As technology advances, so too does the indoor tanning industry. Sunbed tanning, more commonly known as indoor tanning or solarium tanning, has a long and storied evolution dating all the way back from its inception in the early 1900s. Today, there exists a multitude of options available for those that want to achieve a sun-kissed, golden glow without having to step out into the harsh rays of the sun.
In this article, we are going to explore the future of sunbed tanning while acknowledging the current and latest innovations in indoor tanning technology.
A Brief History Of Sunbed Tanning
We have previously discussed the history of tanning as a whole but to provide a brief refresher. Sunbed tanning was first introduced and popularised in the 1960s as a way for individuals to achieve that golden glow without having to expose themselves to the harmful rays of the sun. The first few iterations of the sunbed were essentially lamps that emitted UV radiation. Over time, as technology improved, new models featured more efficient bulbs and a slew of more advanced controls which offered finer control over these sunbeds.
Today, sunbed tanning is one of the most popular alternatives to traditional sunbathing, especially in areas that receive little to no sunshine over the year like places in northern Europe. However, concerns over health risks associated with these sunbeds have led to a bigger drive in innovating within the field to provide the best quality indoor tanning available.
Current Trends in Sunbed Tanning
Despite these aforementioned concerns, the indoor tanning industry continues to thrive, with several experts predicting that the market will reach around $5.61 billion by 2026. So it is very important to understand just what the current trends are in order to capitalise and see just why the industry is expected to grow at such a fast rate. These current trends include:
- Smart Sunbeds
The latest in sunbed tanning technology comes in the form of smart sunbeds. These sunbeds use advanced sensors and software to provide customers with tailor-made tanning experiences. For example, smart sunbeds are able to adjust the intensity of the UV radiation based on the skin type of the user and their history of sun exposure or other related factors.
Smart sunbeds are also able to track tanning progress and subsequently provide goals in order to reach the desired colour, look, and level of the tan. This is especially helpful in the case of individuals that are newer to the tanning process and want to avoid any risks of overexposure to UV radiation.
- Anti-Aging Technology
Anti-Aging technology is another big trend and innovation in sunbed tanning technology. Current sunbeds use a combination of processes such as red light therapy or collagen-boosting technology which helps reduce the signs of ageing. These processes help stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, helping reduce any wrinkles or fine lines accumulated over the years.
While it may not be the fountain of youth, anti-aging technology in sunbeds can help those that want to maintain a youthful appearance.
- Mobile Sunbeds
While these are relatively new innovations, mobile sunbeds have become increasingly popular especially here in Dubai where people often struggle with maintaining a perfect tan through outdoor sunbathing due to high fluctuating temperatures in the summer. These sunbeds are designed with portability in mind and are easy to transport which makes them an essential option in outdoor activities or events.
They also help those who want the convenience of a sunbeds tans without having to commit to investing in a permanent fixture within their home.
The Future of Sunbeds
Looking forward, what does the future hold for sunbed tanning? Here are just some of the innovations you can expect to enjoy and see over the coming years:
- Safer UV Radiation
The biggest concern with sunbed tanning is the risk the UV Radiation with its link to skin cancer and other health issues related to its exposure. It is very likely that in the future, we can see sunbeds use safer UV radiation technology like UVA Free Lamps which emit UV radiation at a narrower range. This lessens the risk of damaging skin and subsequently reduces the risk of skin cancer and more
- Virtual Reality Integration
Virtual Reality (VR) Technology has made the same strides and bounds in recent years and its integration with sunbed tanning is getting closer and closer. VR integration with sunbeds would allow users a degree of entertainment while they tan. They could choose their desired tanning destination and experience a virtual vacation while getting a tan.
Imagine ‘visiting’ a beach in Hawaii from the convenience of your sunbed. This technology offers a unique and immersive tanning experience for anyone to enjoy.
- AI-Powered Sunbeds
Keeping in theme with integrating and melding technological advancements with sunbeds, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology that is already embedded in various industries and is one that is more than expected to be applied to sunbeds and tanning as well. AI-Powered Sunbeds could use their machine learning algorithms to provide customised tanning experiences for each user.
Sunbeds could be used to analyse factors like skin type or sun exposure history to create a personalised tanning plan based on the desired level of tanning that is tailor-made for each user. This could also increase safety by reducing the risk of UV overexposure.
Our Own Innovations
Sunbed tanning has come a long way since its popularisation in the 60s. Today, the variety of options available for those wanting to have a sun-kissed glow without having to step a foot outside is still ever-growing. The indoor tanning industry continues to innovate and improve and so will we here at Plush Tan.
We not only keep a close eye on trends in the tanning industry but on you as well. Visit our website or our various locations all over Dubai to get a session and see just where sunbeds can take you and the sun-kissed skin you’ve always wanted.