Hi, my name is Natalia Kelly.
Brave pursuer of Motherhood, grateful, ever improving.
In my 20s I can remember laying in the sun, hour after hour, waiting for my timer to go off to alert me to flip over, like a piece of bacon roasting under a heat lamp in a diner. My mother, a survivor of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, impressed upon me the importance of changing my attitude toward the sun and protecting myself.
Now I am a 36 year old mother of 2 and I am more safe than ever in the sun. We live in the Arizona desert and enjoy our pool time and ocean trips to Mexico. Covering ourselves is a top priority! I wear my Solbari hat day in and out, at the playgrounds, walking across parking lots while I run my kids around in the Arizona sunshine. It's a lot more fun to play outdoors while I know their skin and health is safe and well managed.
Don't tan! You are beautiful just the way you are!
Thank you Natalia 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 aging as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin from now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin aging.