Skin Cancer Awareness, Pt. 3: Dressed to the Nines – Sustainably Sourced and Fashion Forward UPF 50+ Clothing

Christie Covarrubias-

Think of all the times you’ve been out on a sunny day, only to find yourself hours later with a terrible sunburn. The painful, hot feeling of the burn and skin damage may have felt temporary.

But what if it wasn’t?

Did you know that More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour and having 5 or more sunburns in your life doubles your risk for melanoma? So, now I bet you are realizing how serious this is.

There are so many ways to stay sun safe, but when it comes to covering your body, the simplest way is with clothing and not just any clothing.

What if you could find clothes with the sunscreen built in? Great news! You can! UPF clothing has been available to many in the water sports and fishing world for a while. They are great options, but what if you want something stylish to wear daily that is made with beautiful luxe eco-friendly fabrics. Fabrics that are created with superior UVA and UVB sun protection naturally, without chemical treatment or enhancements

This leads me to my guest Christie Covarrubius. She is the CEO and co-founder of SUN50 apparel co.

Sun50 is a female led sun protection clothing brand on a mission to disrupt the apparel industry and elevate skin cancer awareness. Sun50’s products are made in the USA. They are fashion forward, sustainable, and ethically made, designed and developed by a successful team with over 40+ years of combined experience in the sun protective clothing industry. 

So, what would inspire Christie to start a sun protective clothing company and want to save lives by elevating skin cancer awareness? Could it be a history of tanning beds or long days on the water and sunburned skin growing up?. 

Today you will hear the heartfelt story of her connection to melanoma and she shares the importance of her purposeful mission to help others. 

“I love the Sun. I try to live my life without fear. I don’t want people to be afraid of the sun. I don’t want people to have fear of UVA exposure. I just want people to be aware. They say that the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99% when detected early. Let’s not live in fear. Let’s embrace every single day as much as we possibly can. It’s just about helping each other out. Being aware of how we can cover our down side.”

I hope Christie’s touching story about her cousin Reneé’s  fight against melanoma opens your eyes to the importance of sun protection.

Although Renee did EVERYTHING she could to fight it, melanoma still took her life within 10 months of discovering her mole. 

Christie truly believes if they had known about the importance of skin cancer prevention growing up or early skin cancer detection, it’s quite possible Reneé would be alive today. 

Sun50 evolved from Christie’s profound determination to build a successful company with a heartfelt and purposeful mission to help others. Sun50’s goal is to provide quality upf clothing and elevate skin cancer awareness and promote the importance of skin checks for E V E R Y O N E. No person, ethnicity, or skin tone is skin cancer exempt. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting one in five Americans by the age of 70.  

Sun50 fabrics have been granted the prestigious Skin Cancer Seal of Recommendation for meeting UV testing criteria which indicates safe and effective sun protection.

You can learn more about Christie and Sun50 at

Share your stories with Christie at

Instagram @sun50official

Don’t forget to #CheckYourself – Sun50’s May Skin Cancer Awareness campaign

Melanoma is the second most common cancer in adolescents and the most common cancer in young adults under 30.The Claire Marie Foundation was created because young people shouldn’t be fighting melanoma. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Don’t get sunburned.
  • Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad- spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. Find sunscreen by searching our Recommended Products.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
  • Get all the details: Your Daily Sun Protection Guide. Skin Cancer Prevention PDF.

Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse was established to serve the needs of inner city girls & boys from the ages of  5 to 18 living in the Greater Philadelphia area. Eyekonz will be using field hockey and lacrosse as a tool to teach live lessons like: hard work, sportsmanship, self-discipline, healthy self-esteem and coping with adversity. The girls & boys learning field hockey will gain knowledge of how to learn the basic skills, as well as advanced skills.

Listen to this important episode to hear more.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer

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