7 Critical Spots Dermatologists Wish You’d Remember to Apply Sunscreen

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When summer hits and you’re spending most of the day outside, it’s easy to miss some key spots when applying the ‘ole SPF. Dermatologists say to double check these trouble spots where your coverage may not be complete.

Scalp

Of course you know it’s crucial to slather on the SPF. And weirdly, even though the head is a major focal point for the sun, we rarely think to protect our scalps. Which happens to be why after a day at the beach your scalp is likely to feel a little itchy or look a little red. Prevent sunburn on your scalp by applying a spray sunscreen every two or so hours.

Ears

“I tell my patients that if I could only ask them to cover two areas of their skin with sunscreen, I would ask them to make sure to cover their ears and lips,” says Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell, Massachusetts. “That’s because these are actually two very high-risk areas to have skin cancer.” Slather on the lotion, but use hats to your advantage, too. “Baseball caps are not enough to protect your ears,” she says. “I recommend that patients use wide-brimmed hats.”

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