Monday, 7 November 2016

My UV Patch - La Roche-Posay - Measuring Your Daily UV Exposure

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

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.

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

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 

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

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

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. 

For a limited time it is also available free with the purchase of La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen products from more than 800 pharmacies Australia-wide and also online. This is while stocks last so I encourage you to hurry so you don't miss out.

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 La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light 50ml.

Click HERE to buy La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Nutritive Oil SPF 50+.

The My UV Patch phone app is free to download.

P.S. You might also be interested in reading: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid

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.

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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. 
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86 comments:

  1. My mum has lupus and is really sensitive to UV - when it's hight, it can send her into a massive flare. She's been using La Roche products for years and swears by them and her skin is fabulous. She keeps reminding (or nagging) me to try them too, so this post is very timely!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that about your mum! I'm glad she has found products that work for her and allow her to avoid developing massive flare ups.

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  2. What a brilliant concept! I am ok with applying sunscreen - but almost always forget to reapply - leaving me worrying later in the day about UV - great post xx

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    1. Thanks Josefa! I totally agree about the My UV Patch being brilliant! It's great for reminding me to reapply my sunscreen.

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  3. Wow! How clever is that!!! And so reasonably priced too. I'm very good at applying sunscreen on the girls, but not as vigilant myself. This is a great idea.

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    1. It is a clever idea and you can't get much cheaper than free with purchase! I don't think we realise how much 'incidental' UV exposure we get through out the day just doing our normal day to day activities!

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  4. My skin is terrible, so I'd say too much - interesting idea.

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    1. It would be interesting to know for sure by using the My UV Patch!

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  5. I saw these patches recently at a Soul Pattinson in Sydney (the one in Pitt St Mall) & thought it was a great concept. I think I need to get one of those, given my own history of skin cancer. Might be a good chance to try out La Roche Posay's sunscreens too!

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    1. It is a great concept Shell! Definitely try one of these patches! You'd be surprised how much UV exposure we all get in Australia!

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  6. Well these sound fun and so useful. Sorry to hear you have had this issue in the past. It must have been a shock and very painful.
    I do wear sunscreen every day and have done since I was a teen. I am very sunsmart.
    The sunscreens sound great.

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    1. Thanks Jody. It was a long time ago when I was in my twenties but I am very sun safe now as a result, as are my kids.

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  7. Wow this is very interesting on how this little patch works! Thank you for the insight x

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    1. It's amazing how scientific such a cute little heart can be!

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  8. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. #teamIBOT

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    1. It will be interesting to see what sort of other wearable electronics will be introduced in the future too!

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  9. Well this is all a bit fancy! What a nifty idea.

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    1. Cute and scientific at the same time, and provides valuable info!

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  10. I need to get this for my youngest daughter. She is always forgetting to reapply the sunscreen when she is out and coming home sun burnt.

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    1. It would help her realise how much exposure to UV she is getting.

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  11. Oh wow this is an amazing idea. I'm terrible at applying sunscreen but this really needs to change. This might be the kick up the bum I need xx

    Jasmine / sweetaholic-beauty.com

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    1. Be vigilant in the sun Jasmine! I wasn't and I paid for it, although I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones as I was treated early.

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  12. This is one of the most innovative products I have even seen. I love the idea of this UV patch. Great post.

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    1. Thanks Kels. Wearable technology is definitely an innovative type of product that I think we will be seeing more of in the future.

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  13. This sounds amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on one I'm constantly worrying about sun exposure!

    www.phillippabeauty.com

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    1. If you're worried about sun exposure this app is brilliant!

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  14. Seriously such an intriguing product but one that's so helpful. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?!

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    1. Isn't that the way with all brilliant and innovative ideas - we all say why didn't someone think of that before?!

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  15. Mel that's clever! I have an app on my phone but it doesn't give such a true indication.

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    1. It's a wonder no one has developed this before! It's such a great idea and so practical and personalised!

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  17. Wow this sounds so interesting. I always try and wear sunscreen everyday but it would be so interesting to see exactly how high the UV is around me when I'm doing day to day activities.

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    1. You can apply sunscreen over the top of the patch as if it's your skin and then have the patch and app measure how much UV you are actually getting exposed to taking your sunscreen into consideration.

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  18. Omg this is amazing. I've never seen anything like this. What a good idea 🙌

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  19. Great post! I'm so intrigued by all this stuff now and really interested to try them out!

    Elley xxx
    www.elleymae.com

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    1. I'm intrigued by how such a simple and cute looking sticker can monitor UV but somehow it does work! Definitely try one of these patches.

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  20. As a sun-loving, but skin-cancer-scared QLDer, I think I need to get one of these patches! Thanks for the nudge, Ingrid!

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    1. I'm happy to do a bit of nudging and raise awareness of this My UV Patch in the hope that it will increase sun safety and UV awareness and help reduce the incidence of skin cancer in Australia!

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  21. Wow, I can't believe how far technology has come! It's amazing how many different factors this innovation takes into account. How clever!

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    1. It is clever isn't it! It's hard to believe such a cute blue sticker is actually so scientific!

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  22. Wow, I had no idea something like this existed or thinking about my UV exposure except to constantly apply sunscreen as I get burnt very easily. May have to look into these thanks Ingrid!

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    1. If only everyone constantly reapplied their sun screen!

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  23. Oh what a good idea! My dad has recently completed radiotherapy for skin cancer so we are all being even more sunsafe than usual. Except for my son who went to his school event with sunblock yesterday and ran out of it to top himself up during the day because he sprayed all his friends instead!

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    1. Sorry to hear about your dad but glad you are all now being more sun safe than usual!

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  24. This is a great idea as I don't get a lot of sun - compared to most people. My legs are lily white... however... my arms and neckline are very freckly. A lot of that is old damage but it's the incidental exposure now that worries me - as I'm driving or even just briefly walking somewhere.

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    1. I think our incidental exposure is more than people realise hence why these patches are so useful and informative! If we're going to the beach or swimming people are normally good with sunscreen, but driving for long distances with the sun coming in the window people tend to forget to apply the sunscreen.

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  25. Wow - that's awesome Ingrid! I'll be looking for the UV patches. I lost my Dad to melanoma and I've had major skin cancers removed too, so it's definitely a product for me - Thanks! :D #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sorry to hear about your Dad and that you have had major skin cancers removed too! Skin cancer affects so many of us! We need to try and change this, hence this blog post!

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  26. LOVE this idea Ingrid - it's pure genius! X

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    1. It's great for Queenslanders with their outdoors and beachy lifestyles!

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  27. What a brilliant concept. I'm definitely going to buy one. We need to be so careful in Australia. #teamlovinlife

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    1. I'm glad I've encouraged you to get a My UV Patch. I really believe improved knowledge about our UV exposure levels will result in increased sun safety and less skin cancers being developed. L'Oreal and La-Roche-Posay's innovation will hopefully help reduce the rate of skin cancer in Australia!

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  28. Fantastic, what a good idea. I didn't know you'd had a melanoma, a friend of mine has a sharkbite looking scar too, terrifying. Great innovation.

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    1. I don't mention it too often but it is the reason why I am always happy to write sun screen and sun safety related blog posts. A few people have believed me when I have told them huge whoppers about my great shark escape! Sometimes I can't help myself - lol!

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  29. This is such a great development, I will be keeping an eye out for this. I hate getting burnt so any tool that can assist in avoiding it, I'm down! Does it also repel mozzies?

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    1. Maybe you can suggest that to the La Roche-Posay scientists! It could be a totally multi-tasking patch! Lol!

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  30. I love the sound of this, it is so clever. I really need to get my hands on one of these!

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    1. If you want to try one of these My UV Patches then make sure you get one now whilst you can still get it free with the purchase of the sunscreen.

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  31. Wow - what a brilliant idea! My sister just recently had two moles removed and got the news they are early stage Melanoma. She has to go back to have more removed. Thank God it's early stage and she gets her skin checked regularly. I really, really need to get my skin checked!

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    1. Better to be safe than sorry! Don't put it off, make an appointment this week before you forget to do it.

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    1. It's very clever and useful! Hopefully it will help raise our awareness of the risks of UV and help encourage us to adopt more sunsafe practices!

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  33. This is a great idea! Especially in summer. WHen the UV index is so high you can easily get skin damage without thinking as those little periods in the sun all add up quickly!

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    1. The incidental times when we are exposed to UV including when we drive our car or commute to work, go out to buy our lunch, do the school pick up, take our kids to the park etc etc add up to be significant.

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  34. Wow, that's really smart, and I'm a sucker for anything that I can track with an app!

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    1. What ever did we do in the days before smart phones?! Our smart phones have so many great uses, this one included!

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  35. This product is actually so smart! I love it ;) x

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    1. It's a very clever and innovative product!

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  36. This is incredible! What an innovation and great idea. I must admit I'm not great at applying sunscreen. My face always breaks out (with all the ones I've tried), but I've discovered make-up with 30+ that I can wear. My body only gets it if I'm at the beach or somewhere like that. I'm not outside much though unless I'm on holidays as most of my days are spent working inside and if I go for a walk it's much later in the day at twilight. I'm interested in the La Roche brand after reading this.... my skin has always given me trouble. 12000 per year is way too many.... any is too many. I'm so glad your experience with melanoma turned out okay in the end. x

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    1. I totally agree Linda that "any are too many" especially when there are preventative steps we can all take to reduce our risk of developing melanomas. I was definitely one of the lucky ones. thanks for reading and commenting.
      Ingrid x

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  37. I answered no to all those questions. Not good! I wear sunscreen but I'm not good at reapplying it though. This invention sounds amazing!

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  38. I've been fortunate with my 66 years living with this skin of mine which got sunburnt as a teen, saw many hours of playground duty in western NSW heat with no hat and so on. I do see a skin specialist every 2 years and so far only bits n pieces burnt off as needed. You sound like a very sun aware person and for the scary reason you mention. This sounds like a wonderful initiative. Thanks for sharing and linking up today. Denyse #lifethisweek

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    1. You've been lucky! It's good you are having regular checkups now.

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  39. I'd be interested in wearing one of those patches. While I do apply sunscreen to me and the kids if we are spending a fair bit of time outside, I probably don't do it as often as I should, or on days when I don't think I need to. Timely reminder as the weather warms up (finally in my neck of the woods!)

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    1. It's interesting to try one of these patches to see if you need to improve with your sunscreen or whether it confirms you're doing the right thing.

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  40. What a fantastic read!! We have quite the history of skin cancers in our family and even though my Mum and I get our mole check every 12 months and try to stay as sun smart as possible, it's still easy to miss changes. Being able to know your UV exposure is just genius and I am definitely going to share this and go out and get myself one! I can't wait to try it, thank you!!

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    1. It's good you get regular checks. Thanks for sharing :)

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  41. What a great idea for Australians. Such an issue particularly for kids.

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    1. I think kids nowadays have been educated to be a lot more sun safe than they were when I was a kid!

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  42. Oh what a great way to understand your actual risk. I love that technology can do this stuff now. So cool. And safe!

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    1. It's amazing what technology can do these now! And it looks so un-tech-like!

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  43. I had no idea this existed! This would be so helpful in Washington State where it is overcast all the time, and people don't know how much UV exposure they are getting.

    Everyday Joey - www.everydayjoey.com

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    1. You're right! On overcast days people do tend to forget they are still getting UV exposure!

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  44. Wow that's amazing. They look great and so very important.

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  45. I used to be so uninformed and lay out and bake in the sun all day! I imagine how nice my skin would be now if I had protected it way back in the day instead of baking in baby oil! This is a great idea!

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  46. Brilliant and innovative product Ingrid, and a must have for us folks in this sunny land - really appreciate that you shared your story, and so glad it was caught in time xxx

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