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Places You Might Forget to Apply Sunscreen

Don't Spend Your Beach Vacation With Burns — Apply SPF Right

Just because you're on the beach somewhere warm for the holidays (yes, we're jealous) doesn't mean that your SPF routine should go on vacation, too. When skin hasn't seen UV rays in months, it's even more important to slather on sunscreen as you're likely to burn. But the most diligent SPF-wearers might forget about certain unusual spots that can leave you with awkward and uncomfortable scorches (sports bra "tan," anyone?). So after your thoroughly rub down your shoulders, back, neck, arms, legs, etc, make sure to take care of these seven places before you let your feet even touch the sand.

  1. Upper ears: Peeling, blistery ears? Ouch. Believe what you hear: if it happens one time, you'll never let it happen again.
  2. Hair part: The top of your head is often the first place the sun's rays hit. Be sure to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin on the scalp — especially your part. Better yet, wear a cute straw hat.
  3. Under arms: Falling asleep in the sun with arms stretched behind your head leaves plenty of exposed skin. Pay close attention to the back and underside of the arms to avoid an unpleasant burn that could leave you immobile.
  4. On the tops of feet: Wading in the water is nice. Burning the tops of your feet while wading in the water is not. Use protection.
  5. Eyelids: A burn on the eyelids and brow bone area is harsh, and unless your sunglasses have UV protection, make sure you don't miss this delicate area.
  6. Under straps: Straps and clothing/swimsuits shift as you move your body throughout the day. Take extraspecial care to apply sunscreen not only to the areas around your clothing and swimsuits, but directly underneath them, too.
  7. Hairline: Warm-weather hairstyles often call for pulled-back ponytails and braids. A swipe of SPF around the hairline will prevent strange and painful burns around the perimeter of your face.
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Heather3219716 Heather3219716 3 years
I always forget my ears and hair part- and you are right, it is painful!
Kellness Kellness 7 years
The ears always get me!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
Excellent tips...I like to use my sunscreen like lotion before I get dressed too. That way I get more areas, since sun rays strike underneath clothing too!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 7 years
Like Asense, always forget about my ears and have gotten sunburned several times..
luckykarma luckykarma 7 years
I saw on The Today show and read about sunscreen/sunblock application, and I actually listened to an NPR Podcast that no matter what it is you are applying, that for it to be fully effective that it needs to be applied 30 minutes before you actually go outside. I thought that was good information to share!
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
My hair part burn is finally better. Walking around in Paris for a couple days was awesome, but MAN did my scalp hurt.
catita85 catita85 7 years
One day last summer I forgot to put sunscreen in a little corner of my face (next to my hairline). The rest of my face was protected, but I wound up with a red blister that peeled and the new skin there is very sensitive. Yuck.
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
They make spray sunscreens that help some with coverage in "hard to reach" places like on your back and stuff: okay that was super long . . . the one i was thinking of is the Aveeno Sunblock Spray, it even works when you spray with the can upside down.
SalescoopSarah SalescoopSarah 7 years
Sunburn anywhere is the least of my favorite from summer. No matter how religiously I moisturize and apply sun block, there will always be that one spot I missed. I wish there was an easier way to do this.. Like an allover spray with SPF that would actually work..
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
Definitely watch the edges along clothing and swimwear. I've had a burn before where you could see the outline where my fingertips were as I applied the sunscreen.
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
Hair part is something I always forget! I was so careful b4 my wedding of all my tan lines from my bikini, and to be careful of that I was wearing while running so that I didnt have any funny tan marks. I have never been burned on my feet! That sounds horrible though!
asense0fwonder asense0fwonder 7 years
i always forget to lotion my ears. burnt, peeling upper ears are horrible!
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