How to Tan in a Standing Tanning Bed

by Kaye Morris ; Updated September 28, 2017

Standing tanning beds are the preferred method of tanning for many because you can gain a tan quicker in a standing tanning bed, and standing to tan is more hygienic than having your bare skin come in contact with the tanning bed surface. Another advantage to standing tanning beds is that the tan is more evenly distributed on your skin if you make the right preparations before tanning and use the standing tanning bed properly.

Items you will need

  • Spray-in hair conditioner
  • Moisturizer
  • Goggles
Step 1

Exfoliate the night before you intend to tan. Dead skin causes you to tan in uneven spots.

Step 2

Use spray-in conditioner to protect your hair. If you have medium-length hair or long hair, fasten your hair on top of your head so that you don’t acquire a tan line on your back or neck.

Step 3

Apply a good moisturizer to your skin before entering the booth.

Step 4

Stand in the middle of the booth and hold the bars at the top of the booth to ensure equal tanning coverage under your arms. Make sure you wear protective goggles for your eyes.

Step 5

Apply moisturizer again when you’ve completed your tanning session.


  • Tanning accelerators can be purchased that will make your tan even darker.


  • Never use a standing tanning bed for more than 20 minutes at a time. Wait a minimum of 24 hours in between tanning sessions. Because you tan faster in a standing tanning bed, you can wait even longer than 24 hours but still achieve the results that you would using a regular lay-down tanning bed.

About the Author

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.