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Don’t Fry Day

Show Off Your Hot Legs—Safely!

Written on May 27, 2011 at 11:24 am , by

Seek out the shade and don't forget the SPF! (Photo by Denise Crew)

We’re all breaking out our cute sundresses and shorts here in the FITNESS offices now that we’re finally getting a little warmth and sun in NYC. And I’ve been thinking of all those beautiful bare legs after I learned from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise program that it’s the body area where 20 to 25 percent of all melanomas occur in women.

While I’m religious about using daily SPF on my face, I usually don’t think about protecting my exposed limbs unless I’m off to the beach or spending most of the day outside. So in honor of SunWise’s Don’t Fry Day (cute!) today, I’m vowing to start using a daily SPF body lotion to protect my whole body.

The organization’s catchy  “Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap” sun-savvy motto is now stuck in my head:

  • Slip on a shirt.
  • Slop on SPF 15+ sunscreen.
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wrap on sunglasses

More from FITNESS: You can take a two-pronged approach and tackle cancer prevention from the inside out too. Check out what to eat to beat skin cancer.