Hi, my name is Kara De Candia.
I'm a creative cat mom who loves all things outdoor! I'm born and bred in Queensland so have had plenty of sun since a young child.
I had a squamous cell carcinoma approximately 40 years ago when I was in my teens. There wasn't much info about skin cancers then so I had this odd thing on my face but didn't worry about too much. I was at my GP one day, for something unrelated and she happened to notice it and wanted it checked out. As soon as the results came back it was cut out, thankfully.
Very recently I was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma in the middle of my bottom lip which I'm waiting to have surgery on, ouch! Some years ago I received chemotherapy which left me with very sensitive skin so I now also have many sun spots and quite possibly more basal cell carcinomas.
My attitude toward the sun now is very different. I'm always concerned about how much exposure I get. I'm conscious of always wearing a hat or umbrella as well as using sunscreen.
I have always spent a lot of time in vehicles and I still do spend a lot of time driving. This means my arms and especially my hands are constantly in the sun, which is a concern. I normally wear long sleeved shirts which are often very hot, bulky and very limited sun protection. Sunscreens are a problem for me as they are full of chemicals and very messy.
Thankfully as a 16 year old I didn't lie in the sun for hours baking! I would say do more than wear a t-shirt over swimmers and more than just some sunscreen on my nose but try understand the power of the sun and we can really enjoy but in a healthy sensible way, getting sunburnt really isn't a part of summer!
I am so happy to find your product and I want more! I recently purchasedarm sleeves which I love so much, thank-you. They are comfy, they really do cool! You can't feel the sun sting through them and because they fit well they look really good! All this and UPF50+! This has made a big difference to my lifestyle!
Thank you Kara for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma, skin conditions and sun protection.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer the following questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.
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.