You already know the importance of wearing sunscreen without me drilling it into you, but that doesn't mean you're putting it everywhere that you should be. I spoke to a dermatologist to find out what you need to know about sun protection. Turns out, there's one place you often forget to wear sunscreen that could lead to skin cancer. I bet when you hear where it is, you'll be totally shocked that it needs SPF. Super scary.
If there is one thing you need to do for yourself this summer, it should absolutely be protecting yourself from the sun. Not only can sun exposure cause pre-mature aging, but it can also lead to skin cancer, so it's not to be taken lightly. But that doesn't mean you have to avoid the sun all summer long, you just need to make sure you're properly protected and limit your direct UV exposure. I spoke with Dr. Perlmutter of the NY Dermatology Group to find out everything you need to know about sun exposure, and I guarantee, even if you think you know the basics of it by now, there's some information you're probably missing.
Here is everything you need to know about sun protection, according to a doctor.
2. You Need To Put Sunscreen Everywhere
Think your face, arms, and legs are cutting it? Nope — you need to put sunscreen everywhere. According to Perlmutter, the most forgotten areas are the ears and back of your shoulders.
3. Your Ears Are Super Sensitive
Seriously? Your ears? It's true — your ears need the SPF just as much as your face does. "The ears are just as sensitive as the face and are often neglected, yet due to their exposed location, they are very susceptible to UV exposure," Perlmutter says.
4. You Need To Schedule A Yearly Screening
Even if you think everything is fine, you should be scheduling annual screenings with your dermatologist. Perlmutter says, "Generally, the recommendation is for yearly skin cancer screenings. Although if a person has numerous moles, a family history of melanoma, or a personal history of skin cancer than the recommendation is often altered."