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.
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.”
Sarah Hull, from Bronze Essentials, is gearing up for a summer of spray tans.
Sarah Hull with her spray tan equipment.
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