There’s a certain enthusiasm that takes us over when the rays of the sun hit those dirty, grey snow banks and that they begin to melt right before our eyes; when the warmth of spring prompts us to store away boots and coats. A certain energy pushes us to devouringly absorb the heat that we so severely missed during the winter. Yes, the sun is our friend.
Following is a table of the six skin phototypes.
|Phototype||Typical features||Tanning ability|
|I||Pale white skin, blue/hazel eyes, blond/red hair.||Always burns, does not tan.|
|II||Fair skin, blue eyes.||Burns easily, tans poorly.|
|III||Darker white skin.||
Tans after initial burn.
|IV||Light brown skin.||Burns minimally, tans easily.|
|V||Brown skin.||Rarely burns, tans darkly easily.|
|VI||Dark brown or black skin.||Never burns, always tans darkly.|
To keep the sun as our friend, we must adjust our behaviour and take into consideration the following factors:
1. Our skin phototype (see table above)
2. Our general health situation (take into consideration certain photosensitive medications).
3. The UV index (measure of the sun’s UV ray intensity and the potential health risks).
4. The skin’s adaptation period (if it has been exposed to the sun in the previous days or weeks or if it is at its minimum coloration).
5. The type of activity (heavy perspiration decreases the efficiency of sunscreens and may act as a magnifier to sun rays)
6. Exposure time (10 minutes or 2 hours makes a big difference. Let’s stay vigilant).
Lynda Proulx Dermo-esthéticienne/Phytothérapeute http://lyndaproulx.com/