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Sun Savvy

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re playing or working outdoors. (Was that last round of sunscreen applied before your swim or after the bike ride?) With a wristband that monitors UV exposure, you can tell at a glance if you’re getting too much sun. Put one on each kid and adult, and you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the day’s activities. UVSunSense wristbands change color depending on how long you’ve been in the sun. Each wristband starts off orange. Then after you apply sunscreen to yourself and the band, the wristband turns purple, indicating that it has been activated. When the band turns brown, it’s time for more sunscreen. Yellow warns that it’s time to get out of the sun. We heard about UVSunSense from Kelly McInnis, who is vigilant about protecting herself from too much sun exposure (and has gorgeous skin to show for it!) and wanted to share this find with the Daily Grommet community. The creators are Bill Luisi and Jon Horovitz (on the right), two entrepreneurs who founded UVSunSense to provide an easy way for people to make sure their sunscreen is still working and help avoid sun damage. Their wristbands are meant to get wet, so you can find out right away if that last jump in the pool dissolved the last of your sunscreen. It’s so much better than discovering a nasty sunburn later on.

UVSunSense

UV Exposure Monitoring Wristbands

Sun Savvy

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re playing or working outdoors. (Was that last round of sunscreen applied before your swim or after the bike ride?) With a wristband that monitors UV exposure, you can tell at a glance if you’re getting too much sun. Put one on each kid and adult, and you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the day’s activities. UVSunSense wristbands change color depending on how long you’ve been in the sun. Each wristband starts off orange. Then after you apply sunscreen to yourself and the band, the wristband turns purple, indicating that it has been activated. When the band turns brown, it’s time for more sunscreen. Yellow warns that it’s time to get out of the sun. We heard about UVSunSense from Kelly McInnis, who is vigilant about protecting herself from too much sun exposure (and has gorgeous skin to show for it!) and wanted to share this find with the Daily Grommet community. The creators are Bill Luisi and Jon Horovitz (on the right), two entrepreneurs who founded UVSunSense to provide an easy way for people to make sure their sunscreen is still working and help avoid sun damage. Their wristbands are meant to get wet, so you can find out right away if that last jump in the pool dissolved the last of your sunscreen. It’s so much better than discovering a nasty sunburn later on.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jon
    Jon

    I am Jon Horovitz. I'm proud to bring to you a simple way for you to stay safer in the sunshine and am thrilled that Daily Grommet has chosen to share our product with you. With spring break and summer just around the corner, these bands should be a must-have accessory for everyone enjoying time outside. Let me know what questions you have!

  • Julia
    Julia
    3/23/2010 12:15 PM

    THIS is a great product. I love it and am thankful that The Daily Grommet team found it. Melanoma and skin cancer take lives. I saw a friend in Virginia who was only in his 30s die from it in 2008, and my uncle is fighting it right now. I saw plenty of skin cancer back in Australia, and I fear we do not take it seriously enough in this country. I'm uber-careful because of my pale skin, but these wristbands look like a great "idiot-proof" way to make us realize we've had too much sun for the day. They should pass these out in schools and raise awareness among children and teens!

  • Bert Dagnon
    Bert Dagnon
    3/23/2010 12:18 PM

    I came across UV SunSense at an outdoors show last summer. I am a fair skinned Irishmen and I have two teenaged dauthers that are also fair skinned.

    We are always getting overexposed but with UV SunSense - that problem is now gone. We are outside lots during the summer at softball games and soccer games and with UV SunSense, we don't worry about getting burned anymore.

    LOVE IT!

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:20 PM

    Thanks, Julia! We are seeing more and more schools, camps, etc. teaching the children about staying protected from the sun and including UVSunSense Wrist Bands to get the point across!

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    3/23/2010 12:24 PM

    This looks like a great idea EXCEPT for the fact it's disposable. Wish you could make one that could be used over and over. And when you're done with these can they be put into recycling?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:25 PM

    Hey, Bert, glad to hear that you are staying safe with UVSunSense! Thanks!

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:29 PM

    Lynn, The material is a #5 plastic and can be recycled with your other plastic recyclables. The band is a one-time use so you can effectively monitor just how much UV you are getting. Once the color changes, it can't go back.

  • Kate
    Kate
    3/23/2010 12:31 PM

    I love the visual cue for needing to reapply your sun protection. It's true that time flies when you're having fun and it's easy for too much time to pass and then it's too late. I love the suggestion to send them off to camp with your kids. Great way to make sure the people who are caring for your kids are in tune with your child's sun exposure. Is this good for all skin types? It seems a fair person would have to reapply more often than a darker skinned person.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:41 PM

    Kate, Yes, it is good for all Skin Types. The bands are calibrated to change color for a person with Skin Type II; fair skinned people and children of all skin types. The variable is the level of the SPF that your sun screen is. Someone using an SPF 15 would see the band change color faster than someone using a SPF 45. The bands acts like your skin when protected with sunscreen.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2010 1:16 PM

    This is wonderful and will undoubtedly keep many, many people safer in the sunshine. Absolutely a must-have for those with kids or those who burn easily. Kudos to your team Jon!

    Another product that we have previously featured as a Grommet was also created to keep children safe in the sunshine and is a great complement to today's feature. MFS Eyewear's Sunglasses for children provide 100% UVA and UVB protection and keep a child's eyes safe from the damaging effects of the sun.

  • Wayne Buder
    Wayne Buder
    3/23/2010 1:25 PM

    Finally, a product that takes the pressure off of parents in terms of monitoring their children's exposure to the sun.

  • liz
    liz
    3/23/2010 1:49 PM

    This is great, will you be doing anything during Skin Cancer Awareness month to alert people to this product. Where can we buy it in stores? Keep em coming.

  • Julia
    Julia
    3/23/2010 2:10 PM

    Katherine, I wish The Daily Grommet sold Doggles! :-) I'm a dog person, but I will tell my sister-in-law (the pediatrician with kids) about the sunglasses! I already told her about these wristbands. I love them - for kids AND adults.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 2:19 PM

    Liz, thanks for your question. Yes we are putting together plans with our public relations firm to be very visible during Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. There is even a special day called Melanoma Monday that all of the major news organizations cover to make sure people are getting the proper protection they need from the sun. As far as purchasing, you need to go no further than The Daily Grommet! They are offering the 7-Pack for $6.96 and three packs of 7 bands for $19.93 and Free Shipping!

  • Peggy Bergh
    Peggy Bergh
    3/23/2010 2:30 PM

    What a great product idea. Where can I find these? Summer is coming fast!

  • Jon
    Jon
    3/23/2010 2:35 PM

    Peggy, See the note above, although in my excitment, I did a typo on the pricing. The Daily Grommet has the 7-Pack for $6.95 and three packs of 7 for $19.95. Plus, once Memorial Day hits, they will be in most of the traditional food and drug stores!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    3/23/2010 2:53 PM

    I've tried it and it's great

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2010 3:04 PM

    @Julia - doggles - I think you're on to something!

    @Wayne - I completely agree...anything that helps us do our parenting job better is a winner in my book!

  • Amily
    Amily
    3/23/2010 6:44 PM

    1) My family's American Cancer Society Relay For Life team would no doubt be all over selling these as a team fundraiser at the event this year - it's outdoors for 18 hours straight. If it's sunny - which we hope it is this year - I would think they'd fly. Do you do any fundraiser type of packages where we could buy a bunch (maybe at a discount?), and sell them for a profit that gets donated to the ACS? 2) How long can these be kept unused and still work when they do get used? - in case it is NOT sunny this year and because we'll likely buy them for our team members to use at the very least and I wonder if we can save them until next year if it rains.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 6:58 PM

    Ann,

    I'm sure we can work something out. Please send your contact info to me at [email protected]

    Thanks!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/30/2010 4:33 PM

    Congratulations to UVSunSense for being featured by Dr. Oz as part of his healthy tan plan. Dr. Oz says "Try a UV wristband. This is an inexpensive method of monitoring how often you need to reapply sunscreen. The band will change color when it's time."

    You can read all of his tips at this link:

    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-oz-healthy-tan-plan

  • Amy S
    Amy S
    4/30/2010 5:13 PM

    Saw the wristbands on the Dr. Oz Show today (April 30th, 2010), they were used in the protection against sun tanning segment!

    From DR. OZ’S HEALTHY TAN PLAN, you will see that Step Three is to “Try a UV wristband. This is an inexpensive method of monitoring how often you need to reapply sunscreen. The band will change color when it’s time.” The Daily Grommet scooped him!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/15/2010 1:59 PM

    There was a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal about UV Sunsense's ultraviolet warning wristbands and the importance of knowing whether or not you are protected from the sun.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704324304575306730792757258.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

  • sabrina
    sabrina
    6/22/2011 2:06 PM

    Is band designed for and safe for a toddler to wear? I know there are chemicals in the band that cause the colors to change. Are they non-toxic for little ones?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/22/2011 2:30 PM

    @sabrina: Thanks for asking! The bracelets are made for children to use them, and we tested them on kids that we care about. We went to Jon for more information and he says there is no harm to the wearer or chance for any leakage should the band be cut. They passed the government testing requirements with flying colors as well.

  • michelle
    michelle
    7/16/2011 11:38 AM

    i saw these and thought wow i must get them. then i looked back and saw that they were disposable. i think this technology and relevancy in todays preventive health is great and ingenuitive. but with all the live strong type bracelets i believe this technology can be transferred into something that can be worn over and over hence more economically advantageous to the consumer and less waste in our environment. i hope the creator can re-invent his very clever wheel and i would buy a re-usable for my entire extended family and friends who already had facial skin cancer.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/16/2011 12:37 PM

    @michelle: Thanks for posting. Wouldn't that be great to have something that is reusable and reasonably priced! I have seen UV monitoring devices that are reusable but are very pricey. At this price, they are accessible to many more people. You could get one set and use them as a learning tool to see how often you really need to be reapplying sunscreen.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

UVSunSense

UV Exposure Monitoring Wristbands

Sun Savvy

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re playing or working outdoors. (Was that last round of sunscreen applied before your swim or after the bike ride?) With a wristband that monitors UV exposure, you can tell at a glance if you’re getting too much sun. Put one on each kid and adult, and you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the day’s activities.

UVSunSense wristbands change color depending on how long you’ve been in the sun. Each wristband starts off orange. Then after you apply sunscreen to
yourself and the band, the wristband turns purple, indicating that it has been activated. When the band turns brown, it’s time for more sunscreen. Yellow warns that it’s time to get out of the sun.

We heard about UVSunSense from Kelly McInnis, who is vigilant about protecting herself from too much sun exposure (and has gorgeous skin to show for it!) and wanted to share this find with the Daily Grommet community. The creators are Bill Luisi and Jon Horovitz (on the right), two entrepreneurs who founded UVSunSense to provide an easy way for people to make sure their sunscreen is still working and help avoid sun damage. Their wristbands are meant to get wet, so you can find out right away if that last jump in the pool dissolved the last of your sunscreen. It’s so much better than discovering a nasty sunburn later on.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jon
    Jon

    I am Jon Horovitz. I'm proud to bring to you a simple way for you to stay safer in the sunshine and am thrilled that Daily Grommet has chosen to share our product with you. With spring break and summer just around the corner, these bands should be a must-have accessory for everyone enjoying time outside. Let me know what questions you have!

  • Julia
    Julia
    3/23/2010 12:15 PM

    THIS is a great product. I love it and am thankful that The Daily Grommet team found it. Melanoma and skin cancer take lives. I saw a friend in Virginia who was only in his 30s die from it in 2008, and my uncle is fighting it right now. I saw plenty of skin cancer back in Australia, and I fear we do not take it seriously enough in this country. I'm uber-careful because of my pale skin, but these wristbands look like a great "idiot-proof" way to make us realize we've had too much sun for the day. They should pass these out in schools and raise awareness among children and teens!

  • Bert Dagnon
    Bert Dagnon
    3/23/2010 12:18 PM

    I came across UV SunSense at an outdoors show last summer. I am a fair skinned Irishmen and I have two teenaged dauthers that are also fair skinned.

    We are always getting overexposed but with UV SunSense - that problem is now gone. We are outside lots during the summer at softball games and soccer games and with UV SunSense, we don't worry about getting burned anymore.

    LOVE IT!

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:20 PM

    Thanks, Julia! We are seeing more and more schools, camps, etc. teaching the children about staying protected from the sun and including UVSunSense Wrist Bands to get the point across!

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    3/23/2010 12:24 PM

    This looks like a great idea EXCEPT for the fact it's disposable. Wish you could make one that could be used over and over. And when you're done with these can they be put into recycling?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:25 PM

    Hey, Bert, glad to hear that you are staying safe with UVSunSense! Thanks!

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:29 PM

    Lynn, The material is a #5 plastic and can be recycled with your other plastic recyclables. The band is a one-time use so you can effectively monitor just how much UV you are getting. Once the color changes, it can't go back.

  • Kate
    Kate
    3/23/2010 12:31 PM

    I love the visual cue for needing to reapply your sun protection. It's true that time flies when you're having fun and it's easy for too much time to pass and then it's too late. I love the suggestion to send them off to camp with your kids. Great way to make sure the people who are caring for your kids are in tune with your child's sun exposure. Is this good for all skin types? It seems a fair person would have to reapply more often than a darker skinned person.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 12:41 PM

    Kate, Yes, it is good for all Skin Types. The bands are calibrated to change color for a person with Skin Type II; fair skinned people and children of all skin types. The variable is the level of the SPF that your sun screen is. Someone using an SPF 15 would see the band change color faster than someone using a SPF 45. The bands acts like your skin when protected with sunscreen.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2010 1:16 PM

    This is wonderful and will undoubtedly keep many, many people safer in the sunshine. Absolutely a must-have for those with kids or those who burn easily. Kudos to your team Jon!

    Another product that we have previously featured as a Grommet was also created to keep children safe in the sunshine and is a great complement to today's feature. MFS Eyewear's Sunglasses for children provide 100% UVA and UVB protection and keep a child's eyes safe from the damaging effects of the sun.

  • Wayne Buder
    Wayne Buder
    3/23/2010 1:25 PM

    Finally, a product that takes the pressure off of parents in terms of monitoring their children's exposure to the sun.

  • liz
    liz
    3/23/2010 1:49 PM

    This is great, will you be doing anything during Skin Cancer Awareness month to alert people to this product. Where can we buy it in stores? Keep em coming.

  • Julia
    Julia
    3/23/2010 2:10 PM

    Katherine, I wish The Daily Grommet sold Doggles! :-) I'm a dog person, but I will tell my sister-in-law (the pediatrician with kids) about the sunglasses! I already told her about these wristbands. I love them - for kids AND adults.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 2:19 PM

    Liz, thanks for your question. Yes we are putting together plans with our public relations firm to be very visible during Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. There is even a special day called Melanoma Monday that all of the major news organizations cover to make sure people are getting the proper protection they need from the sun. As far as purchasing, you need to go no further than The Daily Grommet! They are offering the 7-Pack for $6.96 and three packs of 7 bands for $19.93 and Free Shipping!

  • Peggy Bergh
    Peggy Bergh
    3/23/2010 2:30 PM

    What a great product idea. Where can I find these? Summer is coming fast!

  • Jon
    Jon
    3/23/2010 2:35 PM

    Peggy, See the note above, although in my excitment, I did a typo on the pricing. The Daily Grommet has the 7-Pack for $6.95 and three packs of 7 for $19.95. Plus, once Memorial Day hits, they will be in most of the traditional food and drug stores!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    3/23/2010 2:53 PM

    I've tried it and it's great

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2010 3:04 PM

    @Julia - doggles - I think you're on to something!

    @Wayne - I completely agree...anything that helps us do our parenting job better is a winner in my book!

  • Amily
    Amily
    3/23/2010 6:44 PM

    1) My family's American Cancer Society Relay For Life team would no doubt be all over selling these as a team fundraiser at the event this year - it's outdoors for 18 hours straight. If it's sunny - which we hope it is this year - I would think they'd fly. Do you do any fundraiser type of packages where we could buy a bunch (maybe at a discount?), and sell them for a profit that gets donated to the ACS? 2) How long can these be kept unused and still work when they do get used? - in case it is NOT sunny this year and because we'll likely buy them for our team members to use at the very least and I wonder if we can save them until next year if it rains.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    3/23/2010 6:58 PM

    Ann,

    I'm sure we can work something out. Please send your contact info to me at [email protected]

    Thanks!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/30/2010 4:33 PM

    Congratulations to UVSunSense for being featured by Dr. Oz as part of his healthy tan plan. Dr. Oz says "Try a UV wristband. This is an inexpensive method of monitoring how often you need to reapply sunscreen. The band will change color when it's time."

    You can read all of his tips at this link:

    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-oz-healthy-tan-plan

  • Amy S
    Amy S
    4/30/2010 5:13 PM

    Saw the wristbands on the Dr. Oz Show today (April 30th, 2010), they were used in the protection against sun tanning segment!

    From DR. OZ’S HEALTHY TAN PLAN, you will see that Step Three is to “Try a UV wristband. This is an inexpensive method of monitoring how often you need to reapply sunscreen. The band will change color when it’s time.” The Daily Grommet scooped him!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/15/2010 1:59 PM

    There was a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal about UV Sunsense's ultraviolet warning wristbands and the importance of knowing whether or not you are protected from the sun.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704324304575306730792757258.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

  • sabrina
    sabrina
    6/22/2011 2:06 PM

    Is band designed for and safe for a toddler to wear? I know there are chemicals in the band that cause the colors to change. Are they non-toxic for little ones?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/22/2011 2:30 PM

    @sabrina: Thanks for asking! The bracelets are made for children to use them, and we tested them on kids that we care about. We went to Jon for more information and he says there is no harm to the wearer or chance for any leakage should the band be cut. They passed the government testing requirements with flying colors as well.

  • michelle
    michelle
    7/16/2011 11:38 AM

    i saw these and thought wow i must get them. then i looked back and saw that they were disposable. i think this technology and relevancy in todays preventive health is great and ingenuitive. but with all the live strong type bracelets i believe this technology can be transferred into something that can be worn over and over hence more economically advantageous to the consumer and less waste in our environment. i hope the creator can re-invent his very clever wheel and i would buy a re-usable for my entire extended family and friends who already had facial skin cancer.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/16/2011 12:37 PM

    @michelle: Thanks for posting. Wouldn't that be great to have something that is reusable and reasonably priced! I have seen UV monitoring devices that are reusable but are very pricey. At this price, they are accessible to many more people. You could get one set and use them as a learning tool to see how often you really need to be reapplying sunscreen.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.