The incidence of skin cancer is on the rise in South Africa, so it’s vital to remember to protect your skin on a daily basis and become more aware of the damaging effects of UV rays. Recently, LA ROCHE-POSAY sent me My UV Patch – a digital breakthrough innovation aimed at changing bad sun habits into life-saving one. And I have to admit, I love the concept – I mean, beauty and tech! Now you’re speaking my language!

What is MY UV PATCH?

The first connected UV patch that educates you on how to play safe in the sun by measuring sun exposure. It works by using UV sensitive dyes that change colour when exposed to UV radiation, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the My UV Patch app.

The patch itself is almost like a second skin, with its flexible technology. It’s ultra thin and transparent, and its adhesive lasts up to five days. The patch is also highly water resistant and suitable for sensitive skin and children.

What kind information does the patch give you?

Users scan the patch using the My UV Patch mobile app, which analyses the varying photosensitive dyes squares to determine their UV exposure level. Through a smart algorithm factoring in the user’s personal data – phototype, skin type, location and weather data – the app generates essential information on what behaviours to adopt and even gives you personalized sunscreen recommendations.

How do you use it?

First, download the MY UV PATCH app from the App store or from Google Play.

Next, create your profile.

Apply your patch on any sun-exposed area

Scan your patch

Where can I get My UV Patch?

My UV Patch is available, while stocks last, from the month of October 2017, free with the purchase of any LA ROCHE POSAY Anthelios product through Dermastore .

Below is a video that explains exactly how My UV Patch works:

Did You Know?

Anyone can develop a Melanoma, but you are at greater risk if:

You have fair skin, eye and hair

You’ve had severe and repeated sunburn, particularly under the age of 15 yrs.

You’ve indulged in frequent sun bed tanning session

90% of skin Cancers are treatable if detected in time. However, skin cancer can kill you quicker than any other cancer.

I’ll admit, I’m quite a fan of LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS products. One of my all-time favourite sunscreens for the face is by the brand – can read more about it HERE. I’m also really liking the Anthelios XL Spray SPF50 (R295 available at Dermastore buy HERE) that is very water resistant, non-greasy and leaves no white marks. It can also be used on both the face and the body and is suited to normal, combination and oily skin types. Importantly, the formula offer protection from both UVA & UVB rays, contains an antioxidant that further protects the skin, and is fragrance free (fragrance can be a major irritant, especially for sensitive skins). It contains LA ROCHE-POSAY Thermal Spring Water, which reduces sensitivity with its soothing properties thanks to its unique selenium content – a mineral that protects cellular metabolism.

I’m also super keen to try the Anthelios XL Tinted BB Cream (R240 available on Dermastore buy HERE). This product not only protects the skin from UV rays, but also contains universal micro-pigments which absorb into the skin while adapting to any skin tone. So, while protecting your skin, it also minimises any uneven skin tone. It’s suitable for normal to dry, or dry & sensitive skin and can also be used by dry rosacea skin types. It’s not suitable for Oily or Combination skin (rather use Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch).

Be Sun Savvy This Season and Remember:

  • Excessive sun exposure is dangerous. Avoid exposure when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Do not allow babies and small children to be directly exposed to the sun.
  • Protect your scalp with a hat. Minimize damage to your eyes by wearing good quality sunglasses.
  • Choose a sun protection product suited to your skin type. Apply your sunscreen before going out in the sun. Remember to reapply frequently, especially after swimming.

Now watch the SUPER CUTE #CantEvenForTheCuteness, very informative video below that shows you how to carry out a quick self check.


Wow, love this technology. I love the sun but also know how bad it is. I can unconsciously bask sun for hours but with this little nifty tool, I will be reminded to look after myself.
And love that cute video!!

Clever idea! And great advice that can’t be repeated enough times. R

I know, Richard – so clever and innovative. Skin cancer STILL on the rise in SA, especially among people of colour, so it’s very NB to drive the Safe Sun message.

Hey Lalannie, I’m also guilty of basking in the sun for way too long, even though I know how dangerous overexposure can be! This year, I’m going to become more militant about sunning myself safely. And I know, that video literally melted my heart it was So cute. X

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