Hi, my name is Gemma Baker.
Mummy to two amazing girls.
I am very wary about the extreme UV levels here in Australia, having just moved from the UK where it isn’t such an issue. My daughters are fair in complexion so I do what I can to protect them.
Having been told when I was younger that I have skin that would easily develop skin cancer, I’m extremely cautious. I use factor 50 on myself and my family, I try to use natural products to reduce the chemicals we’re exposed to as the need for protection is high.
I have a handy app which tells me the UV levels for the day and suggests the protection required. I find myself checking this throughout the day.
I would tell my 16 year old self, to not be silly and always use suncream and to realise one application is not enough, you need to reapply regularly. Also I’d tell myself that sun burn hurts! A lot!
Thank you Gemma 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."