How To Choose Your SPF According To Your Phototype

  • – Phototype 0: skin that burns very easily and should never be exposed (albino, population without melanocytes). SPF 70, protective clothing and sunglasses
  • – Phototype 1: very fair, white skin, blond or red hair, blue or green eyes and freckles appearing quickly on exposure, easily burns in the sun and never tans. Blue or green eyes: Please make sure to wear sunglasses as the UV goes through your eyes also.
  • >> Very high protection required: SPF 50 + sunglasses
  • – Phototype 2: very fair skin which can become tanned, blond or light brown hair, freckles which appear in the sun, burns easily and tans slightly. Blue or green eyes:

>> Very high protection required: SPF 30 (thick coat)+ sunglasses

  • – Phototype 3: medium skin, blond or brown hair, little or no freckle, burns moderately and tans little by little with brown eyes
  • >> high protection or high protection SPF 30
  • – Phototype 4: dark skin, chestnut or brown hair, no freckles, hardly burns and always tans well. (Eva Longoria type) or Asian skin
  • >> Medium or high protection : SPF 30+ Hat


Dark skin: minimum SPF 15 sun protection Admittedly, the high level of melanin in black and mixed-race skin gives you better protection against UV rays,(Built in sunscreen) but this does not completely spare you from the harmful effects of the sun. 

  • – Phototype 5: dark brown skin, naturally pigmented, black hair and eyes: rarely burns and tans a lot.
  • >> Medium or high protection : SPF 30+ Hat


  • – Phototype 6: black skin, black hair and eyes, not burning
  • >> Low protection or medium protection: SPF 15+ Hat


The Exception to the rule for phototype 6

The majority of pigment spots on black and mixed skin are due to an inflammatory phenomenon. Acne, eczema, injuries, hormonal imbalances … will cause inflammation of the skin leading to stimulation of melanin synthesis, which will give more or less dark spots on the skin. We can correct all these spots – or almost – by a thorough treatment that fights against the problem, case by case, at the origin of these spots.

Tip: pair with local anti-dark spot cosmetic treatments to restore uniform color to the skin. In the sun, sun protection is accentuated with an index of 50, no less

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