Hi, I'm Elle!
This is a tough one! I'm going to go with: inquisitive, imaginative and nature-lover.
As a teenager and young adult, I would slip/slop/slide (I have fond memories of those adverts from my childhood!) if I was doing a specific activity outside (like going to the beach or swimming), but I was rather oblivious to all of the incidental exposure to ultraviolet rays I was receiving whilst going about my day.
In my mid-twenties, I saw my darling grandmother lose large parts of her nose to skin cancer, which made me think more carefully about how much sun exposure I was receiving. I decided to start getting regular skin checks and encouraged my family to do so too.
At my first skin check, I sensibly purchased a hat which I dutifully wore while gardening and bushwalking, but I was too embarrassed (and vain!) to wear it out in public. As a consequence, I continued to get mildly sunburnt a few times each summer as I was going about my daily activities.
Late last year, I decided enough was enough and started researching how to better protect my skin. In addition to learning how to apply sunscreen properly (I wasn't applying anywhere near enough!), I started searching for SPF50 clothing.
A close friend recommended Solbari and I was thrilled to find a protective sun hat that I'd feel comfortable wearing in public (not that it should matter, really!). I rarely leave home without my hat these days and look forward to adding a few more to my collection.
Thank you Elle 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.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."