When tanning, it is important to take into account your skin type. This will indicate how long you should be spending sun worshipping or indoor tanning- Just as people react differently to basking in the sun depending on the fairness of their skin, using a sunbed has the same effect. Knowing your skin type before bronzing on a bed will help to develop a golden glow without harming your skin.
The information below should help you decide what skin type you are.
Skin Type 1
People with this skin type are very fair, usually with a lot of freckles, either red or sandy hair and blue or grey eyes. In reaction to natural sunlight, this complexion has a very high risk of sunburn. For people with this skin type, it is strongly advised to not use a sunbed due to high risks of burning.
Skin Type 2
This second skin type is reasonably fair however not necessarily with freckles. People with this complexion usually have blonde to brown hair with blue, green or grey eyes. Their reaction to natural sunlight is fairly similar to Skin Type 1 in the way that they have a high burn risk, however tanning is still a possibility. People with this skin type should take great caution whilst tanning, both on a sunbed and whilst sun worshipping. Sunbeds usually encourage light tanning, similar to the colour that would be developed in direct sunshine. It is recommended that this category of people spend no more than five minutes on a sunbed per session.
Skin Type 3
People in this bracket have a complexion varying from reasonably fair to light brown. They have no freckles but dark blonde to brown hair and grey or green eyes. Although their risk of burning is lesser than those in Types 1 and 2, it is still a possibility so the maximum recommended usage time on a sunbed is 10 minutes per session.
Skin Type 4
For people with Skin Type 4, burning is rare as their complexion tends to be a light brown accompanied by dark brown hair and eyes. Their tan is rapid and deep. A maximum usage of 15 minutes per session is suggested for this complexion however it's also important to be cautious on initial exposure as the first sessions should be moderate to avoid skin damage.
Skin Type 5
People in this category seldom burn due to their deep brown skin, dark hair and eyes. This complexion has its own natural protection creating a deep tan. It is recommended to spend no more than 20 minutes per session tanning however, like for Skin Type 4, it is strongly advised to exercise precaution during initial exposure.
Skin Type 6
This skin type has its own natural protection. Due to its very dark hue, black hair and dark eyes, people in this category never burn in natural sunlight but instead gain a rapid, deep tan. The maximum exposure on a sunbed for this complexion should be 22 minutes, once again with the recommendation to begin with moderate exposure to avoid skin damage.