Don’t Fry Friday

A woman putting sunscreen on her face. Since Memorial Day weekend is known as the unofficial start of summer, it makes perfect sense that it would also coincide with Don’t Fry Friday. This is typically celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day, and its purpose is to educate people on the importance of wearing sunscreen and the dangers of overexposure to UVA and UVB rays.

So, let this be my unofficial PSA to you. If you’re not already wearing sunscreen daily, please start doing so! Trust me, your future self will thank you. 

This is also the time to start getting your kids into the habit. We all know the importance of SPF, especially during the summer months, but it’s just as important to wear it year-round, even on cloudy days. There are so many items on the market, whether you prefer a cream, stick, or spray. And with all the different types of formulations, there’s something to fit every skin type.
After a long winter and not too many sunny days, we’re all looking forward to spending lots of time outside, and of course, that’s a great thing. Getting out in the sun provides you with a good source of Vitamin D, which many people lack, and the sun helps put us in a sunny mood (pardon the pun). But we also have to make sure we’re enjoying the outdoors safely.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 3.5 million cases of skin non-melanomas diagnosed each year and over 76,000 cases of skin melanoma – most of which are preventable.

So please get in the habit, if you’re not already, of slathering or spraying on that sunblock for you and your entire family. And be sure to get a full-body skin check at the dermatologist if you’ve been putting it off. Let’s all have a happy and safe summer!


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