You may get a painful sunburn—or something worse—if you overlook these places

Woman Wearing Sunscreen and Hat / Don't Forget These Spots When You Put on Your Sunscreen This Summer
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June 08, 2017

Most people know how to properly apply sunscreen, but what about where to apply it?

This may seem like a simple question, but in reality there are several spots that people routinely forget to slather in sunscreen when getting ready to go outside. The best case scenario is that this will lead to a bad sunburn. The worst is that it may lead to cancer.

If you're planning to have fun in the sun this summer, don't forget these areas when you put on sunscreen:

  1. Scalp
  2. Those who are bald or who shave their heads probably know that they need to protect their heads with sunscreen and, preferably, a hat too. But even those with hair are at risk of sunburns in the area where their hair parts.

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

  5. Ears
  6. The ears are another spot where cancers frequently occur. Don't forget sunscreen, and a hat will help here too.

  7. Lips
  8. According to Dr. Joel Cohen, a dermatologist and professor at the University of Colorado and the University of California, our lips are one of the places at most risk for cancer, and cancers that crop up here have the highest chance of spreading and recurring. Your lip balm should have an SPF of at least 30, if not higher.

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

  11. Hands
  12. If you remember to apply sunblock onto your hands at all, you may forget to reapply after washing them. Try to remember to reapply every time your hands have been in the water.

  13. Back
  14. According to the American Cancer Society, men are especially at risk of developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer, on their backs. If you don't have anyone to help you put sunblock on those areas you can't reach, keep a shirt on.

  15. Feet
  16. The tops of the feet burn quite easily. When you go barefoot or in sandals, put sunscreen on if you don't want regrets when putting shoes on again.

References: Consumer Reports: "How to Apply Sunscreen to Commonly Missed Spots," Everyday Health: "8 Spots You're Not Applying Sunscreen"