How to tan your face fast

Many people experience uneven tanning; sometimes the face won't tan as quickly as the rest of the body. This leaves tanning lovers frustrated. Facial skin naturally exfoliates faster than the rest of the body, as it is often exposed to the elements. Facial skin can also be thin and dry, making it less likely to absorb and display a tan. There are a few things you can do -- regardless of skin type -- to create a lovely tanned face, such as using tanning oils made from natural coconut oils. These special oils leave skin softer and penetrate skin deeper than mere lotions.

Step 1

Pull your hair away from your face. Wash your face with a cleanser, removing any makeup such as foundation or eye products. Face makeup will hinder a facial tan.

Step 2

Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Don't rub or pull on gentle facial skin, since this may damage it. Apply a dime-sized amount of tanning oil to your face.

Step 3

Walk outside between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Find a sunny spot to lie in. Lay your blanket down, orienting it toward the sun. You want to lie in the sun facing it directly.

Step 4

Set your timer for 15 minutes. Lie back on the blanket with your face turned toward the sun for the full 15 minutes. If you prefer, sit in a chair with your face turned toward the sun. When time is up, go inside and rinse the tanning oil off your face.

Step 5

Repeat the process every day for a week until your face is tan.

Items You'll Need

  • Headband
  • Cleanser
  • Cloth
  • Towel
  • Tanning oil
  • Blanket or chair
  • Timer

Other Suggestions

  • Instead of tanning in the sun, go to a local tanning studio for a spray tan on your face.
  • Another alternative is to use bronzing powder to make your face appear tanner.
  • Use tanning lotions that contain bronzers. These will add subtle color to your skin while you tan.


  • Use caution when tanning. Burning your skin may lead to serious skin problems later.
  • Tanning may lead to skin cancer. If you notice questionable spots on your skin, stop tanning immediately.
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