“Your skin looks good,” said Dr. A at my recent checkup. “Unless you see any other odd spots, I don’t need to see you for a year.” He did take off a small mole on my tummy that was irritated but didn’t think it was pre-cancerous. Good thing I don’t wear bikinis anymore.
Since my mom had surgery for melanoma when she was post 50, I’m very conscientious about my visits to the dermatologist and staying safe in the sun. Growing up in the 60s, there wasn’t as much focus on sun protection. My mom worshiped the sun and usually had a deep Ban de Soliel tan every summer. I had a deep tan too and now I’m paying for the beach days of my youth with lots of wrinkles and dark spots on my face.
A Sun Protective Clothing Line
In addition to lathering on SPF creams and sprays, now there is protective fashion made with fabrics that block the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. I had a chance to try some styles from the Sundriven® brand and really like them. The founder Mitzi Runyan is from California and shared more details on why she developed the line and its benefits.
Mitzi Runyan is founder of Sundriven Age-Defying UV Wear.
“From my early time as a makeup artist for top luxury brands to more recent years in the Beverly Hills medical spa industry, one question was asked again and again: How old do I look?” said Mitzi. “While I did everything possible to help hide the aging on their face, the sun damage on their hands always gave away their true age. And no matter what I did, the sun would cause their wrinkles and lines to reappear.”
After her grandparents were diagnosed with melanoma, she decided to change her outdoor habits and find a way to enable women of all ages to embrace the outdoors while looking stylish and staying safe.
“I came to the conclusion that women need something new to protect them from UV rays year round: A highly fashionable, extremely effective line of products to protect their skin from sun damage and aging. Thus, the Sundriven® brand was born,” said Mitzi. Continue reading