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At Tan Unique, we want you to know that your skin care is our highest priority. Our knowledgeable staff go above and beyond to make sure that your tanning routine is the best fit for you and your skin type. Do you have particularly sensitive skin? No problem! Here’s what you need to know:


There are many different skin types. Knowing which one you fall under is the first step in planning a tanning regimen that’s right for you. The Fitzpatrick Scale is used by most dermatologists in order to classify someone’s skin type.

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This system was first developed in 1975 by Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick of Harvard Medical School. This method of classification judges a person’s skin type by their sensitivity to UV light and their skin tone. Type I and II are the most sensitive skin types, with Type I skin being more likely to burn than tan.

This doesn’t mean that people with sensitive skin can’t tan! Your skin type determines just how long you should be exposed to UV rays. It’s recommended that people with sensitive skin start at the lowest point of exposure (2-3 minutes your fist time) and work your way up by 1-2 minute intervals. Slow and steady is the best way to protect sensitive skin!

You should also be careful to use skin care products that will not irritate your skin. For example, tingle tanning lotions are not recommended for people with sensitive skin. Spray tanning and self-tanning products are also an option!


Photosensitivity is a skin condition that causes you to be extremely sensitive to UV rays. Photosensitivity is often confused with sensitive skin types. However, while they are very similar, the biggest difference between them is that Skin Types I and II occur naturally, while photosensitivity can be caused by various medications, certain cosmetics, or as a symptom of a greater problem.

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Photosensitivity can even be caused by eating certain foods! Some common foods that cause mild photosensitivity are: lime, celery, artichokes, carrots, figs, mustard, and more. If you think your medication could be the source of a UV allergy, you should contact your doctor immediately. Always double check to see if any medications you’re taking warn about photosensitivity. For more information about the causes of photosensitivity visit the FDA’s website:


We want you to get the best possible tan out of your sessions. Our friendly staff is always at the ready with customizable programs that are just right for any skin type. We make sure to take extra precautions with sensitive skin types. Our salon has 30 years of experience perfecting the ultimate customizable skin care routine. Even if you’ve been tanning for years, there’s always room for improvement! Let our experience go towards getting you started on your ideal bronze glow!


Don’t trust your sensitive skin with just anybody! Call us at 479-785-1185 to set up an appointment or come visit us today. Make sure to check out Tan Unique’s exclusive deals on our Specials page!

4516 Rogers Avenue Suite B1 & B2
Fort Smith, AR


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday: CLOSED