Beauty therapist Stacey King spray tanning at Be Waxed and Tanned in Byron Bay.
Beauty therapist Stacey King spray tanning at Be Waxed and Tanned in Byron Bay. Cathy Adams

State Govt bans sun-bed tanning

THOSE chasing that sun-kissed skin tone will no longer be able to source their ultra violet rays from solariums after the State Government announced a sun bed ban across NSW by 2014.

The move was announced on Saturday by NSW Minister for Environment Robyn Parker, who said there was mounting evidence the use of commercial ultra violet solaria tanning units or sun beds was associated with an increased risk of melanoma.

There are more than 100 businesses with registered sun beds in NSW.

While solariums in the Northern Rivers are rare, The Northern Star contacted one Lismore business with a solarium but they declined to comment.

The statewide ban will come into play from December 31, 2014, and was prompted by frightening statistics which show sun beds can increase a person's risk of melanoma by 41%.

"Solaria use is associated with a range of skin cancers, including melanoma, which is the most life-threatening form of skin cancer and the most common form of skin cancer among 15 to 39-year-olds," Minister Parker said.

Those wanting the sought-after golden glow will be left with the non-carcinogenic option of spray tanning.

Carla Preston, of Byron Bay spray tan and waxing salon, Be Waxed and Tanned, welcomed the solarium ban.

"I can't believe they have not done it earlier and I think the rest of Australia should follow suit," she said.

"The Australian sun is so strong and skin cancer is an obvious problem.

"(UV) is as bad for your skin and as a beauty therapist it goes against everything I believe in. I tell my clients how to look after their skin and solariums don't help this."

Be Waxed and Tanned beauty therapist Stacey King said their spray tan clients included former melanoma suffers.

"We do see people that have had melanomas before or have a history of it in their family," she said.

The Cancer Council has been relentlessly lobbying for the ban of sun beds for years, with the backing of Clare Oliver, a 26-year-old Victorian who lobbied to ban solariums before she died from melanoma in 2007.

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