With cancer awareness perpetually on the rise, the collective urge to protect our skin from damaging rays has increased tenfold right along with it.
Just a few short years ago, achieving an orange-hued glow courtesy of a tanning bed was not only the norm but also the beauty ideal. Because tanning both naturally and unnaturally obviously leads to skin cancer and premature aging, the trend has pretty much died out.
That being said, mastering the perfect sun-protection routine isn't always easy. With everything from SPF serums to chalky lotions on the market, it's hard to know if the measures you've taken and the products you've chosen are actually helping. Fortunately for us, innovators from L'Oreal have come up with a tiny invention that's about to make our lives so much easier.
In January of this year, creators from the L'Oreal Group debuted this tiny, wearable device that measures UV exposure.
My UV Patch is a welcome addition to the wearable tech market. L'Oreal Group's groundbreaking skincare branch, La Roche-Posay, developed the patch in collaboration Technology Incubator.
Users simply download the associated app (which will be available on iOS and Andriod) and apply the patch to dry, exposed skin.
To measure sun exposure, all you have to do is snap a photo of the device through the app. That then relays important information about potential risk factors, and as UV exposure increases, the patch itself changes color. The disposable device will work for five full days.
To learn more about My UV Patch's inception and function, check out the video below.
It's always comforting to know that tech developers are working around the clock to make our lives a little bit easier, and in this case, way safer.
If you'd like to learn more about L'Oreal's innovative design, you can do so here.