AN electronic patch has been designed to measure UV exposure. The My UV Patch has been launched by L’Oréal in Australia and can be worn for five days.
The aim of the product is to educate the wearer about their sun behaviour and it is used in conjunction with an app. It helps people to become more sun savvy and increase their awareness of their own exposure to the dangerous rays of the sun.
The company said it is ‘first-of-its-kind’ technology with the patch working through the use of photosensitive dyes which change colour when exposed to UV radiation. The app takes into account a wearer’s hair and eye colour, UV sensitivity, location and ozone concentration.
The My UV Patch is available at 800 participating pharmacies around Australia and from selected dermatologists. Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer and melanoma worldwide, and is projected to be the fourth most common cancer in Australia this year.