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Your Story Series: Meet Varsha

Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Varsha

What is your name?

Hi, my name is Varsha Patel Robathan.

Describe yourself.

I would describe myself as caring, conscientious and sociable.

How did you discover your skin cancer / melanoma / skin condition and how long ago?

I was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease when I was 17. I am 31 now. I was told that I was allergic to the sun, this is part of the lupus symptoms I suffer from.

Last year I lost my mum and uncle and suffered a relapse in my condition. It was one of the most sunniest years in the UK on record and I wasn't as careful as I should have been. The sun contributed to a relapse in my condition.

My consultant informed me I needed to wear high factor sun lotion every day to prevent the sun causing another relapse. Even in the winter months I was told to use sun cream daily and also when I'm driving as the UV can penetrate through the car windows.

Suncream is so greasy, it's not the most comfortable thing to smear on yourself regularly. It is also difficult to remember to reapply suncream every 4 hours when your outdoors and busy working. Sticky hands when your driving is not great!

This is why I decided to have a look for high SPF clothing. I was looking online and came across Solbari. I ordered the Solbari driving gloves and recently ordered a wrap. They are great so light weight and comfortable!

Wearing Solbari clothing reduces anxiety for me, I can enjoy the outdoors and drive knowing I am protected, and don't need to worry about sun cream! I'm saving to buy a few more Solbari pieces to add to my collection!

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

I would tell my 16 year old self stop worrying about getting a nice tan every time your on holiday and cover up. Be sensible and enjoy life!

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

The Solbari Team



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