Time in the sun

THE weather is heat­ing up, feet are hit­ting the sand and we're div­ing in to sum­mer. We ex­plore every­thing from tans to mu­sic.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

WITH sum­mer’s harsh sun on the hori­zon, it is get­ting more im­por­tant to Slip, Slop, Slap and avoid nasty sun­burns that can lead to melanoma.

But stay­ing sun smart does not mean miss­ing out on that bronzed sum­mer glow.

Op­er­at­ing her mobile busi­ness Bronze Es­sen­tials based in Como, spray tan tech­ni­cian Sarah Hull said more peo­ple were opt­ing to get spray tans to avoid sweat­ing it out in the sun.

“The sun can re­ally dry your skin out and ob­vi­ously can cause can­cer, so do­ing your own tan or get­ting spray tans is the health­i­est op­tion,” she said.

“Some of my clients like to be tanned year round; it’s a fast al­ter­na­tive to sun­bathing and gives a nat­u­ral look­ing re­sult.”

Ac­cord­ing to Can­cer Coun­cil Aus­tralia, sun ex­po­sure causes about 95 per cent of melanoma cases in Aus­tralia, putting sun­bathers at high risk.

But while the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s po­si­tion state­ment on fake tan­ning said it was the safest op­tion to achieve a darker colour skin tone, it could not be con­sid­ered pro­tec­tion from the sun.

Ms Hull said she sup­ported that state­ment and tried to keep clients as sun smart as pos­si­ble.

“I al­ways tell peo­ple not to for­get to wear sun­screen be­cause fake tan won’t pro­tect you.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d445352

Sarah Hull, from Bronze Es­sen­tials, is gear­ing up for a sum­mer of spray tans.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445352

Sarah Hull with her spray tan equip­ment.


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