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Sunscreen application: don’t forget these 4 areas!

Make sure you’re fully protected this summer

Sunscreen is essential when it comes to protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays, and it should be applied throughout the year. But are you missing a few important places when applying it? Don’t forget about these often neglected areas:

1. Ears

The ears are a high-risk area for skin cancer, and a cap or the rim of a hat does NOT give sufficient coverage. Wearing your hair up often also exposes your ears to sunburn, so be generous when applying it.

2. Feet

The thought of having sand stuck to our sunscreen-covered feet is probably why we often leave them out of our sunscreen routine, but we shouldn’t. Legs are a common area for melanoma (typically a malignant tumour associated with skin cancer) and skin cancer on the foot often goes unnoticed.

3. Eyelids

The eyelids are the thinnest area of skin on our body, and as a result they are more susceptible to sunburn. Using a moisturiser with a sunscreen is a good option, as the skin on the eyelids will absorb moisturiser better.

4. Behind the Knees

This is often the most neglected area when it comes to applying sunscreen. We tend to apply it to our lower legs and upper thighs, forgetting the back of the knees. This will leave that area exposed, which can result in sunburn.





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