It's incredibly important to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen and to re-apply every 2 hours or less. With that said, let's jump right into it. Here are the top five places where you should always remember to apply sunscreen:
1. Around the Eyes. This especially means the corners of your eyes and under-eye region. Many sunscreens are too harsh to put around the eyes as the skin in this area is very sensitive much like the mouth/lips. If you have sensitive skin in general, look out for fragrances, mineral oils, dyes, and alcohol may all be triggers to breakouts. Look for sensitive skin and eye-friendly sunscreens to cover this and other sensitive areas.
2. Around the nostrils. Unfortunately the bridge of the nose tends to be the main area that people focus on when applying sunscreen. The inside creases as well as the area around the nostrils are missed often and sadly this is one of the most common places where Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC skin cancers) form later in life.
3. Ears. The ears are often overlooked when applying sunscreen, especially behind the ears up the hairline. Those with short hair will need to be extra vigilant in the sun, as this is another vulnerable spot much like under the nose when it comes to developing skin cancers. Hats also provide extra protection especially for the tops of the ears.
4. Upper hairline and scalp. Depending on your hairline, it is important to make sure that you are applying sunscreen not just to your forehead, but up to where your hairline starts. It also is helpful to apply sunscreen directly onto any partings in the hair, as the scalp is one of the most common places where skin cancer develops. In hot weather the scalp will sweat, so make sure to re-apply. Furthermore, ask your hair stylist to let you know of any suspicious spots when they style your hair.
5. Tops of Feet. If you're planning on wearing sandals, flip-flops, or going barefoot - make sure to slap the sunscreen on your feet! The tops of feet are extremely sensitive and burn quickly if not protected as we tend to only be aware of shade covering our heads/arms. As our legs and feet tend to be submerged the most, be sure to re-apply often if you are swimming.
Keep in mind that any exposed skin is vulnerable and should be protected at all times when in direct sunlight. Wearing UV protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and staying in the shade are all exceptionally beneficial options to help protect yourself too. Prevention is key!