A day in the sun is always fun until you’re suffering from a bad sunburn or dehydration. It is times like these that you probably wish you had someone to remind you to reapply your sun block or tell you it’s time to get out of the sun. Now, thanks to UVSunSense Wristbands, you can have that reminder.
UVSunSense Wristbands aren’t Silly Bandz; they’re actually smart bands. The band is simply worn on your wrist while you’re in the sun. Strap on the band, apply sunscreen to your body and over the wristband, and then enjoy your time in the sun. The wristbands are formulated to work with SPF 15 or higher and will change color when it is time for the wearer to reapply sunscreen or get out of the sun. UVSunSense wristbands can be used in fresh water, salt water, and even chlorinated water, so whether you’re in a lake, ocean, or pool you’ll still get the same protection. They’ll even work in the shower to give an accurate reading after outdoor activities in the sun. [$6.98 for a pack of seven, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
Oh, Europe: Land of health care, sexy accents, and skinny people. Another thing they’ve got going for them that we don’t? Superior sunscreen. Apparently, many sun protection products sold in the United States only guard the skin from ultraviolet B rays (UVB). When you’re browsing lotions for a high SPF, do you actually know what that means? Here in the States, it stands for sun protection factor, which gauges a product’s effectiveness only against these UVB rays (which can be responsible for skin cancer and wrinkles), but might not tell you how well it protects the skin from UVA rays, reports The New York Times. In Europe, many sunscreens contain a UVA-blocking ingredient called Tinosorb M, which is unapproved in America. Keep reading »
Great. Just as we had stocked up on all the necessary sun protection supplies for the season, we hear this incredibly disturbing news. An environmental organization claims that “almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.” The same group also concluded in a study that several of the well-known sunscreen brands out there contain “oxybenzone, a chemical shown in laboratory studies to release a reactive form of oxygen that can actually be skin-cancer contributing.”
Um, who are we supposed to believe now? If this is true, then our options are none too appealing: 1) Skip sunscreen, get burned, risk cancer, 2) Slap on the SPF 70, avoid burn, still get cancer, or 3) Become a vampire. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »