The Fitzpatrick Classification Scale was developed in 1975 by Harvard Medical School dermatologist, Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, PhD.
This scale classifies a person's complexion and their tolerance of sunlight.
It is used by many practitioners to determine how someone will respond or react to facial treatments, and how likely they are to get skin cancer.
Fitzpatrick Classification Scale:
Tips and Information:
What is UV light?
||White; very fair; red or blond hair; blue eyes; freckles
||Always burns, never tans
||White; fair; red or blond hair; blue, hazel, or green eyes
||Usually burns, tans with difficulty
||Cream white; fair with any eye or hair color; very common
||Sometimes mild burn, gradually tans
||Brown; typical Mediterranean Caucasian skin
||Rarely burns, tans with ease
||Dark Brown; mid-eastern skin types
||very rarely burns, tans very easily
||Never burns, tans very easily
Apply Skin Care Products
UV is responsible for tanning and is divided into 2 categories: UVA or UVB. UVA oxidizes melanin, the browning pigment that tans the skin.
UVB triggers melanin production in the skin.
Use lotions before and after tanning to keep an attractive tan looking better longer.
Use an indoor tanning lotion to maximize the appearance of your tan.
Wear Eye Protection
Never tan more than once during a 24-hour period. Just like you need a break from a workout, your skin does too.
Retain your desired color by tanning 1, 2 or 3 times a week, depending on the level of the bed. Also, try a double dip as an alternative to your weekly regimen.
- Always wear protective eye goggles when tanning.