We all know that Scandinavians have a reputation for being the most beautiful people in the world.
From Heidi Klum to Sofia Vergara, these women are always flawlessly tanned and bronzed.
But what is it about their culture that makes them so good at getting such amazing sun-kissed skin? It turns out there’s more than one reason why Scandinavians tan well, including genetics and lifestyle choices.
Experts say that the complexion of Scandinavian people is due to genetic factors like fair skin tones, high levels of melanin (pigment) production, low numbers of fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen), and less ochreous or yellowish pigments in the skin cells.
Scandinavians also have more melanin than their other European western neighbors – like the British and Irish. This means that they can tan more easily and have a natural sun-kissed glow, even when they’re not wearing sunscreen.
These features make Scandinavians tan so well, even when they only spend a short amount of time in the sun.
Lifestyle choices also play a role in Scandinavian tans. Scandinavians are typically very active and outdoorsy people, which means they get plenty of sun exposure.
They also eat healthy diets with lots of fruits and vegetables, which provide them with the nutrients they need to produce melanin.
Ethnicities That Tan Easily
There are many different cultures and races in Europe, so it is difficult to say what exactly makes a person more likely to tan than another. However, there are some groups which seem to have an easier time with sun exposure without breaking out in a rash or getting burned as quickly as others.
Some ethnicities that are known to tan easily include;
- Northern Russians,
- Northern Germans
- Those living near the Mediterranean Sea.
While genetic differences between these groups may account for some variations in their ability to tan easily, there are many other factors that also influence it.
Factors that include like genetics, a person’s ancestry, skin type, hair color, cultural influences, and even clothing choice can all play a role in how easily someone tans.
In the end, it’s hard to say why some people tan better than others. But it seems that Scandinavians have a combination of factors – genetic and lifestyle – that make them some of the best tanners.
Do you tan differently in different countries
Tanning is a popular summer activity, but it’s important to know how the UV index varies in different countries.
For example, if you’re living in Australia and plan to take a vacation in Japan, you’ll need to adjust your tanning regimen accordingly. The Japanese sun will be much stronger than Australian sunlight so you’ll need more time in between sessions and wear sunscreen every day even if the weather is cloudy.
Extended exposure to sunlight in countries like Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and southern Europe can also influence your tan. So if you’re originally from a country with a high UV index, such as Russia or India, make sure to take precautions when tanning in a country with a lower UV index
It’s also important to be aware that the UV index can vary depending on the time of day. The early morning and late afternoon sun tend to have the highest UV levels, so it’s best to avoid tanning during these times.
Other factors such as altitude also play into how quickly your skin tans because ultraviolet rays can’t penetrate through thick layers of clouds or pollution like they do when there are no obstructions at all.
At the end of the day, you should always wear sunscreen when in direct sunlight for any extended period of time.
Which country gives you the best tan?
Some countries where you get the best tan include Spain, Portugal, and Greece. In these countries the sun is very strong but it isn’t scorching hot like in some other places.
The gentle warmth of the Mediterranean sun allows you to get a subtle tan that gradually darkens your skin over time
Other countries include,
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)
The important thing when tanning is that you know you are doing it safely. Using suncream and staying in the shade during the hottest hours are both essential for a healthy sun tan.
So, whichever country you choose to get your tan from, make sure to take some sensible precautions!