Summer was a year older than me when she became a melanoma survivor (the most serious form of skin cancer). As a young twenty something year old, I understand the needs of looking beautifully tanned on your beach vacations. I tan in the sun sometimes by the poolside, I “forget” to wear sun screen occasionally (by forget, I mean I’m too lazy to put it on). Summer’s story wakes me up because as she was having these bad skin habits that most of us including myself overlook, even in Western Oregon – a region known for cloudy weather most of the time, she was diagnosed with melanoma. You don’t have to be old, you don’t have to live in the sunniest state (for crying out loud, my state Colorado boasts 300s of sunny days annually), skin cancer could happen to me, and to you.
Luckily, Summer survived melanoma as the cancer was diagnosed at an early stage. She now views her skin cancer as a gift because she has the incredible opportunity to change the course of someone’s life by sharing facts about sun protection. SUMMERSKIN was created with a mission to spread the awareness of how important it is to protect yourself from the harmful sun. At the same time, Summer wanted to create UPF clothing that is not only stylish but will give you sun protection as well. Previously, there were a lot of sport-centric UPF (ultraviolet protective factor) clothes out there for athletes, but nothing stylish enough for us fashionistas. That was when Summer started with her designs, dresses, blouses, skirts, things she herself, you and I would wear.
I took this UPF 50+ dress and UPF 50+ hat from her collection to Utah on our camping trip over Memorial Day weekend. The sun was hot, we were in the middle of a desert. So I put on sunscreen, threw on this comfy dress and this cute hat, packed several bottles of water for ourselves and the dogs and there we went. We took a 1 mile hike to this arch, such a beautiful work of nature. Even though it was hot and I was sweating, I felt like I did something right to protect myself against the harmful sun.
Check out SUMMERSKIN’s story and mission here. Even if you don’t want to purchase anything today, promise me one thing. This summer season when you go on a beach trip or lay out by the pool, when you’re at a July 4th BBQ, love your skin and remember to protect it: apply and reapply sunscreen every hour or so, wear UPF clothing if you have any, limit the hours you’re outside, especially during the hours the sun is the most harsh. Not only you protect yourself from skin cancer, it slows down the process of aging as well.
*Brought to you by SUMMERSKIN. All opinions are my own.*