the process of tanning and skin-rejuvenation.

Briefly described, the combination of red-light and UV-light in a tanning session creates a win-win situation for both your tanning result and the rejuvenation of your skin.

What kind of red light therapy tanning beds (hybrid sunbeds) exists today?

Hybrid sunbeds (red light therapy sunbeds) with a mixture of UV-lamps and lamps with red-light have existed for a couple of years already.

The “Mon Amie” form KBL/Megasun was the first to the market. The first Mon Amie was a horizontal sunbed with 10 of each red- and UV- lamps (2 meter/120W) in the lower part and 14 UV-lamps (2 meter/180 W) plus 12 red light (collagen) lamps in the upper part.

Megasun Mon-Amie Hybrid Sunbed
Megasun Mon-Amie Hybrid Sunbed

The session-time is individually adjustable for the UV- and the collagen- lamps respectively. The normally recommended standard for session-time is totally 20 minutes with the UV-lamps switching off after half-time.

I personally had the opportunity to use a Mon Amie equipped with standard lamps for the European market from the factory but was not very satisfied with neither with the tanning result, nor with the vitamin D.

I had 6 sessions spread over 2 weeks. Each session was 20 minutes long with the UV-lamps turned off after 10 minutes. I found no visible increase of tan and my level of vitamin D decreased from 52 to 47 ng/ml. I (or rather my wife) did however notice a slightly improved freshness of the face-skin.

My conclusion after that exam was that the European standard of UV-lamps with only 0.8% UVB (about 1.6% according to the North American standard) was not enough to maintain my vitamin D at its usual high level and the 10 minutes UV-time was too short to make any additional colour to my more or less permanent base-tan. If I had started from a lower level of vitamin D and with a paler skin, the result would most likely have been more positive.

A study from 2012 with a sunbed equipped with similar UV-lamps (albeit only with UV-lamps) showed that it is possible to produce vitamin D corresponding to at least 2,000 – 5,000 IU during an 8-minute session also from lamps with such small amount of UVB.
Even if a sunbed in Europe might be weak in the UVB, recent research is showing that also the UVA rays give some very essential health benefits. Their stimulation of Nitric Oxide creation does wonders for your blood circulation and the cardiovascular system in general.


The initial Mon Amie from KBL/Megasun has since been developed also into a vertical unit and most other tanning bed manufacturers are now making hybrid sunbeds (horizontal as well as vertical, “stand-up”, units). Ergoline is one of the solarium manufacturers using “Hybrid Sunbed” in their description of their “Beauty Angel” concept.

World Premiere of Alisun Solagen at Intercharm in Moscow April 2013.

One of the most interesting newcomers is a vertical sunbed from Alisun, the “Solagen”. In addition to the 24+24 collagen- and UV-lamps, it has an option to add three high-pressure lamps with red-light filters for extra rejuvenation of the face.

Like most other vertical hybrid sunbeds, the Solagen can also be equipped with a vibrating platform which amplifies both the rejuvenation and the soft tanning effect.

What makes this even more interesting is that those three high-pressure lamps can individually be equipped with filter for other colours, for example blue or even green light. (Even if my previous post about green-light therapy was made on April 1st, there is still some hint of truth in it).

That leads us into the question of the potential benefits of blue light. My personal view is that blue light has a role to play for more problematic skin. The cleansing effect of blue light has, for example, a good ability to reduce acne. For normal skin and as an addition to the combination of rejuvenation/tanning/vitamin D from red-light and UV-lamps, blue light has a lesser role to play.

The ideal combination of UV-lamps and collagen lamps

If we go outside the European 0.3 w/m2 limitation to markets like North-America and Russia/CIS, it is possible to find better (and probably healthier) combinations of red-light and UV-light than in the Mon Amie as described above.

When changing the 0.8 % UVB lamps towards 2.6 or even 3.2% (6-8% in North-America) UVB the ability of a hybrid sunbed to give both a higher dose of vitamin D as well as generate more melanin for the perfect base-tan during a shorter exposure time, becomes much better.

In general, I find 2.6% (~6% in North-America) to be a safe level of UVB in order not to be too close to the risk of burning. The higher UV-%, the smaller margin there is (of the session-time) between getting enough exposure for vitamin D and the risk of getting a burn.

Personally, I am very enthusiastic over the benefits I can get from the combination of UV-light and red-light therapy


In one of the places I live, I have installed a 12-lamp one-sided tanning-unit which I have equipped with a combination of UV- and collagen- lamps.

I have found that a combination of 8 collagen-lamps and only 4 UV-lamps (2.6% UVB according to the European scale) is enough for both a nice tan, vitamin D to keep my blood-level above 50 ng/ml and maximum rejuvenation from the red-light.


I try to use the unit at least 20 minutes every day. One day exposing my front and the next day my back.

If you are interested in purchasing (in Europe only) a similar sunbed, please drop me a message through the contact-form here, and I will arrange for a discounted special price. If you need something similar in the USA or Canada, Dr. Mercola is offering some choices HERE.

I have also noticed a very positive “side-effect” when using hybrid sunbeds. Small wounds (which you easily get when playing with a cat:-)), are healing much faster when having sessions in a hybrid sunbed than without. Probably it is the combination of collagen-repair by the red light and melanin stimulation by the UV-light that creates this healing effect.

Red Light Tanning Beds in the tanning- or beauty- salon

More and more tanning- and beauty- salons are already offering red-light therapy for collagen repair. They do it, however, mostly with separate unit and with the recommendation not to use UV-tanning during the 3-4 weeks of red-light therapy sessions.

With the new hybrid tanning/red-light therapy sunbeds, it is possible to switch between the UV-and the red- light and/or use them together. In principle this means three possibilities with one investment.

I strongly believe that for many people, hybrid sunbeds will become the preferred mode of indoor tanning. It will also bring many new customers to the tanning salons which offer the combined UV- and red-light therapy for the optimal benefits of vitamin D and skin-rejuvenation.fachada_solmania

Some tanning salons have already implemented the concept of hybrid tanning. Here is what Jon de Vroe from Solmania in Spain is saying about their concept:

“I think this is a very interesting development. At Solmanía, (tanning salon chain in Spain) we currently offer normal tanning (classic tanning) and a combination of UV and collagen light we call BeautySpa. With this last type of tanning, approx. 35% of the tubes are UV tubes and 65% are collagen tubes, the UVB level in the tanning tubes is of course higher than in normal tanning beds. The results are: a good long lasting tan, extra Vitamin D production, and it neutralizes the effect of premature ageing of the skin, as it really helps to improve skin care, skin hydration etc. I personally use this type of tanning now for about 3 years.

Between 40% and 50% of all tanning sessions are currently UV/collagen tanning sessions at Solmanía tanning salons.”

Do you know any other salon offering hybrid tanning? In that case, please tell us in the comments below.

Further development of combined UV- and red- light sunbed lamps

Innovation of Red light therapy tanning beds

Manufacturers of lamps for sunbeds are already experimenting with the combination of UV-light and red-light in one lamp. I enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the development of the “perfect sun-lamp” from one of the largest sun-lamp manufacturers. Although we are not yet there, I do hope we will have a lamp ready until the autumn this year (2013).

The goal is to make a lamp with combined red-light and UV-light which will give all of this during only one session (12-15 minutes depending on skin-type, in a 42-48 lamp vertical sunbed):

  • A good amount (10,000 to 15,000 IU depending on skin-type) of vitamin D
  • A good base-tan with increased melanin and light pigmentation
  • The skin-rejuvenating benefits of red-light

Even if there are some versions of such a “Collatan”-lamp for sale today, they do not yet meet my requirements as above. (They mainly fail in the vitamin D generation due to too little UVB).

You, the readers of the Tanning Blog, will of course be the first to know when there will be a Collatan  (or CollaD) lamp which can get the seal: “Recommended by the Tanning Guru”.

Until then, please find a salon with a hybrid sunbeds and try one out. I am sure you will become as satisfied as I am with a rejuvenated, golden-hued, skin and higher vitamin D level. Don't forget to share your experience with other readers – either in the comments below or on the Vitamin D Tanning Facebook page.

In my next post, I will describe which lotions I use in combination with the hybrid tanning in order to make my more than 60 year old face to look younger than 91% of other men of my age.

Your opinion is appreciated …


  1. Below 25 or 30 !!!!!! Its a great list. They are really efficient to drive their business.I think they made a new era of that business. I wish them……Go ahead for long run.

  2. I heard that collagen really helps retain moisture in the skin after sun exposure and tanning. I’ve been tying this amazing collagen drink and feeling and looking great. I think it’s the best treatment wrinkles so far. My friends say they’ve really noticed a difference in the under eye wrinkles i used to have. – tastes peachy and so easy to get into the habit of taking daily.

  3. Sunscreen lotions prevent skin from tanning and other skin related issues. Lashield is the best solution for blocking uv rays from the sun.

  4. Seriously? Indoor tanning?… I haven’t heard so much about this indoor tanning. I must say it is one of the best post in terms of information I have ever read. Coming to point tanning I love to take sun bath but it sometime cause problem. I will surely try this new thing.

  5. Well according to me tanning is a good option as far as it is done in proper way. Now a days increasing pollution leads to skin problems like wrinkles and other. I also feel fear to use sunbeds but I think I have got a good solution. Thank you for this.

  6. Well seriously I have no idea regarding this red light therapy before reading this post but I but now I think it’s a wonderful idea. Sun bath is always a good option but some time it creates the fear of sun burn. Thank you so much for posting.

  7. Hello there…First of all I just want to say that I am a big fan of your blog and yeah of course of your post too. Well coming to this post, I am totally agree what you have mention in your post. Thank you so much for this post.

  8. I live in Arizona and the sun here will bake you to a crisp. The other day I heard a news report that melanoma is on the rise in my state. I am so glad I found this article.Thanks for the guide and advice.

  9. I had no idea about this red light treatment combined with tanning. I love having a tan, this year was not able to go on holiday until September this year, it’s been a pale, fake tan summer!

    I live in Devon in the UK and in my small town most salons and a couple of gyms have an upright sunbed, but a tanning salon, with more than one unit, open out of working hours doesn’t exist 🙁

    I would love for someone to start their own business (I would if I didn’t already have a secure enjoyable job) and perhaps promote deals with local gyms and salons for discounted rates for their customers. Most of the sun showers are located in non-air conditioned environments which I think can be very dangerous so I’ve stopped using them.

    I’m so pleased I;ve read this article but at the same time disappointed, as there’s nowhere around here that would provide such cutting edge technology for tanning. I am convinced that it would be a smart business move however!

    Great article, thanks very much, I’m going to join your FB page 🙂

  10. A great way of Tanning in easier and healthier way, who will resist this red light therapy? This is a great initiative way of tanning under the heat of the sun, which we aren’t surely hundred percent sure safe due to climate change effect..

  11. I just had some suspicious moles removed and my dermatologist told me I had to quit using tanning beds. I had never heard of a red light therapy sunbed though. I wonder what my dermatologist would say about those!

  12. These red light tanning beds are really great when you want to have a fair skin. Often, many ladies want to get tanned because they feel beautiful with it. And with the help of this therapy, you can now have a tanned skin whenever you wanted.

  13. I still don’t understand the how the hybrid approach is good for the skin. I get the red light concept, but to add the uva and uvb would seem to contradict the benefits of the red light???

  14. This is the first time I have heard about tanning techniques. And, yes I have seen many models with tanned skin and I always thought why they are modeling with such type of tanned skin and people actually loving it and like it. Now, I got to know they use tanning technique which helps them changing their skin color.

    Pleased to read your article, very nice, unique and interesting topic you took. And, this would be loved by many as there are many like me who was unaware of this.

    Thanks for this wonderful share!!!

  15. Well hybrid sunbed will be better for our skin health, your post seems to be so unique with great health tips, thanx for the post.

  16. It’s important to use the right frequency of UV, but the benefits can be astounding. I use a very particular tube of UV for treating my eczema and when i undergo treatments the skin really does clear. If I had more sun, this wouldn’t be so much of a problem, but living in the UK, the Sun is a rare friend these days.

  17. Hey, I’m a long time fan and reader of your blog, first time commenter. Just wanted to say this post really hit home with the stuff I’ve been looking into. Thanks man

  18. Nice post. I have no idea regarding this red light therapy before reading this post but it’s a wonderful idea.Thank you so much for posting.

  19. Since hybrid sunbed will be better for our skin health, your post seems to be so unique with great health tips, thank you for the post!

  20. Dear Sir,
    i am gonna to buy beauty angel equipments and send it to Iran .
    if you have please give me it’s complete information such as specification ,price , and catalogue by email until i consider and decide to buy it .

    Sincerely Yours

  21. Like a mole, it is caused simply by the skin cell pigmentation. Skin tags on the other hand, are caused by virus infection and can appear as tiny to a pencil eraser-like soft flaps, while warts are naturally caused by a virus known as HPV with an oval growth or raised round on your skin, characterized by rough surfaces.

  22. Since Dr. Mercola is no longer selling these, are you aware of any other US supplier that offers a combind uv/red light tanning lamp for home use? Thanks very much!

  23. Hybrid Sunbeds, with both UV- and Red Light Therapy tanning lamps, give you a soft, gentle, tan as well as vitamin D while the red light re-builds collagen and rejuvenates your skin.

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  26. I think it’s the best treatment wrinkles so far. My friends say they’ve really noticed a difference in the under eye wrinkles i used to shoes.

  27. Well… round about every blog posts online don’t have much originality as I found on yours.. Just keep updating much useful information so that reader like me would come back over and over again.

  28. hello
    i need help and clarification about the collagen lamps.
    is it safe/harmful to use a machine with 56 pro- collagen lamps (160w) to have a red light therapy? each session of 15 minutes 2 to 3 times a week… saying that, results on my skin, face, hair and nail ( best glow ever ) are beyond great.
    thank you in advance for your replies and recommendations.

  29. Can you buy just the combination bulbs to put on an existing tanning bed?

  30. I use a very particular tube of UV for treating my eczema and when i undergo treatments the skin really does clear. If I had more sun, this wouldn’t be so much of a problem, but living in the UK,

  31. Hi can you recommend a red light tanning bed with UVB hybrid combo to purchase for home use in the US?

  32. Thanks for every other informative web site.
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  33. Great information! I am in the process of fixing my (at home tanning bed). Replacing the bulbs. I have 26 total (13 top and 13 bottom). How many do you recommend replacing with red light therapy bulbs? I am interested in tanning, increasing my vitamin D, and the benefits of the red light therapy. Thank you…Colleen

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