Types of UV Light
UV light is responsible for giving your skin that golden brown colour we all know as a tan. There are three different wavelengths of UV light that reach the earth from the sun – UVA, UVB and UVC – and each affect your skin in different ways.
Fabutan's tanning bulbs have a high UVA output (95%) with a small UVB output (5%) to give you a rich, golden tan.
The Good – UVA
UVA, known as the tanning ray, is responsible for darkening the pigment in our skin and will not cause a burn – except in cases of extreme skin sensitivity or excessive overexposure. The majority of the rays you will experience at Fabutan are UVA rays.
The Beneficial – UVB
UVB rays are considered friendly, but can still cause burning in cases of overexposure. UVB is the wavelength of UV light that naturally stimulates our body to produce much needed vitamin D, which regulates calcium, magnesium and phosphorus absorption in our bodies.
In small doses, UVB rays increase the pigmentation of our skin, as well as our skin's natural SPF. The low-pressure lamps at Fabutan simulate the ratio of UVA and UVB rays present in natural sunlight.
The Bad – UVC
UVC rays are the most dangerous wavelength of UV light. UVC rays cause extreme damage to your skin, and are the main reason why scientists are worried about the ozone layer's depletion. As the ozone layer becomes thinner and thinner, its ability to filter out UVC light is decreasing.
You will not find any UVC rays at Fabutan!