Sunscreen Bands Monitor Your Kids Sun Exposure

 

 

Sunscreen Bands Monitor Your Kids Sun Exposure

In the United States, 1 in 5 children will develop skin cancer.

Did that get your attention?

I have 4 children, so what does this mean for my family?

To me, these are just unacceptable statistics.

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Just under two years ago we went through a skin cancer scare with my Dad. He spent his entire life worshipping the sun. Shirtless, deep tan and on the water was his lifestyle.

We found the spot on his shoulder when he was in the hospital for another surgery. Long story short, thankfully we caught it early enough and removed all of it before it spread to his lymph nodes.

Skin cancer is 90% preventable and with the proper knowledge we can hopefully change those stats.

I am doing whatever I can to make sure my children are not one of the five. This means starting our pool time at home with sunscreen bands.

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Out of the package sunscreen bands are were a very light pink. They are not active yet… simply expose them to sunlight.

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Just a few seconds in the sun and they were activated and a nice purple color.

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Because you need to allow the first application of sunscreen to set 10-15 minutes, we activated them at home and lathered the kids up with sunscreen.

When applying the sunscreen, be sure to apply it on the skin under the band and on the band itself as well as the rest of your child as usual.

The patented color-changing technology monitors UVA & UVB exposure to remind you when to reapply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun for the day.

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I called the kids over after they had been playing for a few minutes so you could see the nice deep purple color the bands turn to when you first start your outing.

I asked them to peek at their bands every so often and let me know if the color changed.

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This faded purple color is a reminder to reapply sunscreen. Our color change happened with only an hour of exposure using an SPF of 70 rated for “wet kids”.

I was astounded to realize that with that little bit of time it was already suggested to reapply, but we did! Typically I wouldn’t even start thinking about reapplying until we had been there a couple of hours.

The bands do not have a time or heat element to them, they only measure exposure and with as strong as the sun was feeling, I totally believed them.

If/When Band reaches a creme color, you have reached your maximum recommended exposure for one day & you should cover up or get out of the sun.

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We stayed at the pool for an additional 30 minutes and the bands did not change any more.

Because sunscreen bands function in both salt and chlorine water we are covered for our entire summer. Our pool is a salt water pool but we occasionally head out to the local water park that uses chlorine in their water.

With sun safety always on my mind I am investing in more sunscreen bands to monitor their UVA & UVS sun exposure.

 

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You can purchase Sunscreen Bands nationwide at CVS, Walmart, Toys R Us/ Babies R Us, Amazon.com, among others.

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Comments

  1. Birdiebee says:

    The Suncreen Bands Monitors UVA & UVB exposure.

  2. Janet W. says:

    I learned that it has a reminder when you need to reapply!

  3. These are a GREAT idea!

  4. Deirdre says:

    I learned that you need to apply before you go outside, and that the SPF needs to be 15 or higher. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I learned the bands are activated by the sun and turn purple when ready.

  6. Kim Henrichs says:

    It’s interesting – if you go inside the color progression stops then picks up when you go back outside!

  7. steven weber says:

    They turn purple when they are ready.

  8. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We love to swim,so I really like that these work wet or dry.

  9. Marti Tabora says:

    I think it’s great that they will still work in pool water or salt water, since we would be likely to use it at the beach.

  10. Cynthia R says:

    I learned that it monitors both UVA & UVB exposure (broad spectrum)

  11. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I love all the sunscreen tips they give you and how unique this is I have never heard of it but could really use not just for me but for my kids as well!

  12. Mary Happymommy says:

    I learned it works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  13. Jeanna says:

    I learned that the Sunscreen Band will turn Dark Purple within a minute and that means that the band is now activated by the sun!

  14. Elena says:

    I like that it monitors UVA and UVB explosure

  15. D Schmidt says:

    Visited the site and learned that sunny, summer days, between 10AM and 4PM are the maximum times for UV exposure. If you are in the shade, you will get less radiation and the band will not change color as quickly.

  16. Allie says:

    I like that it monitors both uva and uvb

  17. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love how the band sets you reminders like when to get out of the sun

  18. Melissa M says:

    I learned that Our patented color changing technology detects damaging UVA & UVB rays while you work.

  19. Holly Thomas says:

    Perfect for all outdoor activities, wet or dry.

  20. Brenda Fletcher says:

    I like the Finding the Best Sunscreen tips area

  21. kim burnett says:

    I learned they turn purple when they are ready!

  22. Angela Y says:

    I learned that if you decide to go indoors at any point, you can use the same band all day even if you return outdoors

  23. Jessica F says:

    I learned that just 1 MED means a sunburn and even in New York on a sunny day the MEDs are 1-3 per hour.

  24. Thomas Murphy says:

    I learned it Monitors UVA & UVB exposure (broad spectrum).

  25. Cheryl B. says:

    I like that they function in the pool and the ocean…

  26. i learned you can buy these at amazon and toys r us. I never would have guessed that!

  27. Patricia c says:

    I learned that the active chemicals found in almost every brand and type of sunscreen lose their effectiveness after about three years

  28. Adrienne gordon says:

    I like that it it works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  29. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I learned that it works with all sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher. Neat little device!

  30. BeckyM says:

    I learned that you can buy them at Amazon, Walmart and Babies R Us.

  31. Scott Martin says:

    I learned that it works with all sunscreens with an SPF of 15+

  32. Kristen says:

    Works with all sunscreens SPF 15 or higher.

  33. Jessie C. says:

    I like they have sunscreen tips on the site, very helpful.

  34. KV says:

    I like that it has a reminder to re-apply sunscreen.

  35. heather eg kaufman says:

    I like that it is Perfect for all outdoor activities, wet or dry.

  36. Denise S says:

    As you stay in the sun, the band will gradually change color from Dark Purple to light purple. When the band turns light purple in color, this is your reminder to reapply sunscreen to your skin and to the band.

  37. Cryssie Cherry says:

    I learned that these bands existed! I have never heard of these. What a good idea. I like that you can get them wet too.

  38. Sarah says:

    I learned you can use the same band all day, even if you go indoors for a bit.

  39. Karen Glatt says:

    I like that the Sunscreen Bands help by reminding me when to re-apply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun. What a great product to help me and my family not get burned!!

  40. Candice says:

    I learned this product works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  41. Candace B says:

    There are so many aspects of this product that I love. I love how it allows you to use any sunscreen, so you aren’t needing to search for a specific type. I love how this product doesn’t activate until the sunscreen is applied to the band. Finally, and this is the most important to me, it lets you know when to reapply or get out of the sun. This keeps children from being in the sun too long or at risk from the sun and heat.

  42. Anastasia says:

    I learned that you apply the sunscreen to band too! That explains how it works 🙂 I also learned you can buy them on Amazon and at Toys R Us, among other places 🙂

  43. Jennifer says:

    I learned that you apply the sunscreen directly to the band and it works with SPF 15 or higher

  44. Margaret Smith says:

    I learned that it Works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher

  45. Peter G says:

    Tells you when to reapply.

  46. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I learned you can buy them at
    Amazon.com
    Babies R Us
    Bed Bath & Beyond
    CVS Pharmacies
    Giant Tiger Canada
    Toys R Us in the Childrens Personal Care Section
    Unified Grocers
    Weis Super Markets
    Walmart
    Walmart is closest to me.

  47. The band is designed to only measure your dose of sun exposure per day

  48. janetfaye says:

    I learned; Our Sunscreen Bands work in pool water or salt water at the beach. What matters is the sunscreen! Sunscreen can wash off your body in the water. If that happens, it will also wash off the band.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  49. Jessica Williams says:

    I learned they are activated by the sun! How cool!

  50. I love that they work at the pool and at the beach!

  51. Tara Liebing says:

    I like that the band tells you when you’ve had too much sun for the day.

  52. heather s says:

    I learned the active UV-blocking chemicals and reagents in sunscreen lose their effectiveness after three years

  53. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that it works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  54. Pam Gurganus says:

    I learned that the sunscreen bands work with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  55. Anne says:

    I learned that the bands are one-time use only, and for use only on one day even if it’s just partially used, but that the used bands are recyclable (plastic code 5).

  56. learned that it is activated by the sun

  57. Barbara Montag says:

    Something I learned & liked – this product is effective for wet activities.
    thank you

  58. Brynn says:

    I learned that they work with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  59. Colleen Maurina says:

    I learned that these bands are safe and non-toxic. They work with all sunscreens SPF 15 or higher.

  60. Christina Foley says:

    I think these are an awesome way to help remind people of sun safety. I also think they would be a good way for my kids to “get it” … I am very sun aware and try to limit our time out in the sun, especially during peak hours, my mom was diagnosed with melanoma a year ago.

  61. saminder gumer says:

    i like the fact that the band reminds you when to re-apply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun.

  62. Alona Y says:

    I learned that the bands are made to be used with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

  63. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like That The Sunscreen Bands Change Colors In The Sun! Very Cool!

  64. DEBIJOT says:

    I like that you can use them for all outdoor activities, wet or dry.

  65. Samantha D says:

    I learned they are one-time use bands and that after they read that you’ve gotten enough sun for the day – you need to either cover up or go inside. And throw away the band.

  66. nickie says:

    I learned it works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  67. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like that the bands are recyclable!

  68. Carl L Smith Jr says:

    Its great that it lets you know when to change it, that way the kids can feel like they are in charge

  69. Sarah L says:

    Perfect for all outdoor activities, wet or dry.
    Thanks for the contest.

  70. Kimmy Ripley says:

    They help monitor UVA & UVB exposure in the sun.

  71. Amy Pratt says:

    I learned you apply sunscreen to the band and the skin.

  72. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I learned the band is designed to only measure your dose of sun exposure per day and should not be worn more than a day

  73. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that UV intensity is measured in MED’s (Minimal Erythema Dose). MED is a dosage. 1 MED is sunburn. It is the dosage amount of UV radiation that causes sunburn from sun exposure. MED can vary depending on location. On a July sunny day in Florida, UV can be generating 3 – 4 MED’s per hour. On that same day and time on a sunny day in New York, the MED’s will be closer to 1 – 3 MED’s per hour.

  74. Tee Mcc says:

    I like that they Remind you when to re-apply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun.

  75. Debra Hall says:

    they have a great section on Finding the Best Sunscreen

  76. adina says:

    works with all sunscreens spf15 or higher

  77. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I learned that these wristbands are designed for children and adults to use for all outdoor activities, wet or dry.

  78. Suzanne K says:

    Great product! I like everything about it… especially that it reminds you when to re-apply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun.

  79. laura ari says:

    What a great idea! I learned it works with SPF 15 and higher.

  80. Betty says:

    I did learn that it monitors exposure and the band will indicate when additional sunscreen should be applied. also I learned sunscreen is now rated by a star system – 1 to 4. Those sunscreen products with 4 stars provide the best protection

  81. Geoff K says:

    I learned that water actually decreases UV protection as well and that sun protective clothing will lose some of its effectiveness in blocking UV rays if you get it wet.

  82. Jennifer H says:

    I learned that it monitors both UVA & UVB exposure

  83. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says:

    I love that it is a visual reminder to re-apply my son’s sunscreen!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  84. Maureen says:

    I am amazed by these bands! These are awesome! I learned that when you reach your maximum sun exposure for the day based on your sunscreen, the band turns cream colored and will no longer monitor your sun exposure. You are supposed to use one band a day. I love that the bands work whether they are wet or dry! They seem like awesome products!

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

  85. Crystal F says:

    I found out that you are not suppose to use one for more than one day. I think these are a great idea. Thank you!!

  86. Cindy B says:

    I learned these work with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  87. April Brenay says:

    I love that I can use my prime membership to get these off amazon!

  88. Heather B says:

    What an amazing idea! I learned that these bands will work both in and out of the water even salt water!

  89. Megan Parsons says:

    I learned that the band is calibrated to work with sunscreens of SPF 15 or higher.

  90. Claire says:

    I learned that it will still work if you get it wet!

  91. Toaa says:

    These are awesome for me. I live in Florida!

  92. Erin G says:

    I love that the band stops when you step inside.

  93. The color progression stops when you go inside and then begins again when you go back outside

  94. katherine says:

    I learned that the band will turn light purple in 1-2 hours

  95. Amber Conaway says:

    I learned that it works either wet or dry!

  96. Debra Guillen says:

    Sunscreen Bands work in pool water or salt water at the beach.

  97. Cheryl says:

    Very interesting stuff! I learned UV Sunscreen Bands simultaneously monitor your sunscreens SPF and your daily dosage of sun exposure. Love to be sure I get enough sun as well as not too much.

  98. I like that they work in both salt & chlorine water.

  99. Michelle C says:

    I really like that the bands work weather they are wet or dry. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  100. Susan Christy says:

    I like that it reminds you when to re-apply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun.

  101. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I love that the bands let you know how much time you have been in the sub and when its time to reapply! You have so much fun at the beach you forget!

  102. Kelly D says:

    I like that I don’t have to guess how effective the sunscreen is since the band will let me know.

  103. Stacey Roberson says:

    I learned that these bands are Safe and non-Toxic and work both wet and dry.

  104. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Love that it works with any sunscreen wet or dry.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  105. Jessica H. says:

    I would love these bands! I am guilty of applying sunscreen in the morning than forgetting about reapplying during the day, these would be a fantastic reminder. I love that it works wet, as we love to go to the beach and this would be perfect for that. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  106. Elle says:

    I learned that these monitor both UVA & UVB exposure.

  107. Crystyn Haun says:

    I love the reminder to reapply! As parents we have a lot on our mind!

  108. I like the tips on the site!

  109. Laura says:

    I absolutely love the concept of these bands! We all need a reminder sometimes, and it’s better to be reminded before it’s too late! (sunburned…ouch!) I love that it can be used in salt and chlorine water.

  110. Deanna says:

    Reapplication! We always forget to do this, thanks!

  111. lissa crane says:

    I learned & love that it works for wet and dry activities! Perfect for our beach and water park vacations!

  112. Lisa E says:

    I learned it will generally turn light purple in 1-2 hours on a sunny day with minimal clouds – that’s a warning to re-apply sunscreen!

  113. Monique Rizzo says:

    I learned you can use it both in wet and dry environments!

  114. mell says:

    I learned that it has a reminder when you need to reapply!

  115. janna johnson says:

    Works with all sunscreens with at least 15 spf

  116. amy pugmire says:

    i learned that it is Perfect for all outdoor activities, wet or dry.

  117. Mary Cloud says:

    I learned it works with all sunscreens SPF 15 or higher
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  118. Pam H. says:

    I learned that uv exposure is highest on sunny summer days between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm.

  119. Jillian T says:

    I learned that there are special patented photo-chromic dyes imbedded in the band that cause the color change.

  120. Deb Ford says:

    I learned they work at the pool and at the beach.

  121. CR Williams says:

    Learnt that it works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  122. I love this idea. What a great way to know when to put the sunscreen on your kids. I would love to try this for grandson.

  123. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I learned that it monitors both UVA & UVB exposure

  124. T.h.Ransom says:

    I learned that the sunscreen is applied to the band and the skin

  125. I think it’s super cool that you apply sunscreen to the band and that tells the band when it wears off. I’m also glad it works in both salt and fresh water.

  126. Liberty T. says:

    I learned that the bands monitor your children’s UVA & UVB exposure.

  127. Roxanne Uhden says:

    Very cool idea! 🙂

  128. Danielle Papsis says:

    I like that these will change color to indicate if you have had too much sun or need to stay out of the sun for the day even.

  129. Sarah Hayes says:

    i like that these can be used wet or dry so it doesnt matter if they go swimming with them

  130. laura revilla says:

    I learned that it has a reminder when you need to reapply

  131. courtney d says:

    these are great for all members of the family!

  132. Sonya says:

    I love that it gives you an actual timeframe for putting on more sunblock since you put sunblock on the band!

  133. Kristin Miller says:

    I learned that you can use it in both chlorine and salt water.

  134. Karen Drake says:

    I learned the band even work when wet, I think these are a really great idea.

  135. Brittney House says:

    I like that it tells you when to reapply.

  136. Jill Myrick says:

    I love that the Sunscreen Bands works wet or dry and can be used in both pool or ocean water.
    This makes them perfect for taking on vacation to the beach or when we go to the pool.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  137. DanielM says:

    the bands are activated by the sun and turn purple when they’re ready

  138. brittany says:

    I like that its perfect for wet or dry activities. I think this is a really neat idea.

  139. Deb Christie says:

    I learned that the Sunscreen Band is calibrated to monitor total sun exposure for one day, so you only need to use one band per day.

  140. Lisa V. says:

    I like that the bands remind you when to reapply sunscreen.

  141. ma luzier says:

    I learned that The bands work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults.

  142. Erica B. says:

    They work in wet activities too.

  143. Amy Tripp says:

    I learned that the bands work using photo-chromic dyes embedded in the band that change colors when exposed to UV radiation.

  144. Mihaela Day says:

    I learned the bands are activated by the sun and turn purple when ready. Really cool, I would love to try them 🙂

  145. Susan Smith says:

    I learned the bands are activated by the sun and turn purple when ready.

  146. Tim says:

    I like that they offer a constant reminder of the UV exposure and when to apply sunscreen.

  147. kyl neusch says:

    turn purple when they are ready.

  148. Shannon says:

    I learned that they can be ordered online, I like that they monitor both uva and uvb exposure.

  149. amy deeter says:

    learned you apply sunscreen to the band and the skin.

  150. Sarah Jestings says:

    I learned that you need to use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.

  151. I love that it also tells you when you are done in the sun for the day. It’s a great reminder to reapply.

  152. kim says:

    I like that they Reminds you when to re-apply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun because I always forget and then it gets past the time and I get burnt

  153. Tara Woods says:

    I learned that the bands have patented color changing technology.

  154. Kelly H. says:

    I like that they work even when wet.

  155. Jennifer R says:

    I learned that the bands monitors both UVA & UVB exposure (broad spectrum).

  156. Lisa L says:

    I learned that the wristbands work whether your skin is wet or dry

  157. Jammie says:

    I like that it tells you when to reapply and to get out of the sun.

  158. Sam Stamp says:

    I learned the bands are perfect for all outdoor activities such as swimming, gardening, sports, picnics, camping, walking, etc. I really like the Sunscreen Tips they have on their website! I never would have thought I could be applying my sunscreen wrong.

  159. Kristy Thiel says:

    I love that the color progression only happens when they are out in the sun!

  160. susan smoaks says:

    i learned that this is exactly what we need. we always forget to reapply. we slather it on when we get to the beach but then we forget to put more on later on in the day.

  161. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I like that it will help the kids remember to have us put more lotion on them.

  162. Breanne says:

    It is predicted that 1 out of every 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by 2015. Wow!

  163. CHRISTINA DUTRA says:

    I like that it reminds you when to re-apply sunscreen. I never knew these were in the market. I would have been purchasing them a long time ago.

  164. Shannon F says:

    I learned that I can buy them at Babies R Us!

  165. Rachel says:

    The Suncreen Bands Monitors UVA & UVB exposure.

  166. Valeen N says:

    I learned that the bands monitor both UVA and UVB rays!

  167. Samantha says:

    I love that it works with all sunscreens SPF15 or higher.

  168. tina reynolds says:

    I found out I can easily get at walmart or amazon

  169. Lisa Vanhook says:

    Love the fact they work wet or dry and “pause” while inside…

  170. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… The band is designed to only measure your dose of sun exposure per day.

  171. AEKZ2 says:

    I learned that the band is calibrated to work with any sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher

  172. Barbara Long says:

    I learned that the Sunscreen Bands work in pool water or salt water.

    longbarb11@aol.com

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