My name is Louisa, a proud mother of two young adult children.
My mothering nature of protecting my children has sharpened my perception of the sun which cannot be greeted with a light-hearted attitude. Premature ageing skin and skin cancer risk are my enemies. At the same time, to guard against the sun invasion does not mean I should give up dressing well.
My motto is to eat well, live well and dress well. An elegant outfit is a sign of self-respect and self-esteem. I missed my corporate wardrobe when I become a full-time mother whose outfit is so plain especially the sun-protective clothing. With Solbari I have found a wide range of ladies' sun-protective clothing and accessories with different colours and styles for me to choose. With today's advanced technology, sun-protective gear and fashion should not be mutually exclusive.
I am privileged to raise my children through their teenage years. They gave me the insight that relationship is the currency of persuasive communication. The Mother is the frontline role model to walk the walk and to talk the talk in the family. The Mother has countless opportunities to show case her good behaviour and attitude in front of her teenage children whose eyes are as sharp as eagle.
Take care of my skin. Regularly hugging and cuddling will make my 16 year old self enjoy touching and appreciating my healthy skin. Wearing the trendy sun-protective clothing will not embarrass my 16 year old self. As an unpaid chauffeur for my teenage children, I am sure wearing my driver's sun protective accessories every day will imprint that image in the brain of my 16 year old self. I would also tell my 16 years old self that wearing good quality quick-dry sun-protective clothing will make my appearance look better without the embarrassing sweat marks.
Thank you Louisa 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.