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Avoid Sunburns on Your Maui Vacation with a New Patch

My UV Patch helps you keep track of your UV exposure so you can avoid sunburns.
July 14, 2017

Avoid Sunburns on Your Maui Vacation with a New Patch

Hawaii is closer to the equator than any other state in the U.S., which means the UV rays are more intense here. It's all part of the warm, sub-tropical climate that so many visitors and residents love. Here on Maui, the most popular vacation activities include lounging on postcard beaches, hiking out to waterfalls, or going out on a boat for snorkeling and whale watching adventures. They're all outdoor activities, and there are many, many more things to do on Maui that bring you outside to enjoy the beauty of the island. This is why we often remind our readers to protect their skin, even at the risk of sounding like a broken record. This time, we can point to another option, which is new and pretty exciting!

There is now a photosensitive patch that changes color to indicate your UV exposure. It's just one square inch in size, flexible, and about the thickness of a human hair. One of its best features for Maui vacationers? It can be worn even while swimming. It's called My UV Patch, by La Roche-Posay.

So, how does it work? The developers recommend that you wear it on the back of your hand and apply sunscreen uniformly to your skin as normal, and to the patch as well. This way, it will respond accurately to your UV exposure. The developers are so serious about the sunscreen that they're giving away one free sample of the patch with your purchase of their Anthelios Sunscreen. They've also created a smartphone app so you can use your phone to scan the patch and get tips based on the results. This is how you keep track of your UV exposure.

The patch is shaped like a heart, and contains a number of blue and white squares made up of photosensitive dyes. As the dyes change color, the app can track your exposure and safety while factoring in your skin tone, location and the time of day. You do have to manually scan the patch with your phone to get results. Cost-effective technology isn't quite to the point where a patch like this could automatically transmit information to your phone. Still, it's a smart way to practice safer skin care.

Having the patch on the back of your hand makes it more likely that you'll remember to check on your skin, even while absorbed in your exciting Maui vacation adventures. Without that visual reminder and UV data, it's a lot easier to forget about that second (or even first) application of sunscreen.

There are some other details about the patch that are worth knowing. For example, it lasts for about three days before you'll need to replace it. Although they recommend putting it on your hand, you can put it on any part of your skin that you'd like to monitor, assuming it's in a place that you can easily scan. The patch doesn't actually read information from the skin itself, but simply keeps track of the UV hitting the skin. The patch is permeable, allowing your skin to breathe, and it won't leave a pale mark on the skin, assuming you applied sunscreen to your skin and the patch evenly.

The UV patch has been successfully tested for its effectiveness on both adults and children. In fact, it can be used as a learning tool that teaches kids and teens about the relationship between UV rays, sunscreen and sunburns. This kind of education is vital, because skin damage leading to skin cancer is cumulative throughout our lives. If kids get an early start in their awareness of sun exposure, they can benefit from increased odds of a healthier, longer life. 

We're always on the lookout for useful information like this, because we're passionate about the well-being of our guests. If you're looking for other helpful, informative topics on Maui vacation accommodations, activities, innovations, and events, you can check for our latest topic every Friday, or browse through past topics for information and ideas. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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