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.
I also don’t solely rely on sunscreen but also use a beach tent or beach umbrella for extra shelter from the damaging sunlight at the beach.

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. 

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 from the La Roche-Posay Anthelios range. 

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.
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.

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