Don't Forget These Spots When You Put on Your Sunscreen This Summer

You may get a painful sunburn—or something worse—if you forget to apply sunscreen to these important places

Don't Forget These Spots When You Put on Your Sunscreen This Summer
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May 21, 2018

As we move into summer, it's not only important to know how to properly apply sunscreen, but also where to apply it! You might forget to apply sunscreen in some very important places, risking a sunburn or even skin cancer.

Where to Apply Sunscreen

If you're planning to have fun in the sun this summer, always protect your skin and don't forget these critical areas when you apply your sunscreen:

  1. Scalp
  2. Are you bald or balding? Do you shave your head or cut your head very short? You should be protecting your head with sunscreen and maybe even a hat. But even if none of these apply to you, you should apply sunscreen at any parts in your hair since they expose the underlying skin.

  3. Eyelids and the Space Between the Eyes
  4. Certain types of skin cancer develops in the areas around the eyes. If you don't want to run the risk of getting sunscreen in your eyes, make sure to wear a hat with a brim and sunglasses with lenses that block UV rays.

  5. Ears
  6. Cancers can frequently form on and around the ears. Don't forget to apply sunscreen here!

  7. Lips
  8. Lips can be a place at high risk of developing cancer, including those types that have the highest chance of spreading and reoccuring. Consider applying a lip balm with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30, which blocks about 97 percent of UVB radiation as opposed to SPF 15 which only blocks 93 percent of UVB radation.

  9. Neck
  10. It can be easy to forget the sides and front of the neck when you're putting on sunscreen. Make sure you remember these spots!

  11. Hands
  12. Many people wash their hands after applying sunscreen, but doing so leaves your hands exposed. If you need to wash your hands after applying sunscreen, don't forget to reapply enough sunscreen to protect your hands.

  13. Feet
  14. The tops of the feet burn quite easily and many people miss this place. When your feet are exposed, apply sunscreen to help protect them.