I recently got a chance to try out the La Roche-Posay My My UV Patch, and of course I had to create some matching nail art.
First my nails, I used a check stamping image from Messy Mansion, and then I mixed my teal polish with white polish to get various shades of teal. I then coloured in many of the white gaps so that the pattern was similar to that of the patch. I hindsight, I wish I done a feature nail as a decal, so I could then cut out a heart shape so one nail could have been the teal heart on the white background.
The UV Patch is a round sticker, about the size of a 50c piece, that you apply to your skin. It's ultra thin like those invisible band-aids, so you hardly even notice your wearing it. Except that every second person asks you what the sticker is.
There is also a mobile app that you use to scan the patch (which changes colour in the sun). The app monitors your local UV index and combines that with the exposure reading on the patch. When I explained it to people, they were intrigued and thought it sounded pretty cool. So, even if the only outcome of wearing the patch was to raise awareness for UV exposure, it seemed to do the trick.
I wore My UV Patch for a full two weeks, but it was starting to lift by about 1mm around the edges so I decided to remove it tonight. The main reason I kept it on for so long was my hope to really test it out. But as per Murphy's Law, of the 14 days I had this on, I had three day's of sunshine. It really has been a very wet start to Autumn this year on the east coast of Australia.
The first day I had it one was the Canberra day long weekend, and the weather was pretty perfect. In fact we still jumped in the pool and had an afternoon swim.
You can see on this next photo that two of the squares on the UV Patch change to a purple colour in the sun.
This photo shows the patch indoors on the left and in the sun on the right.
Here are a couple of screen shots from the mobile app. You create a personal profile on the app which is based on answering some questions about your skin type and how likely you are to burn in the sun.
So would I buy one of these patches, probably not after doing this trial, but I believe the patches will come for free with the purchase of the La Roche-Posay sunscreen (at least I read that somewhere). Did the patch make me more aware of my exposure to the sun, absolutely!