How To Avoid Raccoon Eyes From Tanning

If you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to have skin so pale that, if left to its own devices, will nearly blind others with its whiteness.

In other words, you appreciate a good tanning bed session, to make yourself look less like a creature of the night.

However, as anyone with experience in tanning beds knows, if you’re not careful, you’ll end up coming out looking somewhat like another creature of the night… the raccoon.

Therefore, I thought I’d come to your rescue with some surefire ways to avoid such calamity.

Here is what I will be talking about today:

  • Can You Wear Regular Sunglasses in a Tanning Bed?
  • Tanning Goggles – Should You Remove Them During Your Tanning Session?
  • How To Use Tanning Goggles – Basic Tips

We will start by answering whether you can use your regular sunglasses in a tanning bed.

Can You Wear Regular Sunglasses on a Tanning Bed?

Sunglasses on a Tanning Bed
The simple answer to this question is no. You can’t and you shouldn’t wear your regular sunglasses during your tanning bed sessions. Here is why you need a pair of specially designed tanning goggles:

Tanning beds are capable of producing high levels of ultraviolet light, which can tan your skin to make it look gorgeous but can also cause some damage to your body, especially to your eyes.

Cataracts, macular degeneration and choroidal melanoma are all problems associated with long-term UV exposure to the eyes. That’s why you should always wear special protective eyewear when using a tanning bed.

Tanning without proper eyewear will slowly, but permanently damage your eyes. There are any people who think they can simply close their eyes or wear their regular sunglasses to block the UV rays.


However, closing your eyes, wearing regular sunglasses, or placing cotton pads over your eyelids won’t protect your eyes from the intense UV radiation produced by tanning beds.

Your eyes are very precious. If you damage them once, it is hard or even impossible to reverse the effect. So, make sure to keep them well protected when visiting tanning salons by investing in high quality tanning googles.

Next, we discuss whether you should remove your tanning goggles in order to avoid raccoon eyes from tanning.

Tanning Goggles – Should You Remove Them During Your Tanning Session?

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One way to avoid raccoon eyes, is to simply remove the tanning goggles for part of your session.

However, this is not recommended, as getting even the smallest bit of that UV light in your eyes can do some serious damage, and let’s face it, even raccoon eyes are better than making yourself blind.

Therefore, wearing protective goggles is really the only safe way to tan.  How, then, do you prevent tan lines?

First off, don’t cheap out on the goggles.

The California Tan Pro-Specs Eyewear is a little pricier than many, but I invested in a pair and they work really well, as implied by the many happy customers in the reviews.

These have never done me wrong, and have lasted me a year, and many satisfying tanning sessions so far.

I have converted many friends to this model, and let me tell you, I haven’t heard any complaints!

Finally, we bring you some cool tips for using tanning googles.

How To Use Tanning Goggles – Basic Tips

Now that you have a good pair of goggles, which is the first step toward tanning success, you need to figure out how to use them to their maximum capacity in avoiding those raccoon eyes.

The best and easiest way I’ve found is to simply re-position the goggles slightly every few minutes.

This way, the area around your eyes tans a lot more consistently, and you can avoid the raccoon effect.

Make sure the bottom ridge of the goggles is sitting along your bottom eyelid at all times.

Then, start out with the right lens corner lined up with the corner of your right eye.

A minute or so later, shift the goggles, so that the left lens corner lines up with the corner of your left eye.

Continue to alternate between the two positions, every minute or two on the tanning bed, until your session is over.

This has never failed me and does not cost anything extra.

The sun will thank you for looking as though you belong under its rays, rather than as though you belong in the raccoon exhibit at the local zoo.

Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope my advice helps you out on your road to looking like you just walked off a sunny beach in California.

Happy tanning!

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About the author: Sariya is our resident tanning expert.  Being Turkish, she has a tendency to tan easily, which she considers a blessing. At the same time, Sariya minored in chemistry, so, when it comes to various lotions and bronzers, Siriya knows a thing or two.  As much as she loves her tan, she knows that sun safety is also very important.