UV Buddy is a small family run business based in the UK. Created by husband and wife James and Gemma when they decided to act on their concerns of prolonged exposure to the sun and the very harmful effects that ultraviolet light can have on your skin. They then decided to produce accessories in the name of UV buddies that would help raise awareness by providing adults and children alike with guidance and teaching them how to stay safe in the sun.


UVA rays can cause premature aging and wrinkling of your skin. UVA rays can contribute to more serious skin conditions and skin cancer, such as melanoma. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is believed to be also associated with severe UVB sunburns. And finally UVC rays are the most dangerous, but luckily these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and as very rarely reach the earth.

UV Buddy products come with state of the art color changing beads, each bead with different pigments that basically change colour under UV light and depending on the pigment added to each bead, colours will vary. Each bead works 50,000 times before the pigment is lost and will no longer respond to ultraviolet light.

We received two colourful UV Buddy bracelets almost two years ago, one for myself and one for Kayla. Kayla’s has a very cute teddy bear on hers and they both had a UV Buddy charm. I still remember the day Kayla got her UV Buddy bracelet, she popped it on and headed for the back garden when her little white beads began to glow a bright purple instantly. I’ll admit I was confused as it was a very cloudy day, there was no sun to be seen, I thought maybe it wasn’t working properly. I then read the information leaflet that came along with the bracelet and I will shamefully admit I was astonished to find out ultraviolet light can still shine through the clouds. Now I love the days when there is a dimmer of light shining from our bracelets when it’s raining, cloudy or even windy, it saves any arguments about applying suncream. It really is a great way of teaching then to protect their skin.


We still have a routine of checking our bracelets before getting dressed so we can decide how we will protect our skin from UV rays each day. This morning my two-year-old seen the beads glowing and popped his arms out and pointed at the medicine press for some cream. He may not understand the harmful effects of the sun but he knows he needs his cream on when the beads shine brightly.

I honestly think these bracelets should be in every school, crèche and home. It’s so important that we teach our children to protect their skin at a very vulnerable age. I would highly recommend UV-Buddy bracelets to everyone.

UV Buddy has a great range of products at very reasonable prices from school bag charms, phone accessories, bracelets, necklaces and more. There is something to suit everyone who would like to be aware of when to protect their skin. Check out their website for more information.

I received a UV Buddy for the purpose of an honest review.

19 Comments on Teaching Kids To Be Sun Safe With UV-Buddy | Review

  1. It’s scary isn’t it? My husband got 3rd degree sunburn on a cloudy day in Bali! He refused to put sunscreen on because it was so overcast. He’ll never, ever, ever do that again. The plane-ride home was agony — even his shirt against his skin hurt him. He didn’t realise the extent of the damage until he went to the GP at home. So bad. This is a great product!

    • Oh noh, something similar happened my partner a good few years back in Turkey, not 3rd degree though. We had just turned 18, very young and stupid. Safe to say he learned his lesson.

  2. Wow, it’s so scary, these are a fantastic idea though. I will definitely have to get some of those for the little ones to understand. At the moment it just consists of “I don’t want suncream on, why do I need suncream on?” …. “because you’re not going outside until you do” … maybe this will be a better approach for me?

    • It may help, my toddler put his hands out without been asked, he’s only two so he doesn’t understand the importance like the 6 y/o but he saw the beads glowing and knew he wasn’t allowed out to play with his cream.

  3. This is such a good idea. My sun got sunburn when we were in Thailand as it was overcast – it is hard to know and they just think if its not that sunny that they don’t need it x

  4. This is such a great product, the sun these days is so strong, even on a cloudy day. Luckily my boy willlingly lets me put sun cream on him – he’s seems to like it. Phew! x

  5. What a great idea, my twins are allergic to loads of suncream so this would help them understand when they need to try and stay out of the direct sunlight and cover up. Cute too!

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