If you plan to pay a visit to the tanning beds then a set of tanning goggles are essential. Some people want to avoid the “racoon eye” look by not using them or using an alternative method of eye protection instead.
But goggles are a necessity if you want to use a tanning bed safely and therefore, you should make sure you invest in a high-quality pair.
Your eyelids don’t provide much in the way of protection when it comes to UV rays, so before you book your next session at the tanning bed, make sure have a good pair of goggles ready.
Tanning goggles come in a wide variety of different types and while you might be able to pick up a pair quite cheaply online or even at the tanning salon, I would strongly advise looking a little deeper to ensure you get the best eye protection possible.
The old saying “you get what you pay for” definitely applies when it comes to shopping for such goggles.
So, let’s look at all the key features you need to consider to ensure you get the best goggles possible.
The Size/ Shape
Tanning goggles come in a range of different sizes and styles. You’ll find thin, sleek ones that look almost futuristic in design as well as bigger ones that look almost like sunglasses.
It all really comes down to preference. You might opt for a bigger pair to ensure your eyes are sufficiently protected and covered or opt for something smaller to get a more full looking tan.
You’ll also want to pay attention to the strap at the back of the goggles as well. The majority of goggles will have an attached elasticated strap that goes around the back of your head but these can vary wildly in design.
Some might be padded to offer more comfort and support while others could feel quite thin and flimsy.
They aren’t quite as common but some tanning goggles have a more radical design and are designed like patches that go over your eyes, unlike more traditional goggles, these lack a strap or bridge-piece for your nose.
The size and shape of your tanning goggles will also play a part in their comfort level as well.
Bigger goggles will usually be much more comfortable but they will cover more of your face. Thinner more sleek goggles might take a little longer to get used to and might feel a bit more uncomfortable at first, but they will help reduce tan lines.
The strap at the back of the goggles will also play a big part when it comes to comfort when lying down as well.
So, make sure you inspect the strap closely and check to see if it’s easy to adjust and move without issue.
Some people put a strong emphasis on style and appearance when it comes to tanning goggles, but really what’s the point? You’re only going to be wearing them in the tanning bed so you don’t have to look good in them, plus it’s going to be hard to look good in a pair of tanning goggles anyway.
That being said the colour of your goggles is still important. Many tanning goggles come in neon colours which can actually glow in the UV light provided by the tanning bed.
This is unlikely to cause any harm but can be very annoying and uncomfortable for some people, so you might want to look for something less flashy and more muted.
Not all tanning goggles are designed to last, in fact, disposable goggles are very popular because it means you don’t have to worry about keeping them safe for your next tanning session. Because they come in multipacks, many people find them to be the most cost-effective solution.
But disposable tanning goggles are going to be weaker by design and won’t offer you the protection and comfort a more long-lasting pair of goggles would.
If you’re a regular visitor to the tanning beds then investing in a stronger, more durable longer-lasting pair of goggles will likely be for the best.
Tanning goggles are available to suit all budgets and spending big doesn’t always mean you’re getting a better pair of goggles. But it does mean your goggles may be comfortable and long-lasting.
As long as any goggles you buy offer UVA and UVB protection then they should be fine to wear in the tanning bed but if you have the money available and you’re a regular tanner, investing in a more expensive pair may be best.
Buy In Person
You can find a wide range of tanning goggles available online but I would strongly advise buying a pair in person. That way you can actually get a feel for the goggles and even try them on to see how they fit.