How To Pick The Right Brand Of Sunscreen

Image courtesy of Jeff Wilcox.

Image courtesy of Jeff Wilcox.

June means the official start of summer, whether you’re counting by the end of the school year or the official calendar date. Americans will trade in jackets for towels, and days cooped up for those spent lounging by the pool. But regardless of whether you’re wearing short shorts, a wide-brimmed sunhat, or stylish maxi dress, there’s one thing you should not leave the house without – sunscreen.

Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, you do just that. A recent study found that only 14% of men and 30% of women regularly wear sunscreen, putting themselves at risk for skin cancer.

The rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has risen 250%  for children, adolescents, and young adults since 1973, according to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. And it doesn’t matter if you burn or not,  by not using sunscreen, you’re putting yourself at risk for cancer.

“Anyone can get skin cancer, so everyone should take steps to protect themselves from the sun,” stated Dr. Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

So what is the ideal brand of sunscreen?

According to the AAD, it’s one that is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure the sunscreen says those words on the label, or else you may just be getting protection against sunburns and not against skin cancer and early aging.

Although the AAD’s website doesn’t list specific sunscreens, here are a few that meet that criteria: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, Banana Boat Ultramist, Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Ultra Guard, Sun Bum Lip Balm.

You can learn more about picking the right sunscreen, preventing skin cancer, and sunscreen application tips on the AAD’s website.

Infographic courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Infographic courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Zazzy Lets You Design Your Own 3D-Printable Jewelry

Screenshot of Zazzy.me

Screenshot of Zazzy.me

Zazzy is a website that allows you to create your own 3D-printable jewelry. As the site’s motto says, “You do the chic, we do the geek.”

The process is simple: pick your jewelry, design it, and then Zazzy prints it for you. There are several types of jewelry that you can pick from to design, including necklaces, bracelets, and rings. For most pieces can customize the text, font, color, and some symbols; for others, you can design the shape as well.

The website is intuitive to use, but taking the design you’re imagining in your head and translating it to the jewelry can be a tad challenging. (For reference, check out my attempt to make a peace sign above.) I admit it’s easier to create text-based jewelry, which you can already do on other websites.

For those who are more talented in the design arena, Zazzy has also launched a marketplace. Artists can  upload sketches, choose their material, set profit goals, and then open online stores.

The marketplace is also great for those who want some 3D-printed jewelry, but don’t have the patience to hand-craft the design themselves (like me). Plus, there are already some creative statement pieces for sale. I recommend checking out Atomic Lotus in Silver by Scott Lewis, which is depicted above.

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The Momento Pearl Is Reinventing The Locket

The Memento Pearl stores digital memories, accessible by any NFC-enabled smartphone.

The Memento Pearl stores digital memories, accessible by any NFC-enabled smartphone.

Lockets are meant to store precious memories, an occasion or person that shouldn’t be easily forgotten. But in a digital world, the locket hasn’t gotten much of a redesign – until now.

Galatea has created The Momento Pearl, a modern locket that digitally stores pictures, audio, or text. Using an app, you can record a message on a high-tech ‘pearl’ that can be played on any NFC-enabled smartphone.

The Memento Pearl smartphone app.

The Memento Pearl smartphone app.

The app looks simple, and the concept is brilliant. The question is whether the technology will be around as long as a picture in a locket.

However, it could be worth a try since the sterling silver necklaces start at $130. If a sterling silver necklace doesn’t sound appealing to you, the company is also putting the technology into various materials and styles, including rings and earrings.

Their Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded last week, with the original shipment scheduled to go out in time for Mother’s Day (awwww). They’ll also be sold on pearls.com later this year.

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The Wearable You Draw On Yourself

Image courtesy of dextroannie.

Image courtesy of dextroannie.

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, developed a smart ink that becomes a functional sensor when drawn on the body or other objects, essentially creating a wearable that’s more body art than machine.

The researchers filled off-the-shelf ballpoint pens with high-tech bio-inks that react with various chemicals. The ink then acts as a sensor that is able to determine blood glucose levels when on humans or the amount of pollution on plants.

Right now the prototype can measure glucose and pollution levels, and that’s a good start. There are already wearables that can allegedly track the amount of calories taken in by measuring your glucose levels, and the potential for wearable ink seems endless. The researchers foresee it being used by physicians, consumers who want to health data, and the military.

Currently this ink is in the research stage, but the engineers do have a track record for getting word out about their innovations. The same team of the engineers are behind the temporary tattoos that can also detect blood glucose levels, which made rounds on popular medical technology and science websites earlier this year.

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Ringly Is The Prettiest Wearable Yet

Ringly puts the power of technology on your hand.

Ringly wraps the power of technology around your finger.

As their website touts, Ringly allows you to “stay connected in style.”  The chic ring vibrates when you receive important notifications, so you can keep focused on what’s important instead of constantly checking your phone.

RinglyApp-Notifications

Using Ringly’s app, you can choose which calls, texts, emails, apps, and alarms you want to be alerted about. You can also change the settings as necessary, so you aren’t disturbed by work on a Saturday night or are sure to be notified when your doctor calls when you’re out on the town.

The ring also has different colors and vibration patterns, so you can differentiate a meeting reminder from a phone call.

Ringly comes in four colors and are available in ring sizes 6, 7, and 8. You can pre-order from Ringly’s website with orders shipping this Spring.

I couldn’t find any major reviews of Ringly, so I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see if the product lives up to the hype.

Would you use Ringly? What do you like? What is it missing? Let us know in the comments below!


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The wearable to keep you safe in the sun

Image Courtesy of sunfriend.com

Image Courtesy of sunfriend.com

Getting your daily dose of sunshine is important becasue it helps keep your blood pressure low and energy levels high, but as we all know too much of it can trigger early-onset wrinkles and skin cancer. So how do you know when you’ve gotten just the right amount of sunshine? Well, now there’s a wearable that will let you know when it’s time to find shade, SunFriend.

SunFriend is a wrist wearable that monitors your exposure to UVA+B radiation. It allows you to set a sensitity level based on your skin type and then flashes when you’ve had enough sun, so you can hit the shade or put on some sunscreen. It’s also sport-friendly, can (obviously) stand the heat, and is also waterproof up to 9 feet.

The best part about SunFriend? It’s available for purchase now from Amazon.

CES 2015: A Personal Trainer for Your Skin

Oku iPhone App Image courtesy of getoku.com

Oku iPhone App
Image courtesy of getoku.com

Oku, one of the many health technology devices showcased at CES this week, evaluates your skin and makes recommendations to keep it (and you) healthy. The small, handheld device scans your face and gives you a score based on its health. It also analyzes any imperfections or abnormalties to give you feedback on its moisture, texture, wrinkles and pigmentation. Once Oku has done its full evaluation, it gives you a Skin Health score and a goal to strive for. The iPhone app also gives you lifestyle, dietary, and product recommendations to help you reach your goal. According to Rahul Mehenale’s interview with TechCrunch, the skin care device will likely ship this spring, and you can pre-order it for $299.