Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoorsy member of the family? How about his or her own personal UV monitor? With increased concern about the amount and intensity of skin exposure to harmful UV rays, a monitor might be the perfect gift for someone who spends lots of time gardening, hiking, swimming, or skiing.
Too much sun exposure has been proven to increase your chances of getting skin cancer, but it's hard to know how much is too much. The Suncast UV Monitor measures the amount of UV rays you're receiving, even on cloudy days or under water. This monitor is unique because you simply enter your skin type (based on the information provided) and the particulars of the sunscreen you're using. A built-in detector measures the sun's ultraviolet intensity and calculates the optimal exposure time. It even has an alarm that will sound once you've reached your limit.
The 2-inch-diameter Suncast UV Monitor comes as a wristwatch or in a clip-on form. For more information, contact Suncast.
Article published on December 6, 2005.