My name is Renee.
I am a 38 year old red-headed stay at home mother.
Living in Queensland, being a mother of three fair-skinned, freckly red-headed children (all currently under the age of five) and having had a sun spot recently removed from my face, I take sun protection much more seriously than ever before.
We are an active family, we love the outdoors and live at the beach so we are out in the sunshine every day. The sun feels hotter now than it did when I was younger and I am always terrified of my children getting sunburnt. I now know how precious their skin is and how dangerous the sun has become.
As a result, we never leave the house without 50+ sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. We never stay out in the sun during the hottest part of the day and we always wear long sleeve swimwear, hats and zinc at the beach.
It is difficult to get the children to wear sunscreen and hats in particular but we always reinforce the importance of these things and tell them "no hat, no play!"
I would warn my 16 year old self that sun protection is imperative and that if she doesn't protect her skin properly she will end up with lots of sun spots by the age of 35 (including one which will be removed from her face and leave a significant and noticeable scar) and lots of wrinkles!
I would tell her that hats and sunglasses are cool, to always wear them and to invest in the best quality ones such as the Solbari products! Likewise, I would tell her to invest in good quality high protection sunscreen.
I would warn her about incidental sunburn and how imperative it is to apply sunscreen before leaving the house each morning and to make it a habit like brushing her teeth. I would tell her to be particularly careful when exercising and swimming and always re-apply the sunscreen.
Thank you Renee 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."