“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.
“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.
Age-Deyfiying UV Wear
Mitzi tested her first line of products extensively to make sure the fabrics were not only comfortable and breathable, but that they protected the skin from harmful UV rays. She started with driving gloves because her research showed that hands are one of the biggest age giveaway zones of the body. “On average, a woman spends 800+ hours per year driving, exposing her hands to UVA/UVB rays. Talk about unintentional sunbathing,” said Mitzi. (Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win a pair of Sundriven gloves.)
Her clothing line quickly grew to include scarves, wraps, ponchos, and other apparel. The dresses are pretty and the fitness and athleisure wear is nice too.
Garments are eco-friendly and handmade in Los Angeles, California with Sundriven’s exclusive fabric technology PrioriTec™ which is 98% effective blocking UVA/UVB rays and tested UPF/SPF 50+. The fabric regulates skin temperature, keeping you comfortable in hot weather as it absorbs 50% more moisture than cotton or synthetic fibers while releasing excess moisture into the air.
Wrapped Up In Sun Protection
Mitzi provided me with two Millie Wraps — aqua and black — and a 7-Way Wrap in graphite. The Millie Wraps are perfect toppers for my yoga leggings. I took the black Millie and the 7-Way Wrap with me on vacation. Both packed well and came in handy for sun protection as I walked around Rome and during my stay on the Amalfi Coast in Positano. (Note: Watch for several blog posts to come about my fabulous trip to Italy. Can’t wait to share all the details!)
The 7-Way Wrap is especially nice to store in your handbag during summer days when you’re wearing a sleeveless top or dress. Or keep it in your beach bag to use with a bathing suit. You can throw it over your shoulders or wrap it around your waist for sun protection.
While I still use my Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Tinted Sunscreen on my face year round and spray or cream my body with a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen when exposed, having sun protective clothing is a great benefit for outdoor activities.
You can find all of Mitzi’s stylish age-defying UV Wear at Sundriven.com. Shipping and returns are free.
Shielding Your Hands From The Rays
According to Mitzi, women should continue to protect their hands from skin damage from the sun. “Over the next decade, commuting times will only worsen, especially in large cities. Women will be sunbathing for more than 52,00 hours over just 25 years while driving, where hands are exposed to harmful rays that cause those wrinkles, dark spots and, worse yet, skin cancer,” said Mitzi. It’s definitely a wake up call for me – what about you? My hands already have lots of spots!
Enter Giveaway For Sundriven Gloves
Mitzi was so kind to provide a pair of Sundriven Original Gloves (value $38) for a giveaway. Enter the Rafflecopter below. Share a comment about how you protect your skin from sun damage and maybe you’ll be a winner.