My name is Catrina.
I love going to the beach or just simply sitting under the sun.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with Systematic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune which my immune system attacks healthy tissue in my body. It can affect skin, joints, kidney, brain and other organs in my body. I was advised by my specialist to avoid the sun as it may trigger/exacerbate my disease.
My skin itches or develops rashes, or I begin getting sick if I stay too long under the sun without sun protection, that’s why for years I avoided the sun and stayed cooped up inside the house. I hate using sunscreen because it's sticky or it stains my favourite clothes.
I began reading journals about patients having the same disease and discovered sun protective clothing. My Google search directed me to Solbari. I like the style of Solbari shirts, polo plus the textiles being use have a higher percentage of biological cotton instead of 100% polyester. The hat also provides good protection for my face although I still apply sunscreen on my face and parts of my skin thats not covered by my Solbari clothing.
If most women retouch their make up every time, for me its retouching sunscreen and making sure that my body is protected against the sun. With Solbari clothing I have more time outdoors because I don't have to put sunscreen on my body and worry about stains.
Use sun protective clothing all the time when going outside and make sure to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours because sun can damage your skin and it may take years before your skin repair itself. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body which protect us from microbes and other element.
In return we should take good care of it and sun protective clothing is one of the best solution for people like me who hate sticky, oily sunscreen.
Pictured: my recent holiday in the sunny Philippines.
Thank you Catrina for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
UPF 50+ is the maximum sun protective rating achievable for fabrics.
UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and is the sun protective rating measure for fabrics.
UPF50+ means that only up to 1/50th or 2% of ultraviolet radiation is able to penetrate the fabric which has been tested.
A fabric which has been awarded a UPF 50+ rating by the Australian Government is considered to provide excellent protection.