Do You Skip Sunscreen on These Five Spots?

May 30, 2024

When you slather on sunblock, your exposed stomach, back, arms, legs and face need coverage. But other areas are just as important. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) spray, gel or lotion that’s water-resistant and has at least 30 SPF.

The well-being of your skin influences more than just your physical health; it affects the way you live your life. We at the office of Dermatology for the Family understand this and are here for you. 

The sun’s ultraviolet rays are the main cause of skin cancer. You can avoid most skin cancers by protecting yourself against the damage the rays trigger on a cellular level. Take a look at where you may be missing.

Your ears. They come in third place for where skin cancer appears. Rays can harm the visible parts of as well as the conchal bowl (middle part of your ear), which is somewhat protected from the sun. One ear is vulnerable even if you’re simply driving around. Daily sunscreen use is essential. 

Your eyelids. If you don’t give them much thought, you’re not alone. But don’t overlook them; eyelid cancer can be especially tough to treat. Sunglasses with UVA- and UVB-protected lenses are effective, as are eye creams that include a high SPF, a sunscreen stick and/or a mineral sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. 

Your lips. Your kisser longs for a lip balm with SPF. Reapply it after you eat and or drink, or if you’re a frequent lip licker. Lower lips are more prone than upper lips because they’re bigger and protrude more. 

Your scalp. Your hair provides little protection, and areas that are bald or thinning are particularly susceptible. If you don’t like sunblock on your scalp because it’s greasy and goopy, tough it out or wear a broad-brimmed hat. Both are preferable to scalp cancer. 

The tops of your feet. Their skin is thin and faces the sun. So whether you’re going barefoot, wearing flip-flops or sandals, don’t forget your feet. 

If you have any skin issues or want to ask about cosmetic improvements, the office of Dermatology for the Family is here to help. For more information about our many services, please don’t hesitate to call us today.