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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Today is ‘Don’t Fry Day’ (poll)


How likely are you to slather on the sunscreen before soaking up the sun this summer? (TOWN OF OCEAN CITY TOURISM OFFICE)
Anyone who’s seen a picture of a cancer-ridden swath of skin — or, for that matter, a photo of John Boehner circa 2006 — knows that sun exposure ravages the dermis like no other in terms of health, aging and overall leathery/orangey-ness.

In the spirit of keeping us safe and burn-free as we unofficially kick off summer this weekend, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has named Friday “Don’t Fry Day.”

As tempting as it is to strip down and soak up the rays sans sunscreen, the NCSCP offers the following sun safety tips:

— Avoid sun burning, 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 vitamin D supplements.

Still even with the best of intentions — we know none of you selected the baby oil option, right? — burns can and do happen, at which point you are probably willing to do any and everything to reduce the pain.

Some people pop OTC painkillers while others take oatmeal baths and rub on aloe vera gel; my mom swears by Greek yogurt masks.

Tell us: Do you have any sunburn remedies you swear by? Leave your tips in the comments below.

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