Skin type Skin color
(other common descriptors)
Sun exposure effects Recommended sunscreen SPF
I White
(Celtic or albino, freckles common)
Always burns, never tans. 30+
II Light
(European)
Always burns, rarely tans. 30+
III Light-intermediate or beige
(dark European)
Sometimes burns, sometimes tans. 15+
IV Olive or beige with brown tint
(Mediterranean)
Tans easily, burns less. 15+
V Brown Tans easily, rarely burns. 15+
VI Black Does not burn. 15+
Table 4: Know Your Skin Type and Select the Right Sunscreen.