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
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."