Hi, my name is George Robinson.
Doting and proud Poppy.
I am originally from UK where the sun was absolutely not a factor in my childhood years. Although I still managed the occasional bout of sunburn as I recall. Although I have never really enjoyed being at the beach. Probably a blessing now.
Having spent 38 years in Australia and I think being typical stubborn male I certainly did not wear sunscreen or cover up for many years It wasn't something I placed as important. Even my wife gave up asking me to.
As the years go by I have had a few random spots appear and fortunately they have all been benign. Even so it made me realise I am not invincible and all the years in the sun have caused damage. And as I spend more time than ever on the water I knew I had to start being sensible. Also all the knowledge we acquire regarding the sun finally sunk in.
Every time out on the water I wear my hat and long sleeved polo. The legionnaire hat covers back of my neck fantastically. This is a usually neglected area on most people. Sunscreen on the nose. I do have regular skin checks too.
I guess as you get older you realise health is everything. Nowadays when we have the precious grandchildren I am the first to put hats on them and sunscreen. When I was, younger there was no awareness of skin cancers!
I did not arrive in Australia till I was 22 so I will go back to then. My baby son was born and I am horrified to admit I was not vigilant with protecting him from the sun. Once again not being aware and being complacent. He had his fair share of sunburn. So I would say I wish I could change that. And tell myself I am not invincible and sunburn is not cool. When I see young (and older too) lying, baking themselves on the beach or wherever I just shake my head. Tanned skin is not worth the risk.
Thank you George for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin form now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin ageing.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin ageing, sunburn, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen with a SPF rating above 30 should be applied to skin that is directly exposed to the sun.