Lies told in bid for brown bod
By HELEN JACK firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHERN Rivers 'tan-aholics' are lying to solarium owners in a bid to get more tanning time, according to Erica Crawford.
The Frangipani Beauty Spa, Ballina, therapist said some people would visit more than one solarium in their quest for a brown bod and not admit it.
Ms Crawford uses a solarium to touch up her tan and even though recent press has highlighted an increased risk of skin cancer for anyone using the apparatus, she is confident its careful use can be of benefit to some.
Ms Crawford said spa staff carefully monitored their clients' use of their two solariums.
"Some people want to use it every day and we have to turn them away for their own safety," she said.
She said each client filled in a questionnaire with their skin type assessed for suitability for a solarium.
"We have about 70 clients who use our solariums, with about six people using them daily," Ms Crawford said. Spa owner Sue Marcon said the solariums in her spa were used according to the Australasian Solarium Association guidelines.
But Northern Rivers Skin Cancer Clinic's Dr Jeff Keir said the use of solariums cannot be explained away.
"A sun tan is the body's response to skin injury," he said.
"The dosage of ultra-violet light emitted by solariums is more concentrated than the sun and will cause more skin damage in a shorter amount of time."
Dr Keir said he had not seen any cases of skin cancer caused by use of a solarium within his practice.
"The number of people on the Far North Coast choosing an outdoor lifestyle with subsequent sun exposure far outweigh those choosing to use solariums," he said.
"But those numbers differ greatly in southern parts of Australia where the weather is cooler and the sun less intense."