Sunscreen application is a subject very dear to my heart. I am a firm advocate of using sunscreen everyday whether you leave the house or not. UVA rays are everywhere! I am also getting particular about the types of sunscreen or sunblock I use – broad spectrum that protects against UVA and UVB is the way to go these days. You can expect a few posts about the sun and sunscreen coming up. 🙂
Based on my personal experience, here are 7 parts of the body we tend to forget to apply sunscreen or sunblock on.
1. Apply sunscreen on the neck
Hands up everyone who forgets the neck? *sheepishly puts hands up* I’m perfectly guilty of forgetting to apply sunscreen on my neck. Many women tend to wear shirts or t-shirts that gape at the neck thereby exposing the neck and decolletege area to more sun. Is it any wonder our neck ages faster than our face? So, remember your neck the next time you apply sunscreen on your face.
2. Apply sunscreen on the back of the neck
Hair blocks the sunrays but not the UV rays. So, whether you have long hair or short hair, try to remember to apply sunscreen on the BACK of your neck. Tell this to the men in your life too. They are even more susceptible to the sun for those with short hair. Be warned though that sunscreen can stain shirt collars so you might end up with extra cleaning to do.
3. Use a lipbalm with sunscreen
Lips. How often do we forget them when it comes to applying sunscreen? I’m guilty of this too but I’m looking for a lip balm that contains a decent amount of sunscreen. I don’t fancy EATING the sunscreen I presently use for the rest of my face 🙂
4. Apply sunblock on your arms legs and hands
You might remember this if you are going swimming or to the beach but you may omit it for everyday use. Well, don’t! You don’t want to look young and lovely on your face but have leathery skin on your arms and legs right? Nothing tells age more than the hands and skin on the arms so shield them while you can before the damage sets in.
5. Apply more sunscreen on your nose
If you’ve ever had a sunburn you’d realise that it always starts with your nose. Reason: Its the highest part of your face. So, apply more sunscreen on your nose to protect it better.
6. Don’t forget the scalp
If you’re bald that is. I doubt many of my readers are bald 😀 but if you know someone who is, slap on the sunblock on their bald scalp. Its an easy part of the body to forget.
7. Did you remember your ears?
Ears – another part of the body we ignore when it comes to sunscreen application. For most of us, our ears are hidden under our hair so its easy to forget but try to remember the next time you apply sunscreen on your face.
I use different sunscreens for my face and for my body mainly because of the different textures that I prefer. I use lighter textures for my face e.g. Eucerin White Solution and Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Moisture Milk and I don’t mind thicker textures for my body e.g. Australia Cancer Council Everyday sunscreen or Ultra sunscreen.
So next time you slap on your sunblock, think about the rest of your body that you are ignoring and pay attention to them. Its not just your face that needs the protection!
Now tell me, out of the 7 above, which part are you guilty of forgetting to apply sunscreen on?