One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetimes, and 90% of skin cancer diagnoses are associated with UV exposure. This is why you need to know how to protect yourself the next time you go frolicking in the sun.
Though the skin is thicker, your legs are just as vulnerable as any other part of your body, so make sure to apply sunscreen to them whenever they are exposed. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your feet when wearing sandals. A sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 will do.
Back and Arms
These parts of our body tend to get neglected because they are so hard to reach! Get someone to help you with these trouble areas. If you don’t have anyone to help you, that’s ok, I won’t judge. Just use a sunscreen spray with a 360 degree nozzle. Spray upwind and one to two inches away from your skin for the best coverage.
Neck and Chest
These areas of our body are super sensitive and get exposed to UV rays pretty often. Make sure to spread your sunscreen on the back of your neck; you may forget if your hair is in a ponytail. Don’t forget to put some sunscreen on the areas under your ears as well.
The most noticeable sun attacks are on your face, in the form of dark splotches, crow’s feet and fine lines. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen so your pores can still breathe.
To complete your full facial coverage, take advantage of those big, pretty summer hats to keep your face protected. It will make you look fashionable too!
Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays and opt for a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to prevent eye irritation.
Save your glossy lip colors for winter; they increase damaging effects to your lips in the heat. Get an SPF 30 lip balm or a matte lipstick to keep your lips safe.
Scalp and Ears
Yes, these parts of your body are vulnerable too. Dip a cotton swab in SPF lotion and paint it on your ears and the exposed parts of your scalp. On a cooler day, let your hair down. Your hair provides substantial coverage against the sun.
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