Hi there, my name is Matt.
Active, love the outdoors, positive.
I am a trade qualified carpenter. So 95% of my work is outdoors in the elements.
Having grown up in a very active family, from a very early age I was participating in team sports whether it be football, tee-ball or cricket.
My parents taught me the importance of using sun cream and zinc to protect my face, but also the benefit of wearing a long sleeve shirt to cover my arms, and a bucket hat or broad brim hat to keep the sun off my neck and ears.
All throughout my life my dad has had "skin cancers" cut out from his chest and his back. This is all from years in the sun when he was younger surfing and being out with no sun protection on.
Just recently he has had to apply the cream on his face which brings out all of the sun damage nastiness and over a few weeks scabs up leaving the skin pretty raw.
It's not a pretty sight but it all comes down to him not having the education about what sun damage can do when he was younger. In 2020, we have that information and we know the consequences of what sun damage can lead to. So when I am out on the course playing golf, which is now my number 1 sport, I try to wear my long sleeve Solbari shirts to give me that added sun protection.
There's actually nothing cool about being tanned.
Also, young people are very partial to fashion, a broad brim hat or bucket hat can definitely make an outfit, you just have to be committed enough to wear it.
I would rather be able to enjoy my life with my family, playing the sports I love until I physically can't play anymore, all because I have been sun smart throughout my younger days.
Thank you Matt 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.