We are delighted to announce that SOLBARI won for the second year a Healthy Skin Award presented by The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.
We thank The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. for their ongoing support of SOLBARI and Galderma for sponsoring the Award.
The Healthy Skin Awards are presented by The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. to individuals and organisations "who strive for excellence through the effective provision of skin health services and the promotion of skin health."
Image below of some of Solbari's members (left to right): Mathieu Sampson with Co-Founders Johanna & Gareth Young.
Victorian dermatologists and prominent medical practitioners, business and community leaders, patients and supporters of the Foundation turned out in force to celebrate this great event.
Johanna and Gareth also wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the other four 2017 Healthy Skin Awardees:
Below is Johanna's acceptance speech:
I am truly honoured to receive this Award.
As I reflect on my journey at Solbari and the role that the Skin & Cancer Foundation has played over the years, it’s an important one.
I’ll share with you my story of how my relationship with the Skin & Cancer Foundation started.
Back in 2013, I’d just spent many months working with designers, fabric experts and traveled extensively to find the best fabric mills and factories. I had my first samples which passed the UPF50+ rating and I had a vision of what I wanted Solbari to become. A brand specialised in UPF50+ sun protection that would help Australians protect their skin from UV rays and help prevent skin cancer and melanoma.
The first Foundation that I contacted was the Skin & Cancer Foundation. My background is in finance, so it was all pretty intimidating to me when I picked up the phone and called the Skin & Cancer Foundation’s reception.
At that time, I was expecting that reception would take my name and number but I wasn’t sure if I would ever hear back from anyone.
Not at all… I called reception, was put through to Peter Monaghan, who then kindly invited me to come to the Foundation to have a chat and introduced me to Chris Arnold.
Both Chris and Peter showed a lot of interest about the brand, but more importantly they gave me confidence that my idea for Solbari could work.
They gave me valuable advice and helped me put together a plan of how we could work together. Since that meeting on the 18th of November 2013, the Skin & Cancer Foundation has invited me to numerous events, provided me with a stand at the Melanoma March to show Solbari products, to volunteer alongside them at Government House on Australia Day and more recently, they invited me at the ASM Conference in Sydney and generously introduced me to their network.
Since meeting Chris and Peter, Solbari is not such a small company any more. Our sales grew 1000% last year and we have customers in 45 countries. Our sales in the first 4 months this year surpassed the sales we had in 2016. I know that the Skin & Cancer Foundation’s help has been paramount in Solbari’s success.
To conclude, I would like to thank the following people for their ongoing help and support: Dr. Rosemary Nixon, Dr. John Kelly, Dr. Michelle Goh, Dr. Alvin Chong, Dr. Claire Higgings, Cara Kirwin, Leanne Sanderson and my husband Gareth, Chris Arnold and Peter Monaghan for believing in me and helping me make Solbari what it is today. Thank you.
If you would like to learn more about SOLBARI's UPF50+ sun protective products, please contact Johanna directly by email email@example.com.
Thanks for reading!
The SOLBARI Team
Getting to know your skin is probably the single most important thing you can do to help detect skin cancer symptoms. Check your moles regularly and keep a record of things popping up or growing on your skin.
If you notice any signs consistent with the list highlighted below that concern you or persist for two weeks, visit your doctor. There's a good chance that it's nothing - but why put it off? Early detection saves lives.
Modern sun protective clothing is produced from fabrics which are rated for their level of ultraviolet (UV) protection. This gives the fabrics their ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating.
A UPF is the rating used for Fabrics, whereas a SPF is the rating used for Sunscreen.
A rating of UPF50+ is the highest rating achievable on the market and blocks more than 98% of UV rays. All Solbari products are tested and rated UPF50+ in Australia.
Regular clothing such as a white cotton t-shirt or hat may only have a UPF of 5, equivalent to wearing SPF5 sunscreen.
Myth number 1: Sunscreen is all I need
The use of sunscreen is just one of a number of skin protection measures you should use every day. According to dermatologists, it should not be your primary form of protection and not your only one.
- Wear UPF50+ sun protective clothing that block UVA and UVB rays
- Wear a broad brim sun hat with a UPF50+ rating.
- Wear sunscreen with a SPF of 50+ on areas not covered by your UPF50+ clothing. Apply it 20 minutes before going out, and reapply every 2 hours....