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This Wristband Tells You When You've Had Enough Sun

This Wristband Tells You When You've Had Enough Sun

Back in high school, my best friend and I headed to Florida for our Spring Break. Her uncle was a beach cop at the time, and we decided to tag along with him to work one day. How very Baywatch of us. Let's just say that a lack of proper sunscreen protection and a very long day of lounging at the beach was not a good idea. How I wish I had the UVSunSense ($5 for seven) wristband back then, a new form of sun protection that helps prevent overexposure to the sun.

Developed by a nuclear physicist, this wristband measures exposure to the ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight. To use, you must apply an SPF of 15 or higher to your body and the band, as the band adjusts based on the SPF you use.

Like Homeland Security codes for your skin, four color indicators alert you of your sun status: orange, the color of the band when it's removed from the package; purple, which indicates it's been activated in the sun; dark brown, meaning it's time to reapply sunscreen; and salmon, which suggests you've had enough. Bonus? It works in water, so you can swim and float to your heart's delight.

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ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
this sounds so cool. are they reusable? i doubt they are
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
This is SO cool.
addictCLOTHES addictCLOTHES 8 years
That's cool!
d9rlcb d9rlcb 8 years
so genius!
Calimie Calimie 8 years
It's great! It'd be better if the strip could be reused, but it's pretty great either way.
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 8 years
That's cool!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Oh yes this is GREAT, luv it! :)
emalove emalove 8 years
That's a really good idea...I wish I had one of these when I was younger and spent a lot of time in the sun.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
That's pretty awesome, as long as you don't get a tan line from wearing it. lol
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
Fantastic idea - one of those things that makes you think "why didn't someone think of this sooner?"
kaykayelle kaykayelle 8 years
I am the sunscreen police. Now I will have something to back me up when I tell everyone to reapply. Perfect. Need it.
FshLover09 FshLover09 8 years
thats amazing!! i need to get that!!
weffie weffie 8 years
zzzendiana, i imagine it'd still work if you just leave it beside you on your towel or mat, as long as it's getting the same amount of sun you are and not hiding in your shadow
anacaloren anacaloren 8 years
I really like this idea because I have a hard time remembering when to re-apply sunblock when I'm on the beach. But how do you keep it from giving you an untanned stripe on your wrist? I guess you'd have to keep switching it around.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
These are a very cool idea.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
It's a great idea and although I agree about the recycling, I see the importance, so I really want them.
Elizabeth1981 Elizabeth1981 8 years
These are ingenious!
weffie weffie 8 years
neat idea, but it would be better if they were reusable. what are they made of? can they at least be recycled?
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Very clever.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
That sounds cool.
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 8 years
such a great idea! i must have!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So neat!
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
This is a cool idea. Where to buy?
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
thats pretty awesome, i know a few people who could use one of these
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