Whether one is a fitness freak or not, you can always see someone wearing a fitness tracker on their wrists. Due to their compatibility and multiple functionalities, fitness trackers are so in today. Fitness trackers are beneficial indeed, but sometimes at the cost of your skin. There could be times where fitness trackers cannot always be skin friendly and can affect sensitive skins leading to skin problems and irritations.

What are the effects of fitness tracker on skin?

Effects of fitness tracker on skin
Effects of fitness tracker on skin

People with skin conditions like eczema notice irritation on their skin when they wear fitness trackers around their wrists. A lot of other common skin conditions like skin irritation, peeling off of skin have been observed as well especially on the people with inflammatory skin conditions. And even if you are not suffering from any skin condition, the straps can be problematic too.

The trackers straps can cause bacteria, which then could come in contact with your skin. Although these bacteria are usually harmless but sometimes people suffering from skin diseases can get affected due to them and get infection or rashes on their skin.

How to Choose the Best Fitness Tracker for Sensitive Skin?

Fitness trackers can cause irritation but if taken proper precautions and measures they are wearable and not so harmful. While it’s important to take proper measure like not wearing the band 24*7 and cleaning the bands regularly, it’s also important to choose the right product and the right brand of fitness trackers whose straps are skin friendly and healthy.

8 Best Fitness Trackers for Sensitive Skin

  1. Xiaomi Band5 Smart Bracelet

Xiaomi has always been upfront with their products. After the success of Mi band 4, it launched Mi band 5 recently which is even more user friendly.

Xiaomi Band5
Xiaomi Band5

Xiaomi Band5 comes with an upgraded large screen- 1.1” AMOLED screen, 24 hrs smart sleep monitoring, magnetic charging, waterproof and supports over 11 sports activities tracking- walking, outdoor and indoor running, cycling, swimming pool, exercise, Indoor cycling, elliptical machine, yoga, skipping rope and rowing machine.

The screen vibrates upon receiving new notifications and shows detailed notifications that appear on it.

But the best part about this band is that its strap is made of silicone material. Silicone is healthy on your skin; it is non-toxic and eco-friendly. Because of this the band not only feels comfortable on your skin but also keeps it healthy.

  • Screen: 1.1” AMOLED
  • Band strap material: Silicone
  • Magnetic charging: charges in less than two hours and lasts for 14 days
  • 20% increase in display area than Mi band 4
  • 40% increase in the accuracy rate of the sleep analysis than Mi band 4
  • Upgraded professional sensor
  • Accurate monitoring of all health data including steps, sports pace and posture, calories intake.
  • Price on amazon.com: $38.80

2. Garmin Vivosmart 4

This is an expensive option but it provides you with all the features that there are except for GPS, even though its previous version had the GPS inbuilt.

Garmin Vivosmart 4
Garmin Vivosmart 4

If you’re a gym-freak, this band is best suitable for you, as it offers high end fitness tracking which most of other fitness trackers don’t.

The band strap is made of high quality silicone material and rubber making it skin friendly and environment friendly.

  • Screen: B&W OLED
  • Band strap material: high quality Silicone rubber
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Slim design
  • Waterproof
  • Display resolution: 48 x 128 pixels
  • Strap material: Silicone
  • No GPS
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Price on amazon.com: $87.77
  1. Amazfit GTS

This one’s a bestseller on Amazon, which looks similar in design as to Apple watch. It has variety of features and is one of the best fitness tracker that you can get, mainly because of it’s band material and quality.

Amazfit GTS

The band is made of flexible and waterproof silicone material. The band is not only lightweight but also is water and sweat resistant, and is also easy to dry. Because of its premium and durable quality the band is 100% skin irritation free.

  • Screen: 65″ AMOLED ALWAYS-ON DISPLAY
  • Band strap material: Waterproof Silicone material
  • Battery life: 14 days
  • 5 ATM WATER RESISTANT
  • Bluetooth music control
  • GPS: Yes
  • Corning Gorilla 3 Glass protection
  • 220mAh battery inside Huami
  • SpO2: No
  • Price on amazon.com: $129.99
  1. Amazfit Bip U

Amazfit bip U was launched this year by the company after huge success of Amazfit Bip S and Bip S Lite and is much cheaper than these previous two.

Apart from tracking sleep, swim and providing 60 sports modes it also provides menstrual tracking and stress monitoring.

The band strap is made of comfortable, soft, light and breathable silicone skin-friendly material. The band is quite flexible and soft to wear on skin, which makes Amazfit Bip U a perfect buy if you’re looking not just for amazing feature but an amazing and healthy strap quality as well.

  • Screen: 43-inch LCD
  • Band strap material: Silicone
  • 43-inch TFT display
  • Waterproof: 5 ATM
  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: 9 days
  • SpO2: Yes
  • 24×7 heart rate sensor
  1. Samsung Galaxy Fit 2

Samsung galaxy Fit 2 has a sleek and smart looking design and is also quite lightweight compared to other trackers. It tracks daily steps, total calories burned in a day, total water intake and sleeping patterns.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
Samsung Galaxy Fit 2

Galaxy FIT 2 comes with curved and full-color AMOLED display and also consists of more than 70 downloadable watch faces to customize your tracker.

Again, as we’re discussing of brands with skin-friendly strap quality, Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 comes with premium silicon band material with tapered design. The band is soft, flexible, comfortable, elegant and durable. It also comes with adjustable clasp for better adjustment for each wrist size.

  • Screen: 1.1-inch AMOLED
  • Band strap material: Premium Silicone material
  • 5 ATM water-resistant
  • GPS: No
  • Battery life: 21 days
  • 90 workout modes
  • 159mAh battery
  • SpO2: No
  • Price on Amazon.com: $59.99
  1. Fitbit Charge 4

This fitbit tracker comes with immense features similar to Fitbit Versa. It comes with a large screen and comes with GPS which was not present in it predecessors. It tracks heart rate, sleep and swim.

Fitbit Charge 4
Fitbit Charge 4

This light fitness tracker also includes Spotify app control to play your music. This is a bit pricey but the features it comes with is all worth the money.

The band comes with flexible, water resistant and versatile silicone material along with durable elastometer material. This makes the strap material healthy for skin for everybody.

  • Screen: Large PMOLED
  • Band strap material: Flexible silicone and elastometer material
  • Heart rate tracker: Yes
  • Waterproof: 50m
  • GPS: Yes
  • Battery life: 14 days
  • SpO2: No
  • Price on amazon.com: $147.36
  1. Honor Watch ES

Honor Watch ES is more of a fashion fitness watch which comes in lifestyle features and various exercise modes. It sends vibration alerts upon receiving notifications. The workout modes include running, walking, swimming, cycling and it provides over 95 different workout modes both indoor and outdoor and 44 animated exercise moves.

Honor Watch ES
Honor Watch ES

This Honor tracker has multiple dials for serving aesthetic purposes, though it doesn’t come with GPS and water resistance.

Honor watch ES comes with lightweight and comfortable, long and thin straps which are designed to suit every style and personality. The band is of breathable material and fits comfortably on your wrist.

  • Screen: 64-inch AMOLED
  • Heart rate tracker: Yes
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Battery life: 10 days on 30 minutes of fast charging
  • SpO2: Yes
  • intricate 2.5D glass cover
  • Music control
  • Price on amazon.com: $119.99
  1. Apple Watch 6

When we’re talking about fitness tracker how can Apple watch not come into the picture? The most expensive of the rest Apple Watch 6 comes with blood oxygen sensor inside and a S6 engine at its heart.

Apple Watch 6
Apple Watch 6

It checks hearts rhythm with ECG app. The all new retina display makes it possible to increase the rightness by 2.5 times when you’re outdoors or under the sun. Like other trackers, it also provides sleep tracking and also includes hand wash tracking.

When it comes to the band’s strap quality, Apple has the best of it. The straps are made of stretchable, soft and recycled yarn, interwoven with silicone threads; making them ultra-comfortable and healthy for your skin.

  • Screen: Retina OLED Display
  • Version: 40mm, 44mm
  • 20% Faster S6 SiP than series 5
  • Heart rate tracker: Yes
  • Waterproof: 50m
  • SpO2: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Battery life: 24 hours

All the fitness trackers mentioned here are all safe to use and skin friendly. Though it also depends on how you use it. It is recommended not to wear your tracker 24/7 and let your skin breath.

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