Top 5 Areas People Miss With Sunscreen
“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” - Wallace Stevens
Sunscreen is one of the best preventive measures in protecting ourselves against skin cancer and damaged skin. But let’s face it, we have other things going on and we are lucky if we remember to put sunscreen on in the first place. If we do manage to put some on, most of us quickly try to rub some on our face and maybe our neck (if we think about it). But what about the other areas of our body? Here are the top 5 most commonly missed areas when using sunscreen.
#5 Your head
It’s a no-brainer to put sunscreen on your face but what about your scalp? It’s easy to miss, but skin cancer is no joke and your head gets the brunt of the sun exposure. Most of us don’t want to put on some greasy, oily lotion on our hair so this is why powdered sunscreen is a godsend for this area. Colorescience has a fantastic dry sunscreen that can be tailored to your skin tone and hair color so you can still get the protection you need without the unwanted greasy hair.
#4 Your feet
If you are constantly on the run, your feet are usually the last thing you think about, especially when it comes to protecting your skin. Particularly during those summer months when you go to the pool, beach, or pull out those really cute pair of sandals you’ve been waiting to wear, this area is often missed but worth paying attention to. Have you ever had a sunburn on your feet? It’s the worst. No socks, no shoes. Maybe flip-flops if you are lucky. Next time you plan to have some fun in the sun, take 30 seconds and put some sunscreen on your feet. Your feet thank you in advance.
#3 Your hands
There are two areas that show aging right off the bat. The décolleté (chest area) is one and the hands are the other. No one wants their hands to look like your 97-year-old grandma. We all love grandma, but we can do without having elderly-looking hands prematurely.
So far, we’ve covered the scalp, face, and neck, but what about the ears? Ears do not have any protection between them and those harsh UV rays. It’s an easy place to forget, but it’s one of the most exposed parts of your body.
#1 Arms and Legs
According to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, women have the highest rates of melanoma on their arms and legs. Protect your body against this by wearing breathable, lightly-colored clothing in addition to applying sunscreen over these areas. And don’t forget to re-apply! Most sun blocks last 60-80 minutes, so keep that in mind while you are enjoying yourself in the sun.
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