New UV patch to debut here in July

Sun Protection

New UV patch to debut here in July
Conor Martineditor@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

Irish citizens are not the best for dealing with the, ahem, one heatwave we get a year. As many of us strip off with no consideration for our poor pale-skinned complexions.

A stretchable skin sensor to stop wearers from being sunburned is to be released in July to combat this problem.

The “My UV Patch” from La Roche-Posay, one of L'Oréal Group's skin-care brands detects ultra-violet rays and changes colour to indicate the different levels of sun exposure. The change of colour on the blue and white squares alerts you if you are at risk of being sun burned.

The patch is an easy-to-use transparent adhesive strip that you stick to your skin. It can be worn for up to five days and will be distributed from dermatologists and GPs when it arrives later on this summer.

The patch is simply applied to whatever area of the skin you want to monitor. Then you take a photo of the patch on your smartphones and upload it onto the La Roche-Posay My UV Patch mobile app.

Kevin O’ Hagan, the Irish Cancer Society told The Journal: “It represents a step forward in raising people’s awareness of the dangers of UV exposure and the importance of sun protection.

“It represents a step forward in raising people’s awareness of the dangers of UV exposure and the importance of sun protection,” he said. “It’s important to note that Ireland has the highest recorded incidences of non-melanoma skin cancer and the particular problem is about 75% of the population have fair skin types,” he said.

It was designed by the Irish company PCH International, which specialises in manufacturing products, and was manufactured by L’Oreal Global Technology Incubator. La Roche-Posay is bringing the patch to market.