Megasun

Controlled Tanning and Skin Typing

fit for sunA tanned skin provides the best possible light protection. The advantages of a solarium tanning are controlled tanning and exactly dosed to suit every skin type because modern tanning systems provide a ratio of UVA and UVB rays that is more favourable to the skin than that of the natural sun.

Even little doses of UVB rays as well as intense UVA radiation stimulate the cells in deeper skin layers to produce more prepigments. Two to five days after the tanning session, these pre-pigments rise to the top epidermal layer. When they are hit by UVA rays on their way up, they produce a dark, lasting natural-looking freshly tanned skin.

Through to a slowly tanning in a well-dosed manner over a couple of weeks, your skin will form the so-called thickening of the top epidermal layer that extends the self protection time of your skin. Your skin may thus acquire a natural sun protection factor of up to level eight. By careful and moderate pre-tanning allergic reactions to sunlight may be reduced or even completely avoided.

We use the Fitzpatrick Skin Typing Chart to determine tanning times

The Fitzpatrick Skin Type Chart

You can use this chart for self-assessment, by adding up the score for each of the questions you've answered. At the end there is a scale providing a range for each of the six skin-type categories. Following the scale is an explanation of each of the skin types. You can quickly and easily determine which skin type you are. In addition, you need to identify another aspect of your skin type. That is whether you have oily, dry, normal or sensitive skin.

TYPE 1: Highly sensitive, always burns, never tans. Example: Red hair with freckles

TYPE 2: Very sun sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally. Example: Fair skinned, fair haired Caucasians

TYPE 3: Sun sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown. Example: Darker Caucasians.

TYPE 4: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown. Example: Mediterranian type Caucasians.

TYPE 5: Sun insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well. Example: Some Hispanics, some Blacks

TYPE 6: Sun insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented. Example: Darker Blacks.

 

Genetic Disposition

Score

0

1

2

3

4

What is the colour of your eyes?

Light blue, Grey, Green

Blue, Grey or Green

Blue

Dark Brown

Brownish Black

What is the natural colour of your hair?

Sandy Red

Blond

Chestnut/Dark Blond

Dark Brown

Black

What is the colour of your skin (non exposed areas)?

Reddish

Very Pale

Pale with Beige tint

Light Brown

Dark Brown

Do you have freckles on unexposed areas?

Many

Several

Few

Incidental

none

Total score for Genetic Disposition: _____

Reaction to Sun Exposure

Score
O

1

2

3

4

What happens when you stay in the sun too long?

Painful redness, blistering, peeling

Blistering followed by peeling

Burns sometimes followed by peeling

Rare burns

Never had burns

To What degree do you turn brown?

Hardly or not at all

Light colour tan

Reasonable tan

Tan very easy

Turn dark brown quickly

Do you turn brown within several hours after sun exposure?

Never

Seldom

Sometimes

Often

Always

How does your face react to the sun?

Very sensitive

Sensitive

Normal

Very resistant

Never had a problem

Total score for Reaction to Sun Exposure: _____

 

Tanning Habits

Score

0

1

2

3

4

When did you last expose your body to sun (or artificial sunlamp/tanning cream)?

More than 3 months ago

2-3 months ago

1-2 months ago

Less than a month ago

Less than 2 weeks ago

Did you expose the area to be treated to the sun?

Never

Hardly ever

Sometimes

Often

Always

Total score for Reaction to Sun Exposure: _____

 

Tanning Habits

Skin Type based on scores

0-7

I

8-16

II

17-25

III

25-30

IV

over 30

V -VI



 


 


« Back