Can You Tan in The Shade? | Detailed Guide

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Can You Tan in The Shade

The most asked question “Can we get tan in the shade?” I don’t know where this question has started. But the answers to this question will goanna help many people. 

In our previous article, we explained what UV index is best for tanning in the winter and summer seasons. But, as UV index involves direct exposure to the sunlight which involves skin damage and burns no matter how much sunscreen you apply. At this point, getting tan in the shade is the best solution to protect your skin from burning.

In this blog post, we will answer “Can you get tan in the shade? “So, without wasting time let’s get into the guide:

The science behind tanning

To understand whether you can get a tan in the shade, it’s important to comprehend how tanning works. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Specifically, two types of UV radiation, UVA and UVB, play a significant role in tanning.

UVB rays are responsible for the burning sensation you may experience after prolonged sun exposure. On the other hand, UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching the underlying layers. These rays trigger the production of melanin, a pigment that gives your skin its color.

Can you tan in the shade?

The answer is yes!

According to research and experiments, it has been seen that a tanning effect has been achieved by sitting in the shade like under a tree, umbrella, shelter, or a par. Don’t have to sit directly under the sun to get a tan.

Now, at this point, you might be thinking how is it possible? Let me explain:

The shade is always on your head, not on the other 4 sides (left, right, front, back). Now, what will happen is that sunlight will reflect from the objects and will reach you in different directions, as a result, you will get a tan in the shade.

So, even if you don’t sit directly under the sun you will still get a tan effect. But, sitting under a shade doesn’t mean that you don’t need protection. Sunscreen is a mandatory thing when you are going out to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays.

Factors affecting tanning

Several factors can affect your ability to tan, even when you’re in the shade. Understanding these factors can help you manage your tanning expectations

1- Skin Type: Different skin types have varying levels of melanin production. Individuals with fair skin may find it more -challenging to develop a tan, while those with darker skin may tan more easily.

2- Duration of Shade Exposure : Spending longer periods in the shade increases your chances of developing a tan, as your skin has more time to absorb the available UV radiation.

3- UV Strength: The strength of UV radiation reaching your skin in the shade depends on various factors, such as the time of day, geographical location, and weather conditions. UV intensity is typically higher during midday and in regions closer to the equator.

How to prevent tanning?

Everything has equal likes and dislikes. Although tanning is popular, not everyone likes it. Therefore, some people want to avoid tanning. So, if you want to go outside for a picnic or beach the best way to prevent yourself from tanning is sunscreen. You need to apply sunscreen after every two hours. Other than that wear a full selves shirt, pants, glasses, and a hat.

Can you tan with sunscreen SPF 50?

This is also a very common question that people mostly ask us: is it possible to get a tan with SPF 50 on?

The answer is yes!

If you are using SPF 50 still 2% of the UV rays can enter into your body which means there is a chance that you will get a tan. That is why we advise you to apply sunscreen after every 2 hours.


  1. Can you tan when cloudy?

    Yes, it’s possible because 90% of UV rays can penetrate the clouds and can reach your skin. Even if you don’t feel it, the UV rays can tan your skin.

  2. Does wearing sunscreen in the shade prevent tanning?

    Wearing sunscreen in the shade can help reduce the risk of sunburn and protect your skin from UV damage. However, some UV rays can still reach your skin, so it is possible to develop a tan even with sunscreen.

  3. Can you get a tan through a window?

    Yes, some UV rays can penetrate through windows, particularly UVA rays. If you spend a significant amount of time near windows, you may still develop a tan, although it will be less intense

  4. How to not get tanned?

    Always apply a good sunscreen and wear a full selves shirt, pants, hat, and glasses.

  5. Can you still get tan in the shade?

    Yes, this is because the shade only stays on your head. Therefore, when the sun rays reflect from the objects they can reach your skin, and as a result, you can get a tan in the shade as well.


So, that was all. I hope that you get your answer. Those who have sensitive skin or want to avoid skin damage or burn can sit under the shelter and still get a tan. However, if you don’t want to go outside for a tan you can still get a tan. Nowadays there are many indoor tanning services and products that can give you a temporary tanning effect. Now, it’s up to you whether you want a fast long-lasting effect or just a temporary one. 

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