Tanning technology trends: what is new?

Whether you are a fan of sun worshipping on a sun bed or prefer to stay safe with fake tan in a bottle, there is no denying tanning is popular.

Many of us want a bronzed, healthy glow before we head off into the sun and this is usually achieved by a spray tan or perhaps even a sunbed.

Tanning has come a long way in recent years, and with the news that the first ‘beauty wearable’ to protect your skin from the sun will be going on sale in Space NK, it got us thinking about other techy products that are on the market to help sun worshippers get the glow (in the safest way possible). Read more on tanning trends 2015…

Solar Cell mobile app

If your job requires you to stay outside for long periods of time or you work in a warm climate, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun (even on cloud days).

An app called Solar Cell has recently been developed to provide you with real-time advice on sun protection, based on UV (ultraviolet) index forecasts and personal information from other users. It also alerts users to apply or reapply sunscreen.

The app is used to promote sun protection practices and the importance of looking after your skin in the sun.

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June from startup company Netatmo – first beauty wearable to go on sale

The high-tech wristband is used to measure sun exposure and to help prevent causes of premature ageing. The product will be on sale in UK beauty retailer Space NK stores in June. The June wristband from French ‘internet of things’ start up Netatmo contains hundreds of tiny UVA and UVB sensors that measure your sun exposure in real time.

The data is then transmitted via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, which offers personalised sun protection recommendations, based on your UV index, weather forecast, and even your skin type.

When you are wearing the bracelet, you will be assigned a daily ‘sun dose’ and if you exceed it, you will receive a sunburn warning. The bracelet also sends notifications to you throughout the day to keep you away from your limit.

Other recommendations include which factor sun cream to wear, when to apply more, and whether you require sunglasses or a hat.

Ultraviolet camera used to show ‘not yet visible’ changes to your skin

This video is using a special camera to show people of all ages ‘not yet visible’ signs on what the sun is doing to their skin. The camera mainly showed up people’s freckles and pigmentation caused by the suns UV rays.

The camera was also tested on young children to see the damages the sun is having on their young skin. One interesting fact is that our skin ages at different speeds dependent on the amount of exposure we have to the sun without protection.

Glass blocks UV light as does sunscreen, so under the ultraviolet camera the skin appears black as does sunglasses. Interesting stuff!

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This is a great video to watch for you to understand the importance of looking after your skin in the sun (this is how the sun sees your skin). We don’t have to walk around with an ultraviolet camera to realise the impact the sun has on our skin.

If you don’t want to be looking like the people on camera, make sure you wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to protect your skin from the sun and UV rays.

Watch it here

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