We all know that being in the Sun for too long can be quite dangerous and looking after yourself and protecting your skin is very important. I do my best to look after my skin but sometimes i don't always reapply my suncream as often as i should. So when i was asked if I'd like to try the Sun Smart UV Wristbands*, i figured it would be the perfect opportunity to really test them out whilst i was away.
First things first, I'm aware these photos aren't so great - i took the wristbands on holiday with me and on the day i took them down to test them out, i forgot to take my camera down so had to make do with my Iphone.
The Sun Smart UV Wristbands* have been designed to give you a indicator for when you've been in the sun too long. An unused wristband starts off yellow, turns beige when it's time to reapply your sun cream and pink when it's time to cover up and avoid the sun.
I think the concept behind these wristbands is brilliant; there are never any guarantees when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun so these wristbands are a great way to get an indication of how much you've been exposed to. Whilst they're suitable for everyone to use regardless of age or gender; i think that they're especially great for children - on holiday, they are drawn to the pool and usually spend most of the day in there making it difficult to know just how protected they are, not to mention i think the wristbands would give parents some peace of mind knowing that they've got an indicator when they've been in the sun too long.
I was sent two wristbands; both myself and my sister wore one and after a little while the yellow did change to beige and then onto pink so they definitely work. Each wristband has one day use, they're comfortable to wear and can be adjusted to fit you. They can also be used in water (both salt and chlorinated water) and can be used in combination with any sunscreen too. I'm someone who doesn't really know the limits when it comes to being in the sun and usually always end up with sunburn at some point on holiday so i really liked having something to indicate when it was time to reapply my sun cream or to get out of the sun for a bit.
It makes me sad to say that despite how brilliant the concept is; there was a few things that kind of niggled me about them. Firstly; I'm not a fan of the design of them, i know that may seem a bit irrelevant when there purpose is far more important but i was constantly one edge in case i ripped it. However, my main issue with these is that i think that only being able to use the wristband for one day is a bit impractical; most people go on holiday between 7-14 days and one pack of 5 wristbands costs £4.99, if it's a family holiday that's going to get quite expensive and i think it would put people off buying them.
Regardless of that, i do think these are a brilliant idea and we sometimes forgot how important it is to stay safe in the sun.
What are your thoughts of the Sun Smart UV Wristbands?
*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.