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SmartSun UV Indicator Wristbands

Hands up if you've ever applied sun cream in the morning, felt smug because you remembered to use it, and then got burnt anyway?

This has happened to me a few times now (most memorably in Spain - do not neglect the crease beneath your butt cheeks) so when the people at SmartSun got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in testing out their UV Indicator Wristbands*, I said yes immediately.

I may be proud to be pale, but with that pale skin comes a tendency to burn almost instantly, and it huuuurts.

Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands
How the band looks before you venture outside; my wristband changing colour after I'd been up in the Brecon Mountains. My forearms caught more sun than the underneath, which is why the top of the wristband changed colour quicker.

So, how do they work? You put on a wristband, apply your sun cream, and then go about your day as normal. The band starts off yellow, turns beige when you need to reapply, and then when you need to stay out of the sun it turns pink (how appropriate!) 

Personally, I think the wristbands are a great idea. I'm not great at remembering to reapply sun cream throughout the day, so having something there to remind me has been a skin/life saver. Yesterday I was up in the Brecon Mountains, outside in the sun pretty much constantly for a good few hours, and the wristband turned beige well before I might have considered using more SPF. I wasn't out long enough for it to turn pink (too much sun and I start to wilt) but the colour-changing is definitely noticeable, and I didn't burn at all.

Brecon Mountain Railway
The view from the Brecon Mountain Railway
Each wristband is adjustable, so children can wear them as well, and I reckon the bands would be a good way to teach little 'uns about the dangers of sun exposure and the importance of topping up your SPF  I know the colour changes would have been a huge novelty for me when I was little.

Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands cost £4.99 for a pack of three (each band can be used once). This is a bit much for everyday (and it's not like we get that much sun year-round in the UK anyway, boo hiss) but they're perfect for holidays, or for days when you know you're going to be out and about in the sun. I would definitely consider picking up a pack or two next time I go abroad.

Have you ever been burnt before? Do you think you'd find something like this useful? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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