The Most Common Areas You're Forgetting to Apply Sunscreen
Dermatologists share their thoughts on the important topic.
So you regularly apply sunscreen. Awesome work, friends. While you may slather sunscreen on your face daily and arms, legs, back, and stomach, too, for beach days, there may be some spots you're forgetting to apply sun protection. We reached out to dermatologists for some of the most common places people overlook.
Dedicated as we are to daily sunscreen application, we've been totally remiss in applying sunscreen to this sliver of real estate above our eyes. "The eyelids are probably the most overlooked when it comes to sun protection. An estimated 1-3% of all skin cancers develop here, so finding an ophthalmologist-approved SPF 30 for this delicate area is essential," says Dr. Audrey Kunin, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist and founder of DERMAdoctor, who recommends her DERMAdoctor DD Eye SPF 30, which also serves as a highlighter. Another great option for the eyelids? Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion.
2. Around the eyes and lips
In addition to making sure your eyelids have coverage, it's important to apply sunscreen in the area directly around your eyes, as well as your lips and area surrounding your pout, too. “As a facial plastic surgeon, I get a uniquely up-close view of the face as well as the damage caused by UV exposure. The most frequent complaints from even my youngest patients are fine lines around the eyes and the lips, and no surprise, these two vulnerable areas are among the most neglected sites for sunscreen application," comments Dr. Theresa Jarmuz, MD, an advisor to Kindred Skincare Co., who opts for Kindred's Bâton de Soleil and Première Défense stick sunscreens.
3. The lower leg
Don't make this common mistake."This area typically doesn’t sunburn frequently AND it is the last place people put sunscreen. However, we see a very high rate of skin cancer in this area due to the fact that it is often exposed with capri pants, shorts, and skirts," notes Dr. Amy Taub, MD, a member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and Medical Director and Managing Partner of Advanced Dermatology, LLC, whose go-to for sun protection is ISDIN's Eryfotona Actinica.
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4. The ears and the scalp
Don't miss these spots when you're applying sunscreen to your face. "Many men are aware that they should wear hats if they are balding but some just don’t feel comfortable, and then they don’t apply sunscreen to their scalp," says Taub. "Ears are a location that don’t get protected; baseball caps don’t cover the ears and women often pull their hair back in hot weather so that the ears are exposed.” Man or woman, be sure to give these two regions a shield from the sun.
Are you surprised by this list? If you're anything like us, it's clear we're going need to buy a few extra bottles of sunscreen to help protect our skin.