Do you know how much UV exposure your skin is getting?

Do you know how much UV exposure is the suggested daily limit?

Do you know when you need to top up your sunscreen?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions then read on. You will probably be as excited about this newly launched technological innovation, the My UV Patch, as I am! 

La Roche-Posay's My UV Patch & Anthelios Sunscreens
La Roche-Posay’s My UV Patch & Anthelios Sunscreens
Having suffered from a malignant melanoma which required surgery to remove not only the melanoma, but also the surrounding tissue, making my leg look as though it has had a shark bite taken out of it, I am now very careful with ensuring I apply sunscreen on a daily basis.

But even so, prior to using My UV Patch, developed in L’Oreal’s Technology Incubator in the US under scientist Guive Balooch, I could not say that I was either aware of how much UV exposure my skin was actually getting nor how much the suggested daily limit was.

Hence why I am so excited about La Roche-Posay’s My UV Patch!

My UV Patch is the most exciting, educative and practical beauty industry technological innovation I have seen!

It looks like cute blue heart sticker but it is so much more scientific, high tech and useful than that!

La Roche Posay's My UV Patch
La Roche Posay’s My UV Patch

 

It is the first flexible, ultra-thin and connectable UV sensor designed to measure sun exposure. 

It is a wearable electronic device, the size of a fifty cent coin and just half the thickness of an average strand of hair! It is designed to be worn for up to five days. 

Yes, you can sleep, exercise, swim and shower with this patch on, while applying your sun protection over it enabling you to measure your UV exposure in real time.

I found the patch easy and comfortable to wear. It moved and wrinkled with my skin and didn’t feel like I was even wearing it! 

Wearing the My UV Patch 
Wearing the My UV Patch
The patch works through the use of photosensitive dyes, which change colour when exposed to UV radiation, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the My UV Patch app which you can download free onto your phone.
My UV Patch Phone App
My UV Patch Phone App

 

The app informs you of the weather and UV conditions in your location, how your behaviour is rated sun safe-wise, how much UV exposure you have had and how much of your ‘daily sunstock’ is remaining.  


The app takes into account your hair and eye colour, UV sensitivity, GPS location and ozone concentration, which is a significant factor especially for Australian users. How clever is that!

The app is a great reminder to reapply your sun screen and the La Roche-Posay Anthelios range of sunscreens offer the highest level of UVA/UVB sun protection. 

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light Sunscreen

 

My UV Patch is a great way to educate yourself about your UV exposure. It is not something you need to wear forever. After using a patch for 5 days you will know your typical UV exposure levels and the sun safe behaviour required to protect yourself.


My UV Patch is such an exciting innovation with the ability to educate us and prevent more of us from suffering with skin cancer. 

I was lucky in that my malignant melanoma was detected and treated early. A lot of others have not been so lucky. 12000 Australians die from melanoma every year! 

Based on my personal experiences I am a passionate advocate of sun safety and I want to encourage everyone to be sun safe. Be vigilant! Be aware of the amount of UV exposure you are receiving! Apply sunscreen as required and please stay sun safe! 

My UV Patch is available free from participating dermatologists to assist educate their patients. 

For a limited time it is also available free with the purchase of La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen products from more than 800 pharmacies Australia-wide and also online. This is while stocks last so I encourage you to hurry so you don’t miss out.

Whether you are exposed to UV when you walk the dog, commute to work, on weekends outdoors with friends, in the playground with your kids or on the job I encourage you all to get your hands on one of these My UV Patches and actively educate yourself on the level of your daily UV exposure. Arming yourself with this personalised information can significantly help you take steps to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. 

Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world! This isn’t a world record we want! Let’s all actively increase our knowledge, take action and decrease the incidence of skin cancer in Australia! 

Click HERE to buy La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light 50ml.

Click HERE to buy La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Nutritive Oil SPF 50+.

The My UV Patch phone app is free to download.

Click on these links to read more articles on sun safety including: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid & How Much Sunscreen Do You Need To Use?

I’d love you to share this post on your social media accounts to help increase sun safety and UV awareness and help prevent other people going through the malignant melanoma dramas I went through. The share buttons are on the left hand side of this post 🙂

Are you vigilant about sun safety?

Are you aware of how much UV exposure your skin experienced today?

xxx

Ingrid.

 

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The photographed La Roche-Posay products were kindly gifted to me.
I was under no obligation to write a blog post about them but did so due to my own personal experiences with malignant melanoma. 
All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.

36 comments on “My UV Patch – La Roche-Posay – Measuring Your Daily UV Exposure”

  1. What a fantastic read!! We have quite the history of skin cancers in our family and even though my Mum and I get our mole check every 12 months and try to stay as sun smart as possible, it's still easy to miss changes. Being able to know your UV exposure is just genius and I am definitely going to share this and go out and get myself one! I can't wait to try it, thank you!!

  2. I'd be interested in wearing one of those patches. While I do apply sunscreen to me and the kids if we are spending a fair bit of time outside, I probably don't do it as often as I should, or on days when I don't think I need to. Timely reminder as the weather warms up (finally in my neck of the woods!)

  3. This is incredible! What an innovation and great idea. I must admit I'm not great at applying sunscreen. My face always breaks out (with all the ones I've tried), but I've discovered make-up with 30+ that I can wear. My body only gets it if I'm at the beach or somewhere like that. I'm not outside much though unless I'm on holidays as most of my days are spent working inside and if I go for a walk it's much later in the day at twilight. I'm interested in the La Roche brand after reading this…. my skin has always given me trouble. 12000 per year is way too many…. any is too many. I'm so glad your experience with melanoma turned out okay in the end. x

  4. This is a great idea! Especially in summer. WHen the UV index is so high you can easily get skin damage without thinking as those little periods in the sun all add up quickly!

  5. Wow – what a brilliant idea! My sister just recently had two moles removed and got the news they are early stage Melanoma. She has to go back to have more removed. Thank God it's early stage and she gets her skin checked regularly. I really, really need to get my skin checked!

  6. This is such a great development, I will be keeping an eye out for this. I hate getting burnt so any tool that can assist in avoiding it, I'm down! Does it also repel mozzies?

  7. This is a great idea as I don't get a lot of sun – compared to most people. My legs are lily white… however… my arms and neckline are very freckly. A lot of that is old damage but it's the incidental exposure now that worries me – as I'm driving or even just briefly walking somewhere.

  8. Oh what a good idea! My dad has recently completed radiotherapy for skin cancer so we are all being even more sunsafe than usual. Except for my son who went to his school event with sunblock yesterday and ran out of it to top himself up during the day because he sprayed all his friends instead!

  9. Wow, I had no idea something like this existed or thinking about my UV exposure except to constantly apply sunscreen as I get burnt very easily. May have to look into these thanks Ingrid!

  10. Wow this sounds so interesting. I always try and wear sunscreen everyday but it would be so interesting to see exactly how high the UV is around me when I'm doing day to day activities.

  11. Well these sound fun and so useful. Sorry to hear you have had this issue in the past. It must have been a shock and very painful.
    I do wear sunscreen every day and have done since I was a teen. I am very sunsmart.
    The sunscreens sound great.

  12. My mum has lupus and is really sensitive to UV – when it's hight, it can send her into a massive flare. She's been using La Roche products for years and swears by them and her skin is fabulous. She keeps reminding (or nagging) me to try them too, so this post is very timely!

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