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How Sunburn Alert UV Wristbands and Stickers Work

Sunburn Alert UV Wristbands and Stickers make it fun and easy to remember to reapply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun or cover up.

Our patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays. The bands work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults. Can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

  • Color change is sun activated
  • Sunscreen is applied to skin and the stickers or bands
  • Bands and Stickers are disposable - One day use
  • Waterproof - Great for both the pool and the beach
  • Work with any sunscreen
  • Wristbands are adjustable to fit any size wrist- both kids and adults
  • Please recycle after one day of use

How they work:

Step 1: Apply Sticker or Band
Peel sticker from its backing and apply firmly to the back of hand or secure wristband on wrist with printed side up leaving enough space to insert 2 fingers

Step 2: Apply Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen liberally and evenly to the skin and sticker or wristband following exact directions on the sunscreen label. For best results, sunscreen should dry for 15 minutes before getting wet. 

Step 3: Reminder to Reapply
When the sticker begins to turn blue or the wristband begins to turn red, this is your reminder to reapply sunscreen. Reapply to skin and sticker at the same time following the exact directions on your sunscreen label. When sunscreen is reapplied to the sticker, it will change back to its original color.

Step 4: Additional Reapplication
Reapply sunscreen as needed following step #3 above. After one days use, gently peel sticker off of the skin or remove wristband by pulling narrow end out of slot and then pull through the top hole and recycle.


Sunburn AlertTM stickers and wristbands remind you to follow your sunscreen's directions. When wearing a sticker or wristband, always keep it exposed and not covered by clothing. While stickers are safe and non-toxic, to prevent the risk of mouthing, chewing and choking, due to stickers being a small part, DO NOT use with children under 3 years old. Stickers are not toys and they comply with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. Do not apply stickers to the face.


This product does not contain a sunscreen and does not protect against sunburn. Repeated exposure of unprotected skin to sun may increase the risk of premature skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects to the skin even if no sunburns occur. The use of Sunburn AlertTM stickers or wristbands, combined with limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and careful use of sunscreens may reduce the risks associates with sun exposure. Such protective measures cannot eliminate the risks presented by sun exposure.

Please recycle sticker and carton after use.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sunburn Alert Products

The information below provides answers to some of the most common questions we receive about Sunburn Alert stickers and bands. If you can’t find the information you are looking for or need more information about our products, please contact us to speak with a customer service representative.

How do the bands and stickers work?

There are special patented photo-chromic dyes imbedded in the band that change colors when exposed to the UV radiation of the sun.  This is the same damaging UV radiation for which we use sunscreen to protect our skin when we go out into the sun. 

Why do I apply sunscreen to the band or sticker?


By putting sunscreen on the band or sticker, it will mimic the protection (SPF) the sunscreen is giving your body.  There is no more guessing on how effective the sunscreen is.  The band or sticker will indicate that with color changes.


When do I put sunscreen on the band or sticker?

Put your first application of sunscreen on to the sticker or band at the same time as you apply to skin. 

How long will it take before the colors change?

It depends on how much UV radiation you are getting, but it will generally turn light purple in 1-2 hours on a sunny day with minimal clouds. Sunny, summer days, between 10AM and 4PM are the maximum times for UV exposure. If you are in the shade, you will get less radiation and the band will not change color as quickly. 

When do I reapply sunscreen and how many times can I do it?

The sticker or wristband reminds you to reapply when the color begins to show (blue for stickers, red for wristbands) and of course, follow the directions on the bottle of sunscreen that you are using for re-applying. Re-applying will reset the color of the sticker or wristband back to original white color. 

Can the band be used in water?

Our products work in pool water or salt water at the beach. What matters is the sunscreen! Sunscreen can wash off your body in the water. If that happens, it will also wash off the sticker or wristband. Stickers are designed with medical grade adhesives to allow you to swim as you usually would without it coming off. So certainly, wear the sticker or band in the water!

Can I wear the band for more than one day?

No. The band is designed to work for one full day.  Do not use a partly used band the next day. The band does not measure time or temperature, it only measures UVA & UVB emitted by sun. Once the day is over, dispose or recycle (plastic code 5).


What if I do NOT put sunscreen on the band?

This is not recommended since the band is calibrated to work with all SPF sunscreens. It is not advised to go outside in intense sun for more than 15 minutes in the summer without sunscreen and proper protection. Without sunscreen, the band's color progression will move much more quickly, and could give a false reading.

What kind of sunscreen will work with the bands?

The band is calibrated to work with any sunscreen.  Any kind of sunscreen is fine to use, including lotions, creams, or sprays.  What is important is that you properly cover your entire sun-exposed skin and the band with sunscreen for best protection.

What more should I know about spending time in the sun?

JADS International recommends the following sites regarding sunscreen use and spending safe time in the sun:

The Skin Cancer Foundation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The American Melanoma Foundation 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Association
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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