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6 Safest Ways to Tan Your Face in a Tanning Bed

Tan Face in a Tanning Bed

Tanning beds play a vital role in helping you get tan without going out in the sun. so, it is one of the best options to get a tan for most people. Besides, tanning your whole body you can also tan your face in a tanning bed.

As your face contains delicate parts like your eyes so, you need to be very careful while tanning your face in a tanning bed. you should be more aware before going through this process to avoid any skin damage.

Being a tanning expert I must guide you all through the safest process. So, here I will let you know how to tan your face safely in a tanning bed without burning.

How Do Tanning Beds Affect Your Skin?

Tanning beds emit UVA and UVB rays to tan your skin. These rays can be quite harmful to your skin and can cause several side effects.

If not used properly the UV rays produced by the tanning beds can cause flaking and dryness on the face, premature aging, and increase the risk of skin cancer (melanoma).

It can also cause severe damage to your eyes by burning the retina and cataracts which may lead to vision loss. You can also face eyeball issues and cancer on the skin of your eyelids.

How to Get Your Face Tanned Safely in a Tanning Bed?

Following the necessary precaution is very important to tan your face safely. You should never go for a tanning bed session for more than 5 minutes. Also, use a tanning bed once or twice a week.

Here are some more useful tips to help you tan your face without any damage.

Exfoliate Properly

Exfoliating your skin a day before your tanning bed session is very important. By exfoliating properly you can get that natural-looking tan.

while exfoliating the dead skin cells get clear out which allows the ultraviolet rays to get absorbed more deeply and evenly by your skin.

Tanning with dead skin cells and impurities on your skin may lead to streaks and blotches. You can make your own homemade face scrub by using sugar.

Moisturize Well

Spending time in a tanning bed to get tan can make your skin dry and flaky. So, it is very important to moisturize your skin well to prevent dry patches.

Do Not Use Makeup

Most makeup products contain different chemicals. This chemical can stop UV rays from penetrating your skin and also stop melanin production. Without adequate melanin production, your skin cannot get that dark tan.

So, it is always advisable to remove all makeup including eyeliner and lipstick before tanning your face in a tanning bed.

When some makeup products react with the UV rays it can lead to patches and also damage your skin. You can surely use a tinted moisturizer with SPF 41 when you are going out in the sun.

Use Sunglasses

Sunglasses should be worn while getting tan in a tanning bed. It will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and thus, prevent any damage to your eyes.

Do Not Spend Longer Time

You should never tan your face in a tanning bed for more than 10 minutes. Spending a long time can damage your skin. If you planning to spend a long time then, always use a moisturizer with SPF 15.

This will protect your skin from UV rays to some extent and also moisturize your skin to increase melanin production.

Aftercare Is Important

Proper aftercare is very important after your tanning bed session especially when you are going out in the sun. moisturize your skin daily using sunscreen to keep your skin young and healthy.

Should You Lay Face Down in a Tanning Bed?

Lying in a tanning bed and putting your face down may burn your skin and cause damage to your eyes. So, it is always suggested to lay on your back while tanning in a tanning bed.

Also, wear your goggles in a proper way throughout your tanning session to avoid any damage to your eyes.

How to Tan Your Face Without Using a Tanning Bed?

Some clients tell me that they are scared of using the tanning bed to get their face tanned as the UV rays may cause severe damage to their skin.

If you are worried about the same then, you can go for self-tanners to tan your face. Here are some ways to tan your face without UV rays.

Tie Your Hair

Tie your hair properly and make a tight ponytail so that the stray hairs do not interfere with the tanning lotion on your face.

Use Cleanser and Exfoliate

To remove dirt and makeup from your skin use a cleanser. Also, exfoliate properly to remove dead skin cells before using the tanning lotion.

Exfoliating will help your skin to absorb the self-tanner better thus, give you the desired result.

Use Toner

After exfoliating wash your face with water and dry your face. Now, apply toner all over your face using a cotton swab and let it dry out for some time.

Apply Tanning Lotion

Take some tanning lotion and massage it using a circular motion onto your face using your fingers. to blend the lotion properly use a sponge or foundation brush.

Use Moisturizer

You can also mix some moisturizer with the tanning lotion and use it. this will help to get that natural tan look without any visible tan line.

Now, leave the tanning lotion on for the required time on your face to get the visible result.

Proper Care Is Important

Always moisturize your skin regularly after using self-tanners to prevent your skin from drying out. this will keep your skin hydrated and make your tan last longer.

How to Get Tan Without Burning in a Tanning Bed?

Use the easy and effective tips shared below to prevent your skin from burning even if you have a very fair skin tone.

Always Start Slow

It is always better to start slow while using a tanning bed to get tan. Your starting session should not be more than 5 minutes.

Gradually Increase Your Time

After getting tan for 5 minutes if you notice you are not getting burned, increase your tanning time by a minute every day.

When you reach the time of 8 minutes then stop your session and use your tanning bed for 8 minutes for the next 3 consecutive days.

Then, tan at 9 minutes for the next 3 days and 10 minutes for 4 to 5 days. This way you can gradually increase your tanning bed session to 20 minutes as long as your skin is not burnt.

Avoid Getting Sunburn

To prevent sunburn it is always suggested to start off with smaller sessions. If you are already sunburnt then, do not use a tanning bed to get tan as it can burn your skin more.

Final Thought

Using a tanning bed is quite trendy nowadays as it helps you get that glowing bronzed look without going out in the sun. but like most cosmetic products using a tanning bed can cause different side effects if not used properly.

Our face is one of the delicate parts of our body. So special care should be taken before tanning your face safely in a tanning bed. Try to follow the tips and information shared above to get your face tanned without any damage.

After all, we all wish to have a beautiful face.

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Chloe Taylor

Hey there, I am Chloe Taylor, your trusted tanning expert. Dive into expert tips, product reviews, and skincare advice to unlock the secrets of a radiant tan. Also, join me in achieving that sun-kissed glow while safeguarding your skin, which can leave you feeling your best.

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