Girl blocking face from sun

The skin of your face is very thin and sensitive compared to the skin on the rest of your body. Because of this, tanning salons advise that you take extra precautions to protect your face while using a tanning bed.


Here’s some standard practices that most professional tanning salons recommend:

Eye Protection

Always wear eye protection! The skin of your eyelid is super delicate and not all that great at keeping harsh UV light away from your corneas. Without coverage, the prolonged exposure in tanning beds can cause eye damage. That’s why you should always wear tanning goggles!

Tanning goggles are cheap plastic eyeglasses with dark lenses that shield your eyes. They are designed to cover only the immediate area over the eye so don’t worry about the area under the eye not tanning properly (no pale raccoon circles here). Seriously, you can’t go wrong with tanning goggles so always make sure to use a pair!

Tanning Lotion

Tanning lotion promotes a richer, longer-lasting tan and guards against sunburn and uneven patches. It helps hydrate your skin and provides a layer of protection against too much UV exposure. They even have specialized tanning lotions just for your face! Honestly, what’s not to like? Check out our guide to indoor tanning lotions to find just the right one for you!

Lip Balm

An easy way to keep your lips from burning is to apply some lip balm before your tanning session. Moisturized skin will always tan better so we totally recommend grabbing some chapstick with SPF.


Some people go a step further when it comes to protecting their face while tanning. Everyone has different ideas about what makes the perfect tan and no one method is better than the rest. You have to find the technique that’s right for you.

Here are some helpful techniques we found that are gentler on your face while tanning:

Turn Off the Facial Bulbs

Indoor tanning technology comes with a lot of cool features! Face tanners are one of the latest features for most tanning beds.

Your face is typically the area that’s hardest to tan and quickest to fade. Facial bulbs in tanning beds use a higher wattage and reflectors for optimal bronzing and longer-lasting results.

However, people who want to moderate their UV exposure can simply turn this feature off.

UV Blocking Towel

To limit your UV exposure, you could expose your face for the first few minutes of your tanning session and then use a towel to cover up for the remainder of your time. But not just any towel!

Standard fabrics can’t block out UV light, they simply filter it. However, the tighter the weave and the darker the fabric the more UV rays it blocks. We recommend using specialized tanning towels that can block up to 99.99% of UVA and UVB rays. 


Some people apply sunscreen to their face before using a tanning bed! Instead of risking overexposure to UV light they simply use a self-tanner for their face. Check out our self-tanning guide for more information! Touching up your face with bronzing powder would also give you a flawless sun-kissed radiance.

There are also nourishing face masks that can be used to block out UV rays! These facial masks not only keep your skin healthy and glowing, they’re also packed with antioxidants that help to erase fine lines and wrinkles.

 Drop by Tan Unique today and ask our friendly staff about some of their own techniques for face protection! 

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Fort Smith, AR


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