There was a time in my youth when I threw caution to the wind. My family basked in the sun and I balked at the thought of sun protection. Then I had Miss M, whose skin was so white it was translucent. Mama Bear kicked in and it became my job to protect this child we nicknamed, “Powder”. Admittedly, I told the other children they, too, would wear sunscreen and use sunblock clothing if only to make their sister not feel “alone”.
Then my dad came home with the news of skin cancer and my need to protect my children grew even more intense. Last summer, I came home from the dermatologist with three burns and slices to my face and the news that their office would contact me within the week to let me know if the skin removed was cancerous. My heart sank. Fear mounted and my need to cover us up and protect us became my mission.
I’m a mom and I can tell you I am always worrying about something. I want my family to be safe. I want us to be on time. I want us to eat healthy, get enough rest, meet our challenges, be happy and it goes on and on. Peace of mind comes in many forms and sun protective, versatile and fashionable apparel is a great way to ease my mind.
Just because I want to protect my skin and my families from the sun doesn’t mean we need to be reclusive. In fact, we love being outdoors. Craghoppers, the UK’s most popular brand of outdoor apparel, has just launched their first line of sun-protective clothing. SolarSheild debuts in the US this spring and summer.
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book, being a Bon Jovi fangirl and celebrating the little things.
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