Hi, my name is Bianca.
I am a university student playing plenty of outdoors sport, where I have become aware of the danger of sun damage.
I know it is imperative to protect my skin from UV rays and to prevent skin cancer, but wearing sun protective clothing is a love-hate relationship. Being a young adult in a world full of social media means image is everything, and fashion is queen.
Sun protective clothing is synonymous with dull and boring outfits. Being an active outdoor person, I have found my white knight Solbari. Solbari adds colour to my wardrobes. Solbari gives me a wide colour choice of stylish outfits without compromising my need for sun protection. The Solbarisun hat is my angel guarding my face, in the disguise of a fashion hat.
I used to be a typical teenager who wanted to fit in with everyone's fashion choice and hated being nagged. Forcing her to bring sunblock was hopeless, let alone nagging her to apply it. Bearing this in mind, I would use an interactive video game to tell my 16-year-old self about the importance of sun protection.
Celebrity facial care of course is a bait which will lead my 16-year-old self to the ultimate message of skin protection from the sun through real life stories of skin cancer. Utilising the power of YouTube, I would share real-life stories to trigger my adolescent self's emotions, which were always the driver of my behaviour.
I would also recruit an army of young healthy-looking models. They would be the main characters in drama series broadcasted through digital media, wearing all sorts of coloured stylish, sun protective clothing and accessories. I would no longer need to nag my 16-year old self to use sun protection.
My teenage self would subconsciously copy the fashion wardrobe of those characters whom she admired. We would share our fashion taste. I could showcase her my stylish wardrobe with a wide choice of colourful sun-protection fabric.
All these tactics would achieve my purpose of educating my 16 years old self about sun protection.
Thank you Bianca for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Not all clothing is created equal when it comes to sun protection. Regular summer clothes may have an Ultra Protection Factor rating (UPF) as low as 5.
A UPF of 5 provides little sun protection and lets large amounts of sunlight and UV rays pass through. This can lead to skin damage, premature skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun protective clothing as the best way to protect your skin against the sun's damaging rays. Solbari UPF50+ clothing, sun hats and accessories provide the highest sun protection rating for fabrics and block out 98% of harmful UV rays.