Make sure you know your skin type, use the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Chart below to determine your tanning skin type:

Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification

Part I: Genetic Disposition Part II: Reaction to Extended Sun Exposure
Eye Color: Skin’s Response to the sun:
Light blue, light gray or light green = 0 Always burns, blisters and peels = 0
Blue, gray or green = 1 Often burns, blisters and peels = 1
Hazel or light brown = 2 Burns moderately = 2
Dark brown = 3 Burns rarely, if at all = 3
Brownish black = 4 Never burns = 4
Natural hair color: Does your skin tan?
Red or light blonde = 0 Never – I always burn = 0
Blonde = 1 Seldom = 1
Dark blonde or light brown = 2 Sometimes = 2
Dark brown = 3 Often = 3
Black = 4 Always = 4
Natural skin color (before sun exposure): How deeply do you tan?
Ivory white = 0 Not at all or very little = 0
Fair or pale = 1 Lightly = 1
Fair to beige, with golden undertone = 2 Moderately = 2
Olive or light brown = 3 Deeply = 3
Dark brown or black = 4 My skin is naturally dark = 4
Freckles on unexposed areas: How sensitive is your face to the sun?
Many = 0 Very sensitive = 0
Several = 1 Sensitive = 1
A few = 2 Normal = 2
Very few = 3 Resistant = 3
None = 4 Very resistant/Never had a problem = 4
Total score for genetic disposition: Total score for reaction to sun exposure:

Fitzpatrick Skin Type Score (total genetic disposition + total sun exposure):

Type I (0-6) Always burns easily and severely (painful burn); tans little or none and peels. People most often with fair skin, blue eyes, freckles; unexposed skin is white.

Type II (7-12) Usually burns easily and severely (painful burn); tans minimally or lightly; also peels. People most often with fair skin, red or blond hair; blue, hazel or even brown eyes; unexposed skin white.

Type III (13-18) Burns moderately and tans about average. People with average Caucasoid skin; unexposed skin is white.

Type IV (19-24) Burns minimally, tans easily, and above average with each exposure; exhibits IPD (immediate pigment darkening) reaction. People with white or light brown skin, dark brown hair, dark eyes (e.g. Mediterranean, Asian, Hispanic, etc); unexposed skin is white or light brown.

Type V (25-30) Rarely burns, tans easily and substantially; always exhibits IPD reaction. People with brown skin (e.g. Native American, East Indian, Hispanic, etc); unexposed skin is brown.

Type VI (31 +) Almost never burns and tans easily; exhibits IPD reaction. People with dark brown skin (e.g. African Americans, Australian, South Indian Aborigines, etc); unexposed skin is black.

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