USE CODE LOVEMYSKIN20 FOR GBP£10 OFF ON ORDERS OVER GBP£50

Your Story Series: Meet Sonya

Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Sonya

What is your name?

Hello, I'm Sonya Matthews.

I live in Queensland, Australia, where summer lasts all year!

Describe yourself in 3 to 5 words.

Active, keen walker, sun avoider!

What is your attitude towards sun protection today?

I really dislike the sun on my skin and prefer to stay out of it. But I also love walking (longer distances) and so cover from head to toe when I venture out. I have never been so happy since the day I discovered Solbari and found I could have a gorgeous top to wear that covers everything I want it to, is soft on my skin, cool enough to wear in the hottest weather and comes in beautiful colours! Sun protection has always been so ugly and boring, until now!

I always wear high protection sunscreen/makeup on my face, and sunglasses. I add a legionnaires hat when I'm going walking. I wish I had protected my arms more as a younger woman, but at least my face has been pretty well protected and is holding up relatively well!

My mum, dad and mother and father in law have ALL had sun cancers or sun spots removed. I see so many people of their generation having similar treatments.

Now that we have a better understanding of the dangers, our younger generation can protect themselves better - especially with more choices of sun protection methods! Yet many younger people unfortunately don't believe the dangers and take few precautions against sun damage. It's so very frustrating!

I am thrilled, however, that my sons' school are very proactive about wearing hats for outdoor play. In time, the tide may turn to better sun habits by more people!

What would you tell your 16 year old self about sun protection?

You have red hair, fair skin with freckles and your ancestry is Scottish, Austrian and German. You are not designed to live in the Australian sun, so keep out of it! Do NOT sunbathe (even if your mother does) as you will not tan as your friends appear to! You will look younger when you're older, if you have less sun exposure now!

Thank you Sonya for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.

The Solbari Team



Also in Solbari Blog

Your Story Series: Meet Jen
Your Story Series: Meet Jen

It's all about awareness really, and people are aware, they just need to take it seriously and notice it more. Knowing the consequences and being mindful of how easy it is to avoid, life in general, being out and about, is much easier, happier and less painful.
Read More
Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Gary
Your Story Series: Meet Gary

I first discovered skin problems via a visit to a skin cancer clinic in our district twenty years ago and have had lots of varying treatments since, including surgery. The common reference was “this damage was done when you were in your teens and lived in the surf."
Read More
Which countries have the highest rates of skin cancer?
Which countries have the highest rates of skin cancer?

Australia is ranked 1st for melanoma incidence rates at 33.6 per 100,000 of population. This has equated to between 1,400 and 2,000 Australians dying from melanoma per annum in recent times.

Read more.

Read More