When school officially gets out for the year, it really begins to feel like summer. Kids begin to make plans for their break from classes and parents are busy deciding where the family vacation will take them to this year.
However, there is one real danger that comes along with the nice weather and days filled with swimming: sunburns. Each year, millions of Americans are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. In fact, according to a new study, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
Now, a new product is taking aim at preventing sunburns. It was featured on the Today Show and has been generating a lot of buzz on social media. L'Oreal has created a new product that is called UV Sense.
"The cosmetic company teamed up with Northwestern University professor John A. Rogers to create a small wearable device, called UV Sense, that can precisely measure a person's exposure to UV light from the sun. If you've gotten too much exposure, the app linked to the sensor will let you know," reported Today.
The device is powered by your phone. Since most people use their smartphones for nearly everything in their daily lives, this invention could prove to be a big one.
"The wearable is less than two millimeters thick, nine millimeters in diameter and designed to be worn for up to two weeks on the thumbnail," the press release noted. It's also been described as "light as a raindrop, and smaller than an M&M."
The results are starting to come in. According to the report, 34 percent of users applied sunscreen more often, and 37 percent tried to stay in the shade more frequently.
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