Test for identifying your skin phototype Test for identifying your skin phototype

It is important to know what type of skin, or phototype, you have in order to determine the level of sunscreen that is right for you. 

If you are not sure what yours is, find out with this test from the Cantabria Ministry of Health.

 

  1. What is the natural color of your skin when it is not tan?

___ 0 > Reddish, white

___ 2 > White, cream-colored

___ 4 > Cream-colored

___ 8 > Light brown

___12 > Dark brown

___16 > Black

 

  1. What is your natural hair color?

___ 0 > Red, light blonde

___ 2 > Blonde, light brown

___ 4 > Brown

___ 8 > Dark brown

___12 > Black-brown

___16 > Black

 

  1. What is your eye color?

___ 0 > Light blue, light green, light grey

___ 2 > Shades of blue, green and grey

___ 4 > Greyish, light brown

___ 8 > Brown

___12 > Dark brown

___16 > Black

 

  1. How many freckles does your body naturally have when you are not tan?

___ 0 > A lot

___ 2 > Several

___ 4 > A few

___ 8 > None

 

  1. What category best describes your genetic heritage?

___ 0 > White with very white skin

___ 2 > White with light skin

___ 4 > White with olive skin (Mediterranean)

___ 8 > Middle East, Indian, Asian, Hispanic-American

___12 > Indigenous, African, Afro-American

 

  1. What best describes how likely you are to BURN after being exposed to the sun for one hour in the summer?

___ 0 > I always burn and can never get tan

___ 2 > I burn occasionally, but can get a light tan

___ 4 > I burn occasionally, but can get a moderate tan

___ 8 > I never burn and can easily get tan

___10 > I rarely get burned and get dark tans

___12 > I never burn

 

  1. What best describes your ability to TAN?

___ 0 > I can never tan

___ 2 > I can get a light tan

___ 4 > I can get moderate tan

___ 8 > I can get a dark tan

Add the points from your previous seven answers to determine your total score and see what skin type it corresponds to in the list below.

 

 

SCORE FOR SKIN TYPES

0-7 SKIN TYPE I Very sensitive to sunlight

8-21 SKIN TYPE II Sensitive to sunlight

22-42 SKIN TYPE III Sensitivity to sunlight is normal

43-68 SKIN TYPE IV Skin can tolerate sunlight

69-84 SKIN TYPE V Dark skin. Highly tolerant

+85 SKIN TYPE VI Black skin. Very high tolerance

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