My name is Larissa Hurrell.
Optimistic, down to earth and considerate.
My 67 year old mother has had endless skin cancers taken off her with the worst one being a basal cell carcinoma which was on her chest. The little lump was only a millimetre in diameter but it had spread across her entire chest underneath the surface. She thankfully is fine but was told by her surgeon to never get her skin exposed to the sun again.
From then on I have been vigilant about sun protection as I also have extremely fair skin. Discovering Solbari has been exciting for my mum and I. We feel that getting the right clothing has taken our sun protection to the next level.
I have recently purchased a stand up paddle board and having good sun protection was a necessity! The Solbari tights which I am wearing in the photo and I have since bought the zip through rashie are absolutely fantastic. The fabric breathes and dries quickly plus they are extremely comfortable to wear. I also coat myself in 50+ sunscreen, sunglasses and always wear a hat.
I would tell myself at 16 to not go into the sun without sunscreen and protective clothing, that you will never tan and you are only damaging your skin in the long run... when you get to your 30's the spots will start coming!
Thank you Larissa for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma and sun protection.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer the following questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.
I grew up thinking pale was beautiful till I started university in the mid 70s. Then I took a U turn and decided a tanned look would make me look more attractive. I went all out achieving a tanned look, lying out in the sun during the summer holidays, after my summer job hours and all weekends. That went on for many years.