Why do I need to know my skin type?
As someone looking to buy a home sunbed, you must be aware of your tanning skin type, as this dictates how long you should spending tanning.
The premise of understanding your tanning skin type provides you with an estimate of how long you may be able to spend tanning without overexposing your skin or burning it. Make sure to follow your skin type’s recommended tanning time, and only build up your minutes you spend tanning gradually to lessen the risk of overexposure.
The Fitzpatrick scale
The Fitzpatrick scale is used to measure your tanning skin type.
Check out this version here for a basic understanding of the six skin type categories:
More details for each skin type…
Alongside people’s skin tone, there are other factors that can also indicate how you may tan naturally which we have listed below.
Skin Type 1:
Very fair skin, lots of freckles, red or light blonde natural hair, blue or grey eyes.
High burn risk – skin turns red and peels then goes back to fair. Advised not to tan.
Skin Type 2:
Fair skin, possibly freckled, blonde or brown hair, green and grey eyes.
High burn risk – Great care should be taken when tanning to avoid overexposure. Tanning tends to naturally be light. Time tanning should start gradually, and be built up slowly to avoid overexposure.
Skin Type 3:
Fair to light brown skin tones, few or no freckles, dark blonde to light brown hair, green, grey or hazel eyes.
Medium burn risk, capable of building up a medium tan. Tanning should start gradually, however minutes can be built up faster than a skin type 2, as long as no burning occurs.
Skin Type 4:
Light brown skin, dark brown hair and eyes.
Burning is rare. Tanning is rapid and deep. Tanning should start gradually, to avoid overexposure, but tanning times can then be extended for longer periods of time than for skin types 3 and below.
Skin Type 5:
Deep brown skin, dark hair and eyes.
Overexposure or burning is rare, tanning is rapid and deep.
Skin Type 6:
Very dark skin. Black hair and dark eyes.
Never burns in natural sunlight.
No matter your skin type, we always recommend the use of a tanning lotion when tanning. Not only does this help kickstart the tanning process faster, but it also helps deepen results and keep skin soft and supple.
For great quality lotions, we recommend Australian Gold UK