SUN-SAFE CLOTHING DESIGNER
The Hannay family leads an active outdoor lifestyle. Little things like walking the dogs on the beach are incorporated into every day life and mum of three Lauren enjoys participating in local events like trail runs, the Magnetic Island to Townsville swim and triathlons.
“As a family we’re extremely active. We like to ride to school at least once a week and the girls all play team sports and participate in surf lifesaving,” Lauren says. “Leading the active outdoor lifestyle we do, it’s extremely important to my family and I that we make sun safety a top priority. I want my kids to be educated and mindful of the harmful effects of the sun in the tropics, while not feeling restricted.
“It’s about respecting themselves and respecting the sun. It’s also about understanding the times that they must cover up and wear sunscreen and the times that they can be exposed to small amounts of sun for Vitamin D levels.”
“Leading the active outdoor lifestyle we do, it’s extremely important to my family and I that we make sun safety a top priority.”
Lauren is so serious about sun safety she’s created her own brand – SML Lifestyle. You’ll find sun-safe activewear and swimwear, designed by Lauren herself, on her website.
“I started my brand because I got so sick of my kids wearing swim shirts that didn’t fit,” Lauren says. “My swim shirts and full body suits, which are made of 100 per cent nylon, are sun-safe and quite fitted so they don’t drag. I’ve also designed light cotton cover-up dresses for after swimming at the pool or beach.”
Lauren started out her career as a naturopath and after having her children became very passionate about nutrition.
“Instead of telling my children what to eat I try to educate them about healthy choices,” Lauren says. “It’s easy to make changes to your family life. Start small by adding an extra serving of vegetables to the daily diet.”