Love the sun but don’t want to risk skin cancer? Check out these 5 fantastic wearables that work with you to stay safe.
It can feel amazing to soak in the summer sun and catch some heat. You get to stock up on vitamin D and feel the warmth of our big ball of fire flow through your veins. Worrying about sun damage though, can really bring the fiesta to a halt.
What to do? You could hibernate in the mall (if it’s still open these days), or slather on a bunch of SPF 50 sunscreen and call it a day. The trouble is, when you forget to re-apply the lotion in time, you can still go home feeling like an over-ripe tomato, despite your efforts.
For a precise solution to protecting yourself in the sun, check out these 5 wearables that allow you track your UV exposure, get some color, and stay safe.
Made by Netmo, the June bracelet uses sensors to measure your current rate of UV exposure in the sun. You’ll look like you’re sporting some bling with this tech piece, so if style is your guide, this is for you.
June connects to an app on your smartphone which sends out notifications to remind you of when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen and what level of protection to use. It’s all based on your skin type and information that you input when getting started.
Reviewers say June works well, the only drawback is that it isn’t waterproof.
It comes in platinum, gold, and gun metal, with the option to wear it on a leather or silicon strap, or clip it onto your clothing.
CliMate’s miniature plant provides you with the same service as June does, and more.
It can measure the UVI in your environment at any time and tell you when it’s time to re-apply sunscreen, as well as which SPF, to best suit your skin.
Differing from June, CliMate can also be used as a remote cellphone controller and locater, as well as a humidity and temperature monitor.
It’s being called an app-cessory, and comes in a cloud design available in various colors.
If you’re going to be tracking your sun exposure at the beach or by the pool, SunFriend is what you need.
This wearable is waterproof and sporty, and will let you know when to cover up.
One of the great benefits of using SunFriend is that, it’s extremely inclusive. If you’re one of the rare North Americans who doesn’t yet have a smartphone, or maybe you have a phone but you don’t have too much data (or rather use it all rather quickly), you can still use this wearable.
SunFriend is worn on your wrist and lights up flashing when you’ve reached your full sun exposure for the day, no apps needed. Once it does, it’s time to go inside or cover up.
Affordable and useful, SunFriend works with you to ensure you get the sun exposure you need, and no more.
Unlike the other wristbands listed here, SmartSun’s sun band is perfect for moments when you may be traveling and you don’t want to risk losing your wearables or having them stolen.
These UV wristbands are disposable and to be used for one day only. They’re waterproof and will let you know when it’s time to cover up or head back in.
This is by far the most affordable option out there for tracking UV exposure. It’s also one of the simplest. Sure, it’s stretching things a bit to call it a wearable, but it’s true that the Sun Meter UV card is very portable and can be stuck in your pocket and go with you anywhere (of course, you’ll have to take it out for a reading once you get there, but you get the picture).
Bring this card with you to the beach and when it changes from white to dark purple, you know you’ve reached your sun limit.
The beauty of the Sun Meter UV card is that it’s actually quite cheap but you can use it over and over again, unlike the SmartSun UV wristband. Hand it out in your kid’s loot bag at the next birthday party, and keep the whole neighborhood safe.