Beauty

Delayed Sun Damage – Pond’s UV Bracelet

July 12, 2016
I went outside for a short while and within 10 minutes of being exposed to the sun, i could already see slight changes in the colour. It was turning into a light peachy shade.

File 2016-07-12, 10 14 15Like most people, I am always on the quest of finding the best beauty/skin regimen. So, I do a lot of research on what could help improve my skin’s appearance and of course what could potentially be harmful to my skin. I make sure to follow reputable beauty bloggers on social media to learn about the latest in beauty tips. However, more often than not, I like to conduct my own beauty/skin “experiments”. So when the opportunity to test and learn about the effects of what is called Delayed Sun Damage, I could not pass it up.

What is Delayed Sun Damage you ask?! Well, according to recent research “scientific studies have revealed that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are so harsh that they can damage the skin right down to its deepest layers, for up to 12 hours after sun exposure. This phenomenon is called ‘Delayed Sun Exposure’ and it is the new enemy of flawless skin, resulting in uneven skin tone, dark marks and enlarged pores.” Hectic, right!? I am very certain that I do not want those kind of problems.

POND’s introduced me to their UV bracelet/armband which helps measure the effects of Delayed Sun Damage (DSD) to the skin. The experiment is quite simple: I wore the UV bracelet for one full day and while completing my daily tasks, I monitored the colour changes of the bracelet as that reflected whether DSD has had any effects.

I had to follow a few guidelines to ensure full effectiveness of the bracelet:

  • The bracelet should not be exposed to the sun/UV radiation when not wearing it.
  • No liquids on the bracelet.
  • No sharing of the bracelet from one person to the next during experiment.
  • No covering of the bracelet with clothing or accessories as expose to the sun is necessary for it to work.
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In the morning when I woke up I put on the bracelet it looked like so: A bright yellow colour, which is exactly how I received it.

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Two hours later, I was still in the house – I noticed no change in colour.

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I continued to stay indoors while wearing the UV bracelet for another hour, with absolutely no colour change taking place. Even though it was exposed to daylight inside the house, there was no sun rays coming in contact with it.

I went outside for a short while and within 10 minutes of being exposed to the sun, i could already see slight changes in the colour. It was turning into a light peachy shade.

I went outside for a while and within 20-30 minutes of being exposed to the sun, I could already see slight changes in the colour. It was turning into a light peachy shade. I went back into the house where there was no UV rays, however the colour did not go back to it’s original shade. It remained slightly peach.

Later on in the day I took a 40-45 minute drive to Pretoria, the bracelet was totally exposed to UV rays. Within about 15 minutes of it being in the sun, I started noticing a change in the colour.

Later on in the day, I had to drive out to run some errands. The bracelet was totally exposed to UV rays and again in about 30 minutes, I noticed that the peachy colour begun to darken into a stronger shade.

 

As you can see, the bracelet changed into a light peachy colour. On the colour scale, this indicates that the sun damage is 'moderate" in other words - mild.

As you can see, the bracelet changed into a light peachy colour. On the colour scale, this indicates that the sun damage is ‘moderate” in other words – mild.

Upon arrival, the colour had progressed even further. Peach colour was way more prominent.

Upon arrival, the colour had progressed even further. Peach colour was way more prominent.

I did however, notice that if I remained in an area with no sun expose, the colour did not progress to change. It remain the shade it was, which at this point was peach.

I did however, notice that if I remained in an area with no sun expose, the colour did not progress to change. It remain the shade it was, which at this point was peach.

After some time having been contact with the sun, I observed the colour of the bracele learning towards a more pinkish shade. And when I checked the colour scale, I learned that the colour pink is concerned "high" delayed sun damaged. Which let me know it's time to take cover and stay away from the sun. Enough experimenting for one. LOL!

After some time having been contact with the sun, I observed the colour of the bracele learning towards a more pinkish shade. And when I checked the colour scale, I learned that the colour pink is concerned “high” delayed sun damaged. Which let me know it’s time to take cover and stay away from the sun. Enough experimenting for one. LOL!

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It has now been 24 hours since my experiment begun and when I woke this morning, I was very interested in seeing whether the bracelet had gone back to its original bright yellow colour. The answer is no, it did not go back. Instead, it has remain the last colour it changed to. The very faint pinkish shade. Which tells us that sun damage, does not go away on it’s own. It needs to be treated with the right products. This proves that my skin and maybe your skin too, may later safer the consequences of Delayed Sun Damage. Uneven skin tone, dark marks and enlarged pores; however worry not. On my next blog post, I will be reviewing awesome products to help combact the effects of Delayed Sun Damage.

If you have any questions regarding my UV Bracelet Experiment, please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Ta!
MelMo
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2 Comments

  • Reply Phathiswa July 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much Mel for this. Its a wake up call for me . I tend to be ignorant when it comes to my face now i know its important to take care of it. I cannot wait for your next blog post. Im currently using solar defense booster with spf 50 from dermalogica am i on the right track ?

  • Reply Simpzet July 13, 2016 at 7:57 am

    A new post #yeppie

    Wow this is sooo interesting. I go on site like three times a month and sometimes the sun beats down on me sooo badly I have to top up my sunscreen that is if I’ve remembered to put it on in the first place. Where can one find the bracelet?

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