This is a collaborative self-initiated project with Esme Woodington. The aim of this project was to create a product that would act as a reminder for people to apply sunscreen to protect themselves against the risks of skin cancer. The outcome was two sunscreen flasks; a normal cream applicator and a spray applicator, both covered in photochromatic paint which change colour/pattern when exposed to UV rays. We carried across the effects of sun damage onto the bottles themselves; one turning to red to represent sunburnt skin, and the other turning freckled, to remind users that the same is happening to their skin.
These sunscreen flasks contain vacuum technology and are made from stainless steel so that the sunscreen remains cool and effective. In addition, they are also eco-friendly as they are reusable and refillable, reducing plastic pollution.
The idea behind the colour-changing feature is that users would be reminded to re-apply sunscreen upon the change in design. The majority of people aren't aware that their skin is exposed to UV rays even on a cloudy day, and therefore don't realise the effect it is having on their skin. Therefore, if their bottle is being affected, so is their skin.
After undertaking research it became apparent that the majority of people do not check themselves for symptoms of skin cancer and many are not aware of them. Therefore, our flasks visually demonstrate the top five warning signs of skin cancer and inform people what they need to look for. It also gives a friendly reminder to the public to check themselves.
These flasks would be distributed through vending machines along coastlines and beaches, also with a dispensary function which allows users to top up their sunscreen supply. This would give people the opportunity to apply sunscreen if they've forgotten to bring their own or didn't think that they would need it. Using a dispenser means that you only pay for the bottle once and then each time you refill it you are only paying for the suncream alone. The machine gives users the option to refill their own bottle or to purchase a reusable sunscreen flask which they can then fill. These machines inform users of the atmospheric temperature, level of UV rays and are also solar panelled in order to be more environmentally conscious.
We created a range of sizes for user's convenience; the smallest for portability and travel usage, taking into consideration aeroplane liquid limitations.
Alongside the sunscreen flask, users would also be given a sticker corresponding with their selected SPF number. This can be used to label their flask or own container as a reminder of the SPF number chosen for future reference.