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Estimate Skin Type

Determining a client’s skin type helps you and your tanning salon operators decide how an individual client’s skin will react to UV light. It helps you determine safe exposure times so you can help protect the client from overexposure and other potentially harmful reactions.

Skin type depends on several factors including a person’s heritage, natural hair color, eye color, un-tanned skin coloration, and tanning history.

Feel free to use these charts to help figure out a customer’s skin type:

Skin Type Determination Based on Hereditary Characteristics

 

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Eye Color

Light blue, gray or green

Blue, gray or green

Blue

Dark Brown

Brownish black

 

Hair Color

Sandy Red

Blond

Blond chestnut or dark blond

Dark brown

Black

 

Color of Skin

Reddish

Very pale

Pale with beige tint

Light brown

Dark brown

 

Freckles

Many

Several

Few

Incidental

None

 

Skin Type Determination Based on Tanning History

 

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Points

What happens when you stay in the sun too long?

Painful redness, peeling, blistering

Burns regularly with peeling

Burns sometime with peeling

Burns rarely

Never burns

 

To what degree do you turn brown?

Hardly or not at all brown

Tans a little with light color

Tans moderately

Tans very easily

Quickly turns brown

 

Do you turn brown immediately after tanning?

Never

Hardly

Sometime

Often

Always

 

How does your face react to the sun?

Very sensitive

Sensitive

Normal

Barely sensitive

Never a problem

 

Score from Two Charts Above Indicates Skin Type

Total Points

Skin Type

Skin Reactions to the Sun

0-7

1

Burns easily and severely; peels and does not tan

8-16

2

Burns easily and severely; tans minimally or lightly

17-25

3

Burns moderately; tans about average

25 or more

4

Burns minimally; tans above average

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