Thursday, 11 May 2017

La Roche-Posay UV Patch


Last summer la Roche-Posay launched their UV patch but after a global trial and a few adaptations, they have finally released their 2017 improved version.

 What is the UV patch?

 It is a transparent sticker that moves and flexes with your skin. You can place it on any area of the body that is exposed to UV although it works best on the back of the hand.
 It contains photosensitive dyes, which change colour when exposed to UV rays, which indicate the level of sun exposure you are receiving.

The patch works alongside a free app that you need to download to your smartphone.

The app will ask you a few questions such as your skin tone, eye colour, sun protection type that you are currently using (you can wear your SPF over the top of the patch) and your location. It then collates this information and uses it to assess your risk of UV damage.

You can select a character on the app to deliver the information to you, which is always a bit of fun if you are using it with your children. 

You scan the app over your patch and it will let you know if you are safe in the sun and if you need to top up your SPF. The app will guide you on the best La Roche-Posay sun cream to use to suit your needs.

Is the patch useful?

Absolutely. If you are concerned about your personal sun exposure or that of your children then it is a great tool to encourage the use of sun cream and also remind you when you need to top up your sun protection. It makes you totally more aware of the sun on your skin and gives you a bit of a kick up the bum to ensure you are adequately protecting your precious skin.

The sticker can be worn up to 5 days and adheres well. Sun cream can be worn on top of it and it is waterproof and sand proof, making it great for use on your family holiday.
 The only negative for me was the size. It’s not huge but I do wish it were a little smaller and more discreet. Children will love it and will be keen to scan their patch to see if they need an SPF top up. They just need to resist peeling it off!

The best thing about the UV Patch is that it is free!! You can add your name to the waiting list to receive your patch here.



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