A patch that tells you when you've had a little too
much sun? I could certainly warm to the idea .
I can't say that getting sunburned has ever been much
of a problem for me in the
But the threat of global warming and the gloomy
expectations that temperatures will soar - even in
Canny researchers from the
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can be deceptive. Even after basting ourselves in all manner of oils and creams, too much sun can be potentially dangerous.
This new strip aims to give us some advance warning of when we're getting a little crispy.
Researchers point to the UV sensitive agent in the ink that reacts with a dye after exposure to UV light. These color-changing inks and dyes can be printed onto different surfaces such as paper or plastic, and used to detect high levels of UV light. Responsiveness can be tweaked depending on skin type, meaning no one should suffer red raw shoulders or burnt legs again.
Although there is now far greater awareness about the dangers of the sun, many still fall foul of overexposure. Typically, any sign of burning or irritation is delayed for four to eight hours after exposure, catching thousands of us offguard each year.
According to the charity, Cancer Research
Figures show that malignant melanoma incidence rates
With plans underway to start a consumer trial, and the University hopeful that full production and commercialisation could start later this year, there's now no reason for anyone to be left red-faced.