It’s people like Natalie who inspire and embody Solbari’s mission. So we’ve sat down with her to find out a little bit about herself and how she feels about the sun protection landscape in Australia.
Describe yourself / Who are you?
What is your attitude towards sun protection today?
My attitude towards sun protection is that sun protection must be worn ALWAYS! Sure, it’s been considered ‘daggy’ in the past but it’s not that way anymore. Sunscreens have come so far in their formulations and so have swimsuits and UPF50+ clothing. Sun safety is fashionable – we just have to embrace that attitude. Australia has the highest rates of melanoma and skin cancer in the world and that’s not a good statistic. It’s actually very terrifying. We need to be aware of that statistic all the time and do everything in our power to change it.
Is there anything you would like more young people to know growing up in Australia or hot climates today?
That you’re not in invincible, tanning is skin cells in trauma and cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter what skin tone you are or what your history is: cancer can happen to anyone and we need to be aware of that. We need to make sun safety an important factor of our everyday lives – not just at the beach - and we need to always strive to protect our skin. As it is our largest organ, it relies on us to be its best advocate so we must do our bodies that service. At the end of the day, our health is all we have so we must look after it.
The Solbari Team
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