Friday, 1 May 2015

June Bracelet Arrives in the UK - #BeSunSavvy


Last July I ran a post on the June bracelet, one of the most innovative beauty gadgets I’ve seen in some time.

The bracelet aims to help keep us safe in the sun by measuring UV levels at our precise location, and then warning us when we’re getting too much according to our skin type and hair/eye colour. It measures UV levels via a special sensor located on the bracelet, which transmits the real-time data to a phone app.

At the time of last year’s post the device was only available in the US – Apple’s flagship retail store in Covent Garden knew nothing about it when I spoke to them! But the June bracelet has just now arrived in the UK at Space NK here.

As someone who takes sun protection extremely seriously (I’m prone to melasma but everyone should worry about preventing premature skin ageing), this wearable beauty device truly appeals to me. The maker’s Netatmo have done a fine job of creating something that is attractive to look at.


The bracelet resembles jewellery more than it does a piece of computer wizardry. The strap is leather (it also comes with a silicon strap band for sports) and the sensor is made to look like a jewel - you can choose between a gold, platinum or gun metal black ‘gem’. 

As well as warning us when our sun exposure level is getting dangerously high, the app will give personalised tips such as what level SPF to use and when to pop on your sunglasses or hat. Some of this might be considered as a bit of a gimmick but when you’re stretched out on a sun lounger, soaking up the midday Spanish sun (mad dogs and Englishmen and all that!), it may not always occur to take the necessary protection steps.

The one face-wincing feature of the June bracelet for me, though, is the price. At £118 the technology doesn’t come cheap. Also at present it is only available for the iPhone 4s and newer models. An Android version is under development but Natatmo told me this week that a launch date has yet to be confirmed.

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  1. Oh they look lovely and if helps you with UV too, It be great for holiday x

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    1. I agree, it is lovely and stylish. Tx

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  2. Wondering why I've not heard of this before. £118 might be pricey but since a bottle of sun lotion is around the £9 mark I should think it will pay for itself pretty quickly because if you're spending less time in the sun, then you won't be wasting sun cream.

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    1. Yes, it's not cheap but protecting your skin from the sun is so massively important. I hope they bring the Android version out soon. I'm waiting on that as I don't have an iPhone. Tx

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  3. Oh my word, the things that are being developed! I knew nothing about this bracelet and the fact that it tells when the sun is too strong, or the time to start wearing a hat and sunnies! And I loved it! I have pale and sensitive skin and I avoid the sun like a vampire. In January I forgot to spread sunscreen on my feet (during a trip to a very sunny place) and now I have sun stains on them, that will remain for a long time, you can see when I take close ups from my shoes. So this device would have been of great help. I would buy it blindly now, so much it will help! Thanks for sharing this important information, I am eager to buy it!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Yes, it's on my shopping list (well the Android version) too. Tx

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  4. This sounds so interesting! Not heard of it before.

    Lorna | www.studsanddreams.com xx

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    1. It is such a great idea and so surprising that it's not been more widely written about. Tx

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