ALL ORDERS SENT WITH FAST DELIVERY VIA DHL EXPRESS

Your Story Series: Meet Phoebe

Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Phoebe

What is your name?

Phoebe Jean.

Describe yourself in 3 to 5 words.

(Sun) smart, funny and kind.

What is your attitude towards sun protection today?

I have very fair skin and auburn hair. I recall experiencing a couple of bad sunburns as a younger child and becoming more aware of sun protection from my late teens onwards. I think this was probably due to having a number of family members being diagnosed with melanoma.

I had my first skin biopsy (on my face) just last year - luckily it was good news. I also have quite sensitive skin and have had a lot of difficulty with sensitivity to sunscreens. I have tried many different formulations and brands to try to find something that my skin can manage.

That said, I am a big fan of sun-shirts, hats, umbrellas and decent sunglasses. All of these things have made me even more conscientious about protecting my skin and also of wanting to share this message with others.

What would you tell your 16 year old self about sun protection?

I would tell my 16 year old self not so worry much about looking too pale in comparison with my friends who had what were typically considered to be "great Aussie tans." That my pale skin doesn't make me "unhealthy" rather it is just my natural complexion.

I would tell myself not to get upset at people who make jokes about the weather when I was using an umbrella in the sun… (if I had a dollar for every time someone made a smart remark about the weather when I was using an umbrella for the sun, I would be a very wealthy person by now!!) I would tell my teenage self that using a sun umbrella might even become fashionable someday.

I would say to myself that, in the future (and in my lifetime), we will start to question the stereotype of the beautiful Bronzed Aussie and begin to challenge it. That we will recognise the damage that the sun can have on our skin and we will start to focus on sun-safe practices in day-to-day life.

I would tell myself to continue to look after my skin every day by wearing sunscreen even on cloudy days.

Thank you Phoebe for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.

The Solbari Team



Also in Solbari Blog

Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Andrew
Your Story Series: Meet Andrew

I'm big advocate for sun safety, so I'm very proactive with looking after my skin. I'm always pushing my friends and family to be more sun safe, I think most know the effects of the sun, but not to the extent they should. Most don't seem to understand the UV index, and how quickly you can get burnt in the middle of the day. There's still a long way to go for sun safety education!
Read More
Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Barbara
Your Story Series: Meet Barbara

As a teenager growing up in England my favourite summer pastime was sunbathing with friends. I have been extremely lucky to have not developed skin cancers (to date) and I am willing to start to take better care.
Read More
Your Story Series: Meet Jen
Your Story Series: Meet Jen

It's all about awareness really, and people are aware, they just need to take it seriously and notice it more. Knowing the consequences and being mindful of how easy it is to avoid, life in general, being out and about, is much easier, happier and less painful.
Read More