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Are You Applying Sunscreen the Right Way?

By Sara Butler

Everyone knows that you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun when you're outside, but are you applying it everywhere you should? Most people get their arms, legs, and faces no problem, but forget some smaller areas that are just as susceptible to skin cancer as the rest of you. Here are some of the spots people frequently miss when they're applying sunscreen. Take note so you can remember to apply it right the next time!

The Scalp

The head is one of the major focal parts of the body for the sun but it doesn't get thought of to protect as much. Hats are great for protecting the scalp, but you should add a bit of sunblock too -- even if you have hair.

Remember that as you get older your hair begins to thin. This exposes your scalp to more and more rays from the sun. Spray sunscreen on your scalp every two hours when you're outside to help protect it.

The Ears

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, of head and neck melanomas nationwide, the ear accounts for about seven percent. Ears are often overlooked when applying sunscreen but they need protection too. You should try to wear a wide-brimmed hat in the sun to protect your ears along with sunscreen.

The Lips

When was the last time you applied sunscreen to your lips? If you're like most people, probably never. Lips catch the rays of the sun just like any other part of you so try out a lip balm with at least an SPF 30 whenever you go outside. This can help to keep your lips hydrated as they protect them, so that's a bonus!


Yet another part of the face that doesn't get enough sunscreen love are the eyelids. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that around 10 percent of all skin cancers are found on the eyelids or the eyes themselves. Even if you wear UV-blocking sunglasses when you're outside (which you should), you also need to apply sunblock to the eyelid, not forgetting the areas between the bridge of the nose and corner of the eye. Remember, the skin around the eyes is delicate so it needs all the protection it can get.

Take care of your body and protect it -- all of it -- from the sun!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Long Beach, Calif.

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