National Don’t Fry Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Friday, May 26th. There are until the next observance.

National Don’t Fry Day is observed on the Friday preceding Memorial Day (the final Monday of May), which this year occurs on May 26. Yes, the pun is intentional. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated it as a reminder for everyone to safeguard their skin as they welcome summer and prepare to enjoy the great outdoors. It is also intended to increase awareness about sun safety practices and the detrimental consequences that excessive sun exposure may have. The organization’s motto for National Don’t Fry Day is “Slip, slop, slap, and wrap”: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen with the necessary SPF (30+), slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap some snazzy sunglasses on those eyes!

📆 When is National Don’t Fry Day?

This year, National Don’t Fry Day is on May 26th. It is the 4th Friday in May; in 2024, it is on Sunday.

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📜 History of National Don’t Fry Day

We cannot afford to ignore skin cancer since, according to certain figures, one American dies from it every hour. Skin cancer comes in a variety of forms, with basal cell carcinoma being the most prevalent and melanoma being the deadliest. Following preventative measures and keeping an eye on your skin is more than enough to keep the danger at bay, because early discovery of skin cancer can help treat it.
Some people may be concerned that taking these measures would transform them into vampires, but they shouldn’t be. Simple precautions like checking the UV index before going outside and avoiding the sun around midday (when it is at its strongest) don’t interfere with the majority of activities. It’s also crucial to allow your body to make vitamin D naturally by spending around 10-15 minutes each day in the sun. The finest sunscreens to use are those that are organic, but you shouldn’t rely just on sunscreen to protect you. Every two hours, it needs to be reapplied liberally. To protect your lips, don’t forget to get some SPF chapstick as well.

☑️ National Don’t Fry Day facts

Be generous with sunscreen
There’s a reason why the term “slather” is commonly used with sunscreen—use it even on foggy days.

Seek shade
Don’t throw it away; look for it, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Get Vitamin D safely
Vitamin D can be obtained through other sources, such as supplements and meals high in it.

Things to do on National Don’t Fry Day

Get creative and spread awareness
Why not make your own entertaining version of “Slip, slop, slap, and wrap” on Tik Tok or Instagram to educate people about sun protection precautions and raise awareness about the dangers of UV ray exposure? Follow significant skin cancer prevention pages or accounts to help spread the word. Technology may be a great help at times.

Support parks and rec organizations
Join the National Council on Skin Cancer Awareness and commemorate National Don’t Fry Day by purchasing an automated sunscreen dispenser to assist parks and outdoor recreational facilities in providing free sunscreen to guests. Assist the movement’s growth.

Grow some aloe vera
We cannot laud this modest succulent enough for its numerous advantages to the skin and the body as a whole. It’s not only simple to grow inside and out, but it’s also a natural air purifier and fantastic for treating sunburned skin. Don’t take our word for it; test it for yourself!

📅 National Don’t Fry Day Observances

2023 May 26 Friday
2024 May 26 Sunday
2025 May 26 Monday
2026 May 26 Tuesday
2027 May 26 Wednesday

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