Well here’s a little something that gets my gadget-geek side a bit overexcited; La Roche-Posay have just launched an incredibly useful piece of tech called My Skin Track UV. It’s a wearable sensor that measures your exposure to UV, pollution, pollen and humidity and then, via an app, gives you personalised advice based on skin type and concern.
Giveaway below: 20 Sensors for UK Readers
This all tickles my fancy immensely, especially as I can’t seem to work out whether I am, for the first time ever, suffering with hayfever or just have the world’s longest-running cold. I’m dying to find out what the pollens levels are in various geographical locations (namely rural Somerset and central London) and see whether my move to the country has drastically reduced my exposure to pollution. (There has to be an upside to not being able to get Deliveroo!)
Most importantly, though, I’m very interested to see what the UV levels are at various times and in different places and track precisely how much exposure I get on a normal, mostly-indoors-eating-biscuits kind of day. Do I really need to be coating myself in SPF50 for the Tesco dash when it’s raining outside? And if it’s a scorcher out there (fat chance of that at the moment) then just how protected am I when I’ve applied my sunscreen?
All of these questions, so little time. Good job this wearable sensor needs no charging (also has no battery, no idea how that works but sounds ideal for me!) and is ridiculously easy to set up. Just clip it on and go – pendant, bracelet charm, lapel-badge, you could even clip it to your glasses if you didn’t mind looking like someone from the future. It’s incredibly small and inconspicuous – more like a decorative bead than wearable tech.
So I’ll do some testing and get back to you, but for the meanwhile I have TWENTY of these very clever wearable sensors, worth £50 each, to give away to UK readers. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment below – something weather-related would be good. Maybe give me your current weather status where you live: mine is RAIN WITH NO FORESEEABLE END. Entries before noon on Friday 14th and the independently – randomly – picked winners will be contacted the following week. One entry per person please! For full terms and conditions please see here.
It’s rather an exciting time for health and for skincare, I feel, with these tech innovations and the ability to gain easy access to your own data. Step-trackers, fitness monitors, apps that measure sleep quality; maybe it’s slightly narcissistic, but I don’t half enjoy finding out stuff about myself!