Although you may already be aware of the importance of sunscreen, and its many benefits, as it reduces your risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, it is important to also realize when to apply, where to apply, and how often. Most of the time, we only apply sunscreen on areas that we assume get the most sun exposure, often forgetting about those hard-to-reach areas. But here’s the thing: Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, can appear anywhere on the body, including areas we neglect to protect from the sun—like our lips, the top of our ears and even the soles of our feet. By making sure you cover all your bases, and applying sunscreen to every exposed area of skin, you significantly decrease the threat of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. To help you with this, here are the four places you tend to miss protecting your skin from the sun, but are unquestionably important to cover.
In order to protect your lips, try using a gloss or balm that has SPF. This will help protect your lips from UV damage, as the most common types of nonmelanomaskin cancer often occur on our lips.
Although protecting your scalp is more prevalent in men with thinning hair, those with long or thick hair are still vulnerable to melanoma. Wearing caps and wide-brimmed hats during prolonged sun exposure allow you to protect your scalp (and look stylish, of course)!
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, a 2013 survey revealed that only 30 percent of women apply sunscreen on their face and other exposed skin regularly. Considering that 70 percent of basal cell carcinoma occur on the face, this statistic is scary. Applying sunscreen to your face, or brightening cream with SPF, is pivotal when being out in the sun.
This may seem like an odd spot to protect from the sun, but eyelids are another common site for nonmelanoma skin cancer. Many skip this area, as some sunscreens may leave a stinging sensation on your eye. In order to protect your eyelids, try using makeup or primer with SPF, aiding in protecting your face overall, including your eyelids.
As summer approaches, pools open, and our calendars begin to fill up with parties and get-togethers, it’s hard to keep up. With a party here and an event there, it leaves minimal time to just sit down and take a breath. It should go without saying, but no matter how busy our schedules get, or how much life can get in the way, it is always important to thank our dads, or father figures, on Father’s Day. Although this shouldn’t be the only day that you show your father gratitude and thanks a year, it should be a day that you simply put your busy schedules aside, set your phones on silent, and spend quality time with the man that raised you, taught you endless life lessons, and said “yes” when your mother said “no.” These courageous, supportive, and loving men in our lives deserve the recognition that they “claim” they do not need (because yes, apparently men “don’t like the mushy stuff,” or so they say).
So whether it’s your father, grandfather, step-dad, or just a man that has been there for you, do not forget to give them the gift of admiration and love this coming Father’s Day. Even though they may act tough on the outside, I promise that every father wants to be recognized and appreciated for what they do. So, to the best dad in the world—thank you.
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