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Learn Your Skin Type

Skin type 1. Burns easily and rarely tans. These people most likely have bright white skin, blue or green eyes, and freckles, which usually reveals an English, Irish, or Scottish heritage. People with Type 1 skin should not tan indoors or outdoors. Their skin is unable to protect them from sunburns that can lead to skin damage.

Skin Type 2. Can tan, but still susceptible to sunburn. Common traits include brown or blue eyes, red or blond hair, and freckles. Heritage usually is English, Scottish, or Scandinavian.Type 2 tanners should be cautious and take any precautions to avoid sunburn.

Skin type 3. Tans easily, but still susceptible to moderate sunburns. The most common skin type in America. These people often have brown eyes, dark hair, and Central European heritage.

Skin type 4. Tans easily and almost never burns. These people often have dark eyes, dark hair, and Mediterranean, Oriental, or Hispanic heritage.

Skin type 5. Rarely burns and tans easily and cumulatively. These people have dark hair and eyes and are of Indian, Native American, Hispanic, or African descent.

Skin Type 6. Can tan despite their black skin. Never sunburns. They usually have dark hair and are Africans, Afro-Americans, or Aborigines.

Tanning information provided by "Smart Tan".


Skin Safety Tips

Here are some of the most important ways you can prevent UV overexposure and protect the health of your skin while tanning:

Clean your skin completely before tanning. Some ingredients in makeup and perfume can make skin more susceptible to sunburn.

Moisturize your skin with lotions specifically developed for indoor tanning, preferably before and after your tanning session. Moisturizers prepare your skin for UV exposure, reducing the drying effects of tanning.

Allow a minimum of 24 hours to pass before tanning again, indoors or outdoors. Industry and medical standards recommend waiting 48 to 72 hours, the span of time required for skin to repair minor damage and to create melanin and a tan.

When tanning nude, protect sensitive areas of the body that normally are not exposed to UV light. Skin on the underarms, backs of legs, buttocks, and genitalia can suffer severe sunburn from the same light intensity that only tans the rest of your body. Expose these areas gradually by covering them halfway through tanning sessions for the first three or four times you tan nude.

Protect your lips with a lip balm that blocks UV light; lips cannot produce melanin, leaving them at risk for overexposure.

If you are sunburned, soothe your skin with a moisturizer or aloe gel, and don't try to tan until the redness completely subsides.

Seek the advice of a medical professional whenever you have a health concern-such as rashes, itching, or any other skin problems or irregularities.

Tanning information provided by "Smart Tan".