Hi, my name is Varsha Patel Robathan.
I would describe myself as caring, conscientious and sociable.
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!
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
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.