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
In 2016, Jarryd Roughead received life changing news, that what was once an innocuous spot on his lip was actually melanoma— and that it was spreading fast. We're so fortunate that Jarryd took the time to answer our questions about his experience as it pertains to sun protection, skin health and prevention and detection.
Coming directly from the sun, UV radiation permeates 90% of cloud coverage, and can reflect off the surfaces of concrete, sand, and even snow. That means even the cloudiest and coldest of days cannot shield us from UV exposure.