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Photo Courtesy of L'Oreal

Photo Courtesy of L’Oreal

L’Oréal is getting ready to launch a skin patch designed to analyze UV radiation on the skin.  It is the first smart patch of its kind that will be introduced at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The patch will be launched first in Europe, being made available for free in France as the firm compiles research data on its effectiveness.

An earlier patch was created, but it was rigid and non-transparent that only analyzed UV radiation for one hour.  The new patch will be ultra-thin and will measure sun exposure for a longer period of time with more precision.  The patch is a printed electronic circuit on a flexible film that is disposable.

The patch contains a photosensitive blue dye that changes color when exposed to ultraviolet light.  The color change will let the wearer know that an application of sunscreen is needed or to take appropriate measures to protect the skin. (I thought that is what the brain is for!)

The patch will also be linked to an app by LaRoche-Posay called “My UV Patch”.  Once a photo is uploaded, the app can measure both instant and cumulative doses of ultraviolet rays (several hours or days).

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McDougall, A. (2015). Cosmetics Design, “L’Oréal enters wearables market with My UV skin patch to better protect against sun damage”.  Retrieved January 8, 2016, from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Market-Trends/L-Oreal-enters-wearables-market-with-My-UV-skin-patch-to-better-protect-against-sun-damage?nocount