My name is Susan and I am the product of a youth of sun worshiping.
I grew up in an era were weekends were beach clad bikini baby oiled affairs and a sun tan the most fashionable accessory.
Looking back I am horrified at understanding the damage all those hours in the sun were actually doing and I am paying the price for now. Dozens of sun spots on my face, neck, chest, arms and hands frozen off, a Basal Cell Carcinoma on my shoulder removed (luckily found in time) on one of my annual skin check ups with my dermatologist along with managing SCLE Lupus on my scalp for the past six years (which is extremely sun sensitive) later my visits to the beach and time outdoors are now spent very differently.
I now don't so much as visit the clothes line without my 50+ sun protection hat and sunglasses. Visits to the beach alway include above with 50+ rash vest. Driving with 50+ gloves and on longer trips 50+sleeves and every morning applying 50+sunscreen. Shade seeking and NO SUNBATHING the new norm!
I have been invited to watch the tennis later this year and was excited to see all the everyday clothing Solbari has available! Will definitely be adding the Luxe Sun Wrap UPF50+ Sensitive Collection, Luxe Sun Wrap UPF50+ Sensitive Collection and Explorer Shirt UPF50+ Dry light Comfort Stretch Collection in my suit case.
Have chosen not to go in past years worried about the prolonged sun exposure but with the above and my usual 50+ hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, I have booked my ticket with confidence and peace of mind!
My message to those reading and if I could to my sixteen year old self; cover up, it does matter! Stay sun safe to look your best and be well now and later!
Thank you Susan 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.