Welcome To Fitzpatrick/Skin Types
It don’t matter if your black or white…Sorry MJ, in this case- it does.
What is The Fitzpatrack scale I hear you say?!
Well essentially In 1975 Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick developed a way to evaluate a how a persons skin responds to UV exposure in terms of the degree of burning and tanning! (hence the name- I’m going to name a pizza after myself one day- you wait). This system became known as the fitzpatrick scale and ever since has been used by Doctors, nurses and aesthetic practioners to help decide the best/strength of certain treatments like laser and chemical peels.
With it being summer… although not in Britain *shock, sun where art thou? But for many holiday makers and anyone who is interested in aesthetics or considering laser treatments or peels you should hopefully find this helpful and interesting! Watch…well read and learn 💁
SO the Fitzpatrick system consists of six skin types. Starting from type 1 (skin that never tans and always burns) all the way to type 6 (which always tans and never burns).
Skin type 1/ Emma Stone: Red, fair hair. Green or blue eyes, pale skin with freckles. Burns very easily, never tans. Very sensitive to UV exposure.
Skin type 2/ Gwyneth Paltrow: Blonde, darker blondes, red hair. Green, blue, grey and hazel eyes. Pale skin. Burns easily, rarely tans. Fairly sensitive to UV exposure.
Skin type 3/ Kelly Brook: light brown, dark blonde, chestnut hair. Brown, blue, hazel, green, grey eye colour. Neutral skin colour. Skin is defined by gradual tan, sometimes burns. Sensitive to UV exposure.
Skin type 4/ Mila Kunis: brown, dark brown, medium brown hair shade. Hazel or brown eyes. Skin is naturally tanned, olive.
Did you know? In lighter skins, signs of sun damage are usually seen through wrinkling and sagging noooo😲, thread veins, liver spots and many more. For those who are a skin type 1 with red hair they produce pheomelanin which is mostly ineffective at protecting the skin against UV rays (now you know redheads!). Which can lead to pigmentation- described simply as ‘colouring’ it can show itself differently depending on the skin type, skin types 1-4 may start with ‘cute’ freckles but as they begin to age they enlarge and can age you visually- Lather on your high Factor! 👻
Skin type 5/ Freida Pinto: dark brown to black hair. Brown eye colour. Darker complexion, which never burns tans easily and quickly darkens. Minimally sensitive to UV exposure.
Skin type 6/ Rihanna: black hair, dark eye colour. Dark and deep skin colour, defined by the absence of burns and the ability to obtain a dark tan with ease. Minimally sensitive to UV exposure.
Did you know? Darker skins usually look more youthful for longer, they have inherent protection meaning aging is much slower then it would be for lighter skin types. Those with skin type 6 mainly produce all eumelanin and that is very dark and highly effective at blocking UV rays and protecting the skin against UV damage. But it is a common mistake that people with skin types 5/6 no not need sun protection. While darker skin types have less issues with wrinkling and sagging they are more prone to pigmentation, often seen as sun spots or ‘dyschromia’ where their skin is no longer that even brown/black tone and now have developed areas of light or dark patches.
All In All…
I fully believe Protecting your skin at an early age is so, so, SO important! It’s easy, you can literally just start with an SPF in your moisturiser or foundation and there, done. Yes, we all know about the risks of skin cancer as it’s shown everywhere but as I see more and more young’uns hitting the sun beds I think…
‘do you want to look good as you can for as long as you can?’ then cover with high factor, simple.
Honestly I laaaaaav to tan but slow bake is better then a quick fry! I promise you will still tan with sun cream on, just take it easy and you will be a golden goddess/god in no time!
I hope this helped you learn something new today and you found interesting if your a skin geek like me!
If you would like to know more about pigmentation, laser hair removal or chemical peels please let me know in the comments below and I would be more then happy to write up a post!
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