No matter how much we hear it from doctors, the media, and loved ones, many people have a hard time keeping up the habit of wearing sunscreen regularly. It’s not a terribly difficult task, but like drinking enough water or exercising regularly, even a simple preventative task like sun protection can be hard for many people to maintain. There are methods people use to help enforce good habits like these—FitBit, the fitness tracking wristband, for example, or reminder alarms.
Now, new products aim to close the major gap between sun protection awareness and actual usage. Though most of us know that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging, less than one third of Americans use sunscreen on a regular basis, according to the CDC.
JUNE, the FitBit of Sun Protection
FitBit is a bracelet people wear to track steps taken and other information about keeping active. JUNE is a new device that aims to increase awareness about one’s own personal sun exposure. The jewel-like device can be worn as either a bracelet or a brooch, and it is used in conjunction with a free app to give the wearer personalized sun protection information.
JUNE tracks sun exposure throughout the day, taking the wearer’s skin, eye, and hair tones into account. UV sensors in the device produce ratings of exposure (on a scale from 0 to 15) and make recommendations about sunscreen use and sun damage prevention, even supplying information about how much of the “daily dose” of sun has been absorbed at a given time.
JUNE currently sells for $129 and the rechargeable battery’s life averages about one month before a charge via USB is necessary.
While JUNE is currently the only device of its kind on the market, competitors are on the way. Violet is a clip-on device with a similar function that is coming out in the near future, and there are several brands of disposable wristbands and stick-on UV detectors that offer a more affordable solution to preventing sunburn, but have problems with durability when exposed to moisture (such as at the pool or beach).
While JUNE and other devices may be the motivation some people need to keep with regular sunscreen use, the information these device provide is nothing new. SPF recommendations and warnings to avoid the sun are all well and good, but if people don’t heed these warnings, the device is doing very little to help protect people from the harmful effects of UV rays.
If you are the kind of person who responds well to this type of motivation, JUNE might be a good buy for you. Unfortunately, motivation to prevent sun damage is often hard to find on a warm summer’s day when everyone is enjoying the outdoors. Coming up with a solution that works for you is key in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.
Talk to a Dermatologist
If you’re worried about your skin health and want advice on improving the signs of premature aging, preventing skin cancer, and more, then it’s time to meet with a dermatologist to discuss your options. Cosmetic dermatologists offer many different procedures to help slow down the aging process, and can provide regular screenings for skin cancer, especially common among fair-skinned people, and those living in warm climates.
Want to meet with an expert, board certified cosmetic dermatologist? Come to Dr. Diane Walder’s office in the Miami area and discuss your goals with a nationally renowned skin specialist. Dr. Walder and her colleagues can help you come up with a personalized skin plan and get you on track for a lifetime of beautiful skin. Call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your appointment.