Thursday, 14 April 2011

Asian skin won't burn that easily

Often, we are envious of the beautiful features Caucasians have.
Look at the Hollywood celebrities and their deep set, sparkling blue-green eyes and sharp features which most of us Asians can never dream of owning unless we pay a hefty sum to the plastic surgeon.

I was browsing the net the other day, reading up on sun damage and protection.


And this article by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy caught my eye.

Knowing your skin type helps and can aid in preventing possible sun damage before its too late.
There are apparently several skin type groups and some burn easily with high risk of skin cancer whereas there those such as Asian skin that are on the other end of the scale.

So what skin type do you belong to? Let's say what Ms Murphy says:

"Type 1 skin is porcelain white. Type 1 always burns and never tans. This type skin has the highest risk of skin cancer and wrinkles more readily that other types. Most Type 1 skin owners will have red or pale blonde hair, be blue-eyed, have freckles, and be of Irish, Scots, or Welsh ancestry.

Type 2 skin is light or fair but burns easily. Type 2 skin can tan lightly with repeated exposure to the sun but still carries a high risk for skin cancer. Hair is usually fair and eyes are often blue. Most have a Northern European heritage.

Type 3 skin is still white but darker. Many of those with Type 3 skin are a racial blend and some Native Americans. Their skin sometimes burns and may tan to a light bronze but risk for skin cancer remains higher than average.

Skin Types With Less Risk

Type 4 skin tans easily and less commonly burns. Most Type 4 skin people will be of a Middle Eastern, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or light complected African-American background. Hispanics and Asians with Type 4 skin are lighter than many others of their race. Risk exists but is minimal.

Type 5 skin is darker and never burns. Darker toned Hispanics, Islanders, and many Asians have Type 5 skin. These have very little risk of skin cancer.

Type 6 skin is dark. Most Type 6 skins have an African ancestry. Skin never burns and skin cancer among this group is very rare.

All skin types, however, can benefit from sun protection lotions. Lighter skinned groups should use a sun screen with an SPF of at least 15."

I guess most of us fall under the Skin Type 4 & 5, it is indeed comforting in some way.
But we should not take this for granted and always remember to use sunblock!
For my review entries on Sunblocks I've tried, please CLICK HERE  & HERE :)

1 comment:

Erika@PlaceboLife said...

we don't burn easily that's true, but for me freckles tend to show up after a tanning session :p

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