The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day”


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The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is spreading the word that the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day. The Council want to encourage sun safety awareness by reminding everyone to protect their skin for sun damage whilst still enjoying the outdoors on Don’t Fry Day and every day.

Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a (UV blocking) clothing, slop on BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses.



Don’t fry day

Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat 3inches at least, and sunglasses.
  • Apply BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen generously (remember it takes 20 minutes to even start working, so plan ahead and apply 20 minutes being going out in the sun).
  • Avoid sun burns, tanning, and using tanning beds.
  • Seek shade between 10am and 4pm.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand. Remember reflective surfaces increase the intensity of the rays.
  • Get vitamin D safely through food and vitamin D supplements.

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.



Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Using a sunless self-tanning product and continuing to apply sunscreen can help greatly reduce skin cancer risk.

People with lighter-toned skin are more at risk of UV damage, although people of all races can and do develop skin cancer. If you have a family history of skin cancer, lots of moles or freckles, or a history of severe childhood sunburns you are at a higher risk of skin cancer.

It’s never too early to start educating your children to be sun smart using jewelry with color changing beads that react to UV light can be a big help as your kids get to become UV detectives!

Minimizing the dangerous effects of unprotected sun exposure, should be a life-long practice for everyone.


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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14 Responses to The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day”

  1. Reblogged this on cornfedcontessa and commented:
    Please don’t forget the sunscreen!

  2. I am in no danger there!! I am now photosensitive so my problem is a lack of vitiamin D. But I shall be reminding my children (although I do like them to get some sun exposure for the vit D). Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  3. pamsyarns says:

    Such a useful post. Thanks for the reminders.

  4. sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen!

  5. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Important message – wearing white doesn’t protect your skin much either, nor wearing synthetics. A thick dark coloured cotton is the most effective even if it is that little bit hotter to wear.

  7. Two Weevils says:

    So if you try on two shirts, and one’s cuffs cover your thumb knuckle, and the other’s would never get wet while washing dishes, do you know what you must do? Choose the lesser of two sleevils.

  8. Great photo of the bikini shape burn. Certainly grabs the attention.

  9. The two most common places people get BCC (basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer) are ears and noses because they stick out and tend to get missed with the sunscreen. So make sure to put sunscreen on your ears and nose!

  10. pascalleah says:

    I was SLATHERED anywhere I was exposed! *LOL* 🙂

  11. bonnev659 says:

    what spf do you normally use? i work outside and also enjoy the outdoors but I always looking for improvements here

  12. never too late to wise-up
    great post and blog!

  13. carlyraef says:

    Great post! thank you

  14. alexraphael says:

    I’m very pale-skinned so has always been vital. Amazing how many people don’t, especially as so easy to plan for. Great post.

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