7 smart skin devices to keep sun and UV damage at bay
As the weather heats up, pack these smart helpers in your summer bag along with some sunscreen and a hat
While it feels great to bask under the warm rays of the sun during the summer, by now we all know that too much of a good thing isn't any good at all. UV exposure is no joke, so making sure your skin is safe is a summertime must. With the aid of these seven devices, you can enjoy the season without sacrificing your skin.
When you head out in the sun, this inexpensive color changing wristband goes from white to purple
Simple and somewhat stylish, the $2.50 Skin Cancer Protection UV Color Changing Wristband is a smart solution for those who need a little reminder when it's time to apply sunscreen. When strong UV rays are present, the white band magically turns to purple. Easy and efficient, this low-cost item can be a real skin saver.
The QSun UV Exposure Tracker tracks UV exposure and sets a timer to remind you to get into the shade
A welcome wearable for summer, the QSun UV Exposure Tracker is small and smart, connects to an app, and tracks UV and vitamin D levels. Be ready for a readout letting you know if you've been overexposed, how much vitamin D you've gained from your time outdoors, and get sun safety tips to keep your skin in optimal condition. This $149 device (it's currently on sale) can be set up with notifications for a beach time buzz to alert you when it's time to sneak into the shade.
Clip the LaRoche-Posay My Skin Track UV to follow your sun exposure during the day
From UV levels to pollution, pollen, heat, humidity, and more, the LaRoche-Posay My Skin Track UV is an all-in-one connected device that keeps you informed about the atmosphere via app, allowing you to make smarter choices to protect your skin. Real time data provides the most useful tips and tools to save your skin before the damage is done. Product recommendations and advice are also useful for proactive prevention, and easy to find in this $59.95 battery-free device.
Neutrogena's Skin360 can check your skin for signs it needs some TLCGearBrain
Neutrogena is a longtime skincare favorite that has been trusted for years. As tech has advanced, so has the brand, now bringing Neutrogena Skin360 to the mix, with a cool way to scan the skin on and beneath the surface. Measure moisture levels, keep an eye on fine lines, and pore over pores via the connected app and compare its tone and texture over time. This $59.99 device will also provide you with some personalized product recommendations to improve your skin — their brand, naturally. Read more about this do-good device on GearBrain, where one of our editors gave it a whirl.
Think you missed a spot? The Suncreenr UV Camera can help make sure you apply your sunscreen completely
You can never be too precise when it comes to sunscreen application. And even the most careful sun worshipper can miss a spot, or not realize when it's time to reapply. The $79 Sunscreenr UV Camera for Android can double-check and identify areas of skin that need to be covered. Simply hook it up to your smartphone and see your skin right on the screen.
The Adafruit UVA UVB and UV Index Sensor is designed for those with some DIY skills
Inexpensive and highly intuitive, the Adafruit VEML6075 UVA UVB and UV Index Sensor Breakout is tiny and high-tech, but you'll need to be a DIY-er to connect it to your own device to make it work for your needs as a real time reader that can convert to UV index numbers. Not for everyone, but for those interested in a professional project, this $5.95 Adafruit sensor is a cool way to take control over your skin's protection.
This hand-held device from Skin Inc. is designed to help repair damaged cells in your skin
You've spent too much time in the sun and now you need to reverse the damage. Consider the $295 Skin Inc. Supplement Bar's Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light to get a high-tech "facial" right at home with this handy device. Using NASA-inspired LED Chromotherapy and low frequency stimulation, the hand-held light is designed to regenerate, repair, and recharge cells.