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Could a sun exposure bracelet protect your skin?

Maybe, but a Best Buy sun cream is a lot cheaper

June sun exposure bracelet

The June bracelet costs £79 while a Best Buy sun cream costs less than £5

The new June bracelet has been designed to measure your skin’s sun exposure and send you alerts via an app. But it’s not cheap at around £79. 

The June bracelet features a ‘jewel sensor’ (available in gold, platinum or gunmetal colours), which measures how much sun you’ve been exposed to over the course of a day. The accompanying app will then notify you of the best ways to protect your skin, such as moving into the shade. It also provides you with a summary of that day’s sun exposure and when the UV rays were at their strongest.

But this bracelet should only be part of how you protect yourself from the sun – you should always use sun cream in addition. 

In our recent sun cream tests, we found seven Best Buy sun creams – the cheapest costing less than £5 a bottle – and three sun cream Don’t Buys that failed to offer the claimed levels of protection.

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Protect your skin from the sun

Which? sun care expert Yvette Fletcher says: ‘While this product is an interesting one, ultimately being sun smart can be quite simple, and doesn’t have to be costly.

‘Wearing sunglasses and covering up, or seeking shade in the hottest part of the day is part of this, as is choosing a reliable sun cream, such as one of our Best Buys.’

You can find out more about how much sun cream to apply and how often, the difference between UVA and UVB, and much more in our guide to what you need to know about sun cream.

Which? sun cream reviews

This year we tested 15 different SPF30 sun creams, from pricier brands such as Piz Buin, Garnier Ambre Solair and Hawaiian Tropic, to more budget-friendly options from the likes of Superdrug, Calypso and Malibu.

Using human volunteers, we tested whether the sun creams really offered the sun protection factor (SPF) they claimed, and examined how effective different brands were in blocking both UVA and UVB rays. We also asked a panel of triallists to rate each product on what it was like to apply, its smell and what it felt like on the skin.

Visit our sun cream reviews to find out which sun creams are nice to use and will protect your family, and which will leave you exposed. 

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