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Protect Your Skin: May 27th Is Don’t Fry Day!

Protect Your Skin: May 27th Is Don’t Fry Day!

School’s out which means the hot, sunny weather of summer is almost here.

With the warmer temperatures comes an increased danger of overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun while working or playing outside.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 68,000 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

You might think that wearing a hat or slapping on some sunscreen in the morning means that you’re protected from the sun’s damaging rays, but the NCSCP says that no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation.

To decrease your risk of skin damage, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Avoid intentional tanning, and using tanning beds.
  • Apply sunscreen generously.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
  • Seek shade.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand.
  • Get vitamin D safely through food and supplements.

A common mistake is thinking that you can’t get a sunburn because the sun isn’t shining. The NCSCP reminds us that most sunburns are acquired on a hazy day. Many people mistakenly assume that if it’s cool or cloudy outdoors they won’t get burned. They don’t realize that while clouds might block the heat (infrared) energy, the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays can still penetrate through quite strongly.

If you really enjoy the sun-kissed look, using a sunless self-tanning product and continuing to apply sunscreen can help greatly reduce skin cancer risk. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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12:07AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Thanks for posting this!

5:01PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thanks!

8:06PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

thanks

3:15PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Thank you

9:35PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Sunscreen with out chemicals.

11:59AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Noted with thanks.

3:25AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

dont burn day!

1:14AM PDT on May 29, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:38PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Thanks sun protection is very important.

10:19AM PDT on May 26, 2011

LOL Catherine I was thinking the same thing when I saw this article! This has been such a rainy, cloudy, dreery spring here in New England.
I really would like to find a good quality natural sun screen product...I don't even know where to begin...I'd love to make one myself but I don't know what to use to protect my skin.

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