PLACES YOU MIGHT BE MISSING WHEN APPLYING SUNSCREEN

We all know that we should put on sunscreen every time we are out in the summer sun. But there are some important parts of the body we often miss.
When is the last time you put sunscreen on your ears? These are among the places that people most often forget to apply sunscreen, says dermatologist Ayesha Faizan from Destination Skin.
The suns ultraviolet rays are the major cause of skin cancer. Dr. Ayesha Faizan believes that people can avoid most skin cancers by taking steps to protect themselves against the cellular damage these rays cause.

Here are 5 places that youre probably forgetting to put sunscreen:
1. Ears
Thanks to all their folds, the ears are not the easiest place to apply SPF. But they get plenty of sun, so dont skip them (yes, even if you have long hair). Dr. Ayesha Faizan says the ears are the third most common location for skin cancer.
Dont just lotion up the lobes, though, “I see skin cancers on all parts of the external ear, she says. Dr. Faizan continues, Behind the ears, including the crease behind the ear, is also a common spot where skin cancers form.
Apply a broad-spectrum cream sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to minimize your risk, and be sure youve covered all areas of the ears, front and back. And dont forget — wearing a hat with a brim and seeking the shade wherever you can are great ideas too.

2. Eyelids
The skin around your eyes is thin, and that makes it susceptible to skin cancer as well as signs of aging, like wrinkles and sunspots. Skin cancer on the eyelids accounts for up to 10 percent of all skin cancers, according to a study.
Many people refrain from applying SPF to the eyelids due to the sensitivity of the area, Dr. Ayesha Faizan states. For protection without the sting, go for a mineral sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide — you can find one thats formulated for sensitive skin. Alternatively, using an eye cream that contains SPF is also a good option to consider. Finally, dont forget your sunnies. Picking up a pair of sunglasses that offer UV protection is a great investment and can help further protect the eyelids from skin cancers and signs of aging that are accelerated by the suns rays.

3. Lips
You might not think of your lips as skin, but they are — and skin cancer can develop there, too. Luckily, protecting this area is simple. All you need is a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher, notes Dr. Ayesha Faizan. Using a lip balm with an SPF is good practice to help prevent the development of skin cancers and wrinkles in the area.
The hardest part will be remembering to swipe it on throughout the day. Dr. Ayesha Faizan advises reapplying your lip balm every two hours (or more often if youre swimming — check the product label to be sure).
And if you dont have a lip balm on you, dont stress:, just carry over the facial sunscreen onto the external lips.

4. Neck and Chest
You may diligently apply sunscreen to your face before leaving the house, but make sure you show your neck some love, too. About 20 percent of all new melanoma cases are found in the head and neck region. The neck and chest are also hot spots for skin cancer, and you should pay attention to these areas, recommends Dr. Ayesha Faizan.

5. The tops of your feet
A thick layer of dead skin cells protect the soles of our feet against the suns ultraviolet light. But the other side of your feet faces the sun directly when were wearing flip-flops and other skin-baring shoes. That makes this area especially vulnerable to the suns rays. So the next time you step out, make sure to treat your legs with an apt amount of sunscreen beforehand!

Sunscreen guidelines
Sunscreens are very effective when used properly. Follow these guidelines to get the most protection:
Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB protection), water resistant sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. The number indicates how well the product protects from the burning rays of the sun, explains Dr. Ayesha Faizan.
Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before you go outdoors. If you wait to apply sunscreen until you hit the beach, your perspiration makes your sunscreen less effective.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours while you are outdoors. Reapply sunscreen more frequently if you are getting a lot of sun, swimming or perspiring heavily.
Cover all exposed areas, including your face, neck, and the back of your hands.
Apply a generous layer of sunscreen. Smooth it on rather than rubbing it in. It takes 1 oz of sunscreen, which is a shot glass or golf ball amount, to cover an adults body.
Apply sunscreen under makeup.

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