Are Connected Devices the Future of Sun Protection?

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If you spend quite a bit of time in the sun, or if you have sun-sensitive skin, your world is about to be rocked. In an attempt to encourage safer sun behaviour, La Roche-Posay has launched their new My UV Patch. It’s the first ever wearable, stretchable skin sensor that’s able to monitor UV exposure and, via its connection to a smartphone app, advise on the most appropriate way to stay protected. By scanning the patch with the app, you can keep a regular check on just how high your UV exposure levels are. Taking into account your unique skin tone, the app educates you on the amount of UV exposure your skin is receiving and offer tips on sun-safe behaviour (like telling you when to reapply sunscreen and making product recommendations).

How does it work?

The waterproof, heart-shaped stretchable sensor can be worn anywhere on the body but is best suited on the hand or the wrist. As the photosensitive dyes within the patch are exposed to UV rays, they change colour. This colour change is then quantified by the app (for iOS and Android, called My UV Patch) and the personal UV dose is calculated. The app takes into account your unique skin tone and provides unique personal UV exposure information. 

Where can I get a My UV Patch?

Available whilst stocks last, from the month of October 2017, free with the purchase of any La Roche-Posay Anthelios product  through Dermastore or Skinmiles and select DisChem pharmacies

In South Africa, we’re always exposed to some sort of sun exposure and this unique little patch teaches you to play safe in the sun, to minimise sun burn with the intuitive app to monitor sun exposure in real-time. I think it’s such a needed product, as we aren’t very sun savvy and over-exposure to UV radiation can cause skin pigmentation issues, photo-aging and even skin cancer. If you’re eager to learn more about this innovative product, go here.