Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sun Sense

Updated 3/2017 -- photos and all links (except to my own posts) removed as many no longer active. and it was easier than checking each one.

We are past spring breaks and headed toward the end of the school year and summer vacations.  I noticed this product in the April issue of PSP.  (photo credit)
UVSunSense is a wristband that monitors your exposure to sun.  If you and your children have trouble remembering to reapply sunscreen or to just get out of the sun, then this might be just the ticket. 
Even young children can be taught to recognize the color changes the band goes through with exposure to the sun’s UV rays.  You should use only one band a day.  After placing the band around the wrist, apply your sunscreen over your exposed skin AND the band.  The new band will turn a bright purple with exposure to the sun, indicating it has been activated. (photo credit)

When the band fades to light pink, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen on your body and on the band. 
When the band turns pale yellow, it is recommended to cover up or get out of the sun.
The bands are made of recycled plastic.  Recycle them after use.

Related blog posts:
Sun Protection (March 19, 2009)
Melanoma Review (February 25, 2008)
Skin Cancer—Melanoma (December 8, 2008)
Melanoma Skin Screening Is Important (April 29, 2009)
Skin Cancer -- Basal Cell Carcinoma  (December 3, 2008)
Skin Cancer – Squamous Cell Carcinoma  (December 4, 2008)
Moles Should Not Be Treated by Lasers  (July 27, 2009)
Tanning Beds = High Cancer Risk (August 3, 2009)
Skin Cancer (March 24, 2010)


StorytellERdoc said...

Great idea here. REminds me of our radiology techs and their responsibility in wearing radiation exposure tags. One of our best had to avoid x-rays and CTs for a week because of her tag warning her of overexposure. Good thinking on someone's part...

Have a good day, R!

Jabulani said...

Oh I have to get me some of these! My kids are notoriously bad for not using the s/screen I send to school. Right...I wonder if it's available in the UK??? Thanks so much for posting this!

Chrysalis said...

Those are pretty cool. It's easy to forget about sun exposure when you are out doing your summer chores or enjoying a BBQ.