By this point, you hopefully understand the importance of wearing sunscreen. Doing so helps prevent skin cancer, while slowing signs of aging and preventing some skin conditions, like brown spots and dry skin texture, altogether. Yet, even the most dedicated sunscreen wearer might be prone to missing a few spots. Here are 4 areas that are commonly overlooked when applying sunscreen, and the best way to protect them.
Your eyes and surrounding skin.
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause problems for your eyes and the skin around them. UV rays can damage multiple parts of the eye and contribute to cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and other conditions. What’s more, skin cancer around the eyes is a particular risk, since many people don’t apply sunscreen there. To remedy this, look for UV-protected glasses or sunglasses, which will block UV light from the front, and absorb the UV rays reflected off the back of the lens.
Your neck and chest areas.
Though you might be protecting your face from the sun, your neck and chest area might not be so lucky, receiving zero SPF protection before you step out into the sun. Yet, these areas are just as vulnerable as the skin on your face, and for some people, they are among the first places to display wrinkles and other signs of aging. Protect them by remembering to extend your skincare – whether it’s sunscreen or your regular skincare routine – to your chest.
Hands face the sun nearly every day, yet they hardly receive the protection they need from the sun’s harsh rays. Even driving can pose a certain level of risk to your hands since the sun’s rays can penetrate the glass of your windshield. Luckily, it’s easy to protect your hands, with a bit of pre-planning. Consider keeping a small tube of SPF lotion in your car to apply when you begin to drive, and when you apply sunscreen to other parts of your body, don’t overlook your hands!
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