These Colour-Altering Dots Let You Know When It is Time to Reapply Sunscreen

Spot My UV Review

  • A video on TikTok went viral after the consumer examined these color-changing dots that inform you when to reapply sunscreen.
  • The SpotMyUV Detection Stickers are alleged to warn you once you want extra SPF.
  • Our editor examined the SPF-detection dots to see in the event that they actually work.

Throughout a day TikTok scroll, I got here throughout a video by consumer @skinbyhelen the place she slathered sunscreen over a purple dot on her pores and skin that she claimed may “let you realize when to reapply,” for full protection against UV rays. Within the video, Helen stated that after placing on the SpotMyUV Detection Sticker ($8-$26), it turned clear in about 30 seconds. Then, it turned again to purple each time it was time for her to reapply sunscreen. Interested in what the sticker was and whether or not or not it might depart a mark on my deeper pores and skin complexion, I reached out to the SpotMyUV workforce and was despatched just a few packs to attempt.

Ready for the stickers to reach, I hopped over to the SpotMyUV web site to determine how they work. Seems, every purple sticker has three layers: the highest layer detects the quantity of SPF, the center layer has what the location calls a “non-toxic ink” that senses UV mild, and the final layer is an adhesive that the location claims is proof against sweat. As soon as SpotMyUV arrived, I learn the directions on the again of the package deal that mirrored what Helen stated in her video. I additionally learn that the dots are supposed to show clear in direct daylight, so I took my laptop computer outdoor for just a few hours to place the stickers to the check.

To get SpotMyUV onto my forearm, I peeled it from the package deal utilizing the perforated triangle (pictured above), then gently laid it onto my pores and skin and gave it a agency press, so I knew it would not fly off. I then grabbed my moveable Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 ($3) from Goal and sprayed a beneficiant layer of sunscreen over the purple dot. (The sunscreen’s instructions say to reapply each two hours, FYI.) Inside a minute the sticker went from purple to clear, identical to it did within the TikTok video. Nonetheless, my outcomes have been a bit totally different.

Over the course of 4 hours, I labored within the solar but my SpotMyUV dot stayed clear, regardless of mild hitting my pores and skin the complete time. Curious as to why my purple dot wasn’t turning purple once more, I went into the shade and turned to SpotMyUV’s FAQ part to seek out the reply. Per the sticker-maker’s web site, the color-changing skills of the purple dots are affected by the present UV index, period of time spent within the solar, kind and quantity of SPF used, and actions completed whereas carrying the purple dots. As a result of I used to be simply sitting beneath the solar, it may’ve been a low UV day — or my sunscreen was placing in work.

Whereas I’m impressed by the SpotMyUV stickers’ skill to detect the sunscreen on my pores and skin, keep on my arm for hours, and never depart an ungainly round tan line as a replacement, I undoubtedly wish to give it one other check on a stronger UV day earlier than I give SpotMyUV a full five-star ranking.

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