Be it summer or winter, one beauty product that you cannot survive without is sunscreen. It is very important to apply sunscreen on your body before going out in the sun and reapply sunscreen several times a day.
A sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or more creates an invisible barrier on the skin, preventing the harmful UV rays of the sun from reaching the deeper layers of your skin. It protects the skin from sun damage, discoloration and even skin cancer. You can find SPF based skin care products in the market in different forms and even according to skin type.
Everyone knows the importance of sunscreen and also use it on daily basis. But sadly very few people use it in the proper manner. When applying sunscreen, many people tend to go part by part – first the shoulders, then the upper arms, then the lower arms and lastly the face. Unfortunately, in this process some body parts get neglected.
Here are 5 such body parts where people often forget to apply sunscreen.
Behind the Knees: Many people forget to apply sunscreen behind the knees. People may apply sunscreen to their lower leg, knee and thigh, but the back of the knee routinely gets snubbed. This especially happens when you apply sunscreen to your legs while you are sitting. But when you are in the standing positive and outside in the sun, the harmful sunrays can cause sunburn to that exposed area.
Feet: Do you have a flip-flop tan? Well this is mainly because you forget to apply sunscreen on your feet. People mainly do not apply sunscreen on the top of their feet as they do not want sand to stick to their feet. It is important to know that feet are just as at risk for skin cancer as the rest of the body. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, as people don’t have the habit to check their feet as diligently as other body parts, skin cancer on the feet often get noticed at an advance stage.
Hands: Well, when you apply sunscreen, your palms and fingers may have the remnants of sunscreen, but you often forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your hands. So, when the hands get exposed in the sun it results in suntan and even sun damage. This constant exposure put you at risk for developing skin cancer and, plus hands will start to look unsightly. The presence and appearance of age spots are exacerbated by the sun, and UV rays can damage the fingernails.
Ears: When you apply sunscreen to your face, you give focus on the nose, cheeks and forehead and often neglect the eats. This way the ears are left exposed to the sun. Men with short hair or women who wear their hair up are particularly at risk for an ear burn and even skin cancer.
Scalp: Those who are bald must put on a hat or put sunscreen on their head in order to protect it from the harmful rays of the sun. Even people with hair who are not wearing a hat, need to apply sunscreen. To apply sunscreen you can opt for a gel or spray sunscreen. Pay special attention to any bald spots to keep it protected from the sun rays.
Next time, when you apply sunscreen do not forget these body parts. This way you can protect your body from the harmful rays of the sun and can avoid suntan, sun damage and even prevent skin cancer.