New Wristband Tips Off Sun (Over) Exposure

A. Foley on 15 Aug 2012 at 9:00am


It’s a far too common mistake in summer – falling asleep in the sun, losing track of time, and – BAM – sunburn! It’s not just your surface skin that risks being harmed by those powerful ultraviolet rays (which actually accounts for 90% of the changes associated with aging); too much sun can also pose serious health risks.

According to DailyMail, a Swedish company and Scottish university may have found a preventative measure for sun damage in disposable wristbands. Within the year, it may be as simple as strapping a strip of paper around your wrist to know when enough sun is enough. The wristband has been designed to change color – from yellow to a sunburned pink – as exposure to ultraviolet radiation reaches a certain level of risk, alerting you that it’s time to wrap up your exposure for the day.

The bands will be tailored to different skin types to reflect different tolerance levels. For example, a band for someone with fair hair and light skin will turn pink more quickly than a band for someone with dark coloring. Much more practical than the popular color-changing mood rings of the 90s…


For those who have already been a slave to the sun more than they’d like, here is some information on treatments that topically treat signs of damage:


Do you think this is an effective preventative measure? What’s your sign it’s time to ditch the sun? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


photo credit: dailymail