When I was a child, I still remember exactly how I tried to shake off when my mother applied sunscreen to my face, neck, back and limbs. It seemed to take far too long to rub it in so I could waddle in the ocean or roll around in the sand. I wish I could say my relationship with sunscreen is now better, as I'm older, wiser, and mature enough not to be shaken off by my own hands. But I still feel like putting on every inch of my body with sunscreen before a pool day takes the precious time I could spend on one of those cute unicorn rafts. That said, I'm a grown-up (and a health editor), so I know it's important to use sunscreen even when I prefer not to ̵
Sorry, but you absolutely must use sunscreen.
Yes, the sun feels pleasant on your skin, but the various types of UV light that it emits can cause skin damage in just 15 minutes . UVA rays can cause skin aging, and UVB can cause sunburn according to the Mayo Clinic . Most notably, exposure to UVA or UVB radiation can lead to skin cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US (AAD), according to the American Academy of Dermatology .
Unfortunately, even a slight tan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a mild case of sun damage. As you lie down, your body sends extra melanin to your skin to protect it from further damage, resulting in a darker complexion. Allowing these rays enough time to really damage the cells in your skin can lead to Sunburn .
To avoid all this, AAD recommends the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, that is, it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Both chemical and mineral sunscreens can do this in a variety of ways – the former with chemicals that convert UV light into heat that does not harm your skin, and the latter, by primarily providing you with SELF a physical protection on your skin generate previously reported . If you know which one to use, make sure you use it correctly.
Chemical sunscreens should be applied for about 15 minutes before exposure to sunlight, while mineral sunscreen works immediately. The AAD also recommends the use of sunscreens with a sun protection factor (or SPF) of at least 30. Apply the product to the bottle as often as recommended (usually all two hours or more often if you sweat or come in contact with water).
It is not enough to choose only the right sunscreen. You also have to use enough of the stuff. If you get a full size bottle of sunscreen throughout the summer, chances are you're not using enough. Mary L. Stevenson MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF. (Of course, this depends on how often you go on beach trips, but it's still a good rule of thumb.)
The AAD recommends the use of about ounces of sunscreen . for your whole body. This is enough to fill up a shot glass, which could sound exorbitant. But that's about as much as most adults need to get sunscreen in the right places.
"Sometimes people try to put sunscreen around their bathing suits, but that's when it comes to spots that are missing," says Dr. Stevenson. Even if you undress yourself before covering with Sunscreen do not forget these often ignored body parts:
1. Your ears
It is incredibly easy to accidentally skip your ears during the sunscreen application, MD, Assistant Professor at Dr. Ing. Phillip Frost's Department of Dermatology and Skin Surgery at the University of Miami Health System, tells SELF. However, it is important to apply sunscreen to your ears before going outside. Whether you have short hair, pull your hair back, or just sometimes push it back, chances are your ears will get some sun. Even if you wear something like a beach hat, it is good to protect your ears from accidental contact. Put sunscreen behind your ears, on their tops, sides and bottoms, and on all other visible outer parts, Dr. Roses.
. 2 Your scalp and hairline
Dr. Stevenson says you may not think about your scalp when applying sunscreen, if your hair seems to be literally covered. But if your hair is on the thin side or you have a hairstyle that makes your scalp visible (hello, cornrows ), dr. Stevenson plans to apply a sunscreen spray on this vulnerable part of your body. (Make sure you do not do this in a very windy place.) Grabbing a hat is a great alternative, but this sunscreen is required if you ever want to remove it. Do not neglect your Hairline Stevenson – he also deserves some sunscreen love.
. 3 Your Eyelids
The skin around your eyes is thin and prone to sun damage and skin cancer, Dr. Roses. "People often do not do well to put sunscreen around their eyes," she adds. To protect yours, you can use a mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin (which may be less irritating than the chemical substance if it gets into your eyes). Dr. Rosen adds that you should wear sunglasses with also broadband UV protection.
. 4 Your lips
Dr. Rosen often sees boaters and other people who are often outdoors, with actinic cheilitis or precancerous lesions on the outer layer of their lips. The protection of this sensitive skin is a must. The CDC recommends the use of lip balm with a broadband SPF of 15 or more. If your favorite balm has no SPF, you can apply a normal sunscreen to your lips instead. In any case, be diligent in re-applying. "Sunscreen on your lips dissolves when you eat and drink, so you need to be aware of that," says Dr. Roses.
. 5 Her neck and breast
People usually forget to put on the neck and the breast with sunscreen, Dr. Stevenson. If you have short hair or put your hair up, you may forget that your neck gets a lot of sunshine when you venture outside. As with other parts of the body your skin is exposed to possible sun damage.
. 6 Her backs
Her hands cover all other body parts with sunscreen, and they need just as much protection – if not more. The tops of your hands are almost always exposed to sunlight when you're outside. Stevenson. And as Dr. Emphasizing roses could wash away a lot of it, even if you apply sunscreen on the backs of the hands Hand Washing . Similar to your lips, you may need to be extra careful to apply sunscreen again at this point.
. 7 Your shins and knees
You really want to apply sunscreen to your legs and re-apply them, especially to your shins and knees, Dr. Roses. Both are easy to overlook places. This is particularly important for women, as the lower legs are most often responsible for the occurrence of melanoma, according to the Mayo Clinic
. The soles of the feet
While it is possible to completely ignore your poor feet when using sunscreen products, most people forget the soles of their feet, says dr. Stevenson. It is important for everyone to remember to apply sunscreen to the soles of the feet before any possible exposure. B. in a day on the beach. However, this may be particularly important for blacks and other persons with darker skin. People with dark skin tones are more susceptible to acral lentiginous melanoma a generally rare form of skin cancer that shows up in surprising areas such as the soles of the feet. This can be done without much sunlight, explains the Mayo Clinic . Therefore, it is especially important to protect yourself when you have dark skin and expose your feet to the sun.
Now that you know some of them Take the extra time to pay attention to the most overlooked spots when using sunscreen before going outdoors. Is it the funniest thing in the world ? No. Since your skin can not speak, we will make this request in their name.