9 Spots You’re Not Applying Sunscreen (but Should)

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9 Spots You’re Not Applying Sunscreen (but Should)

Most people think they are  protected if they apply sunscreen on their faces and bodies before heading outside. Unfortunately, some unlucky ones discover hours later that they missed key areas  and now they have a red sunburn there to prove it. Now you must have learnt a lesson about the importance of applying sunscreen thoroughly. To ensure that our full bodies are adequately protected, we gathered the most common areas people forget to apply sunscreen

By Clement Uanseru.


Almost everyone remembers to apply sunscreen to their faces, but they can leave out key facial features, namely the lips. The lips are one of the most commonly forgotten areas. Unfortunately, the skin on lips is one of the thinnest on our entire bodies, which means burns are likely. To prevent burns, apply sunscreen or a lip product with SPF before going out.

Back of the Neck

Even those with long hair should ensure that their necks are protected. It is an often ignored spot during sunscreen application.


Ears may be small, but they are not to be overlooked because they can burn. The ears are frequently left unprotected like the backs of necks. It is key that sunscreen application extends beyond the face and toward the ears, however.


Hair doesn’t fully protect the scalp from the sun. Not even those who are blessed with thick, long manes can skip the sun protection. Even with hair, your scalp is at risk of burning and later peeling. Apply sunscreen to your scalp at least 30 minutes before sun exposure or cover up with a hat. Spray or powder sunblocks are great for the scalp.


Razor burn seems like a walk in the park compared to burned armpits, where every movement results in discomfort. To prevent this from happening, apply a thick layer of sunscreen to underarms. Wait a few seconds before putting arms down so the product has a chance to absorb.


It may not burn like the scalp, but protecting hair from the sun is just as essential. It’s especially important for those with dyed or chemically treated hair. The best way to protect hair is to wear a hat, look for SPF hairsprays that you can spritz in while out in the sun. Spray liberally, then pull your hair up into a pony or bun.


Even a pair of bikini bottoms or a longline retro swimsuit won’t completely protect your butt. Swimsuits shift, which can leave cheeks exposed to the sun’s damaging rays. Apply sunscreen at the same time as your back so there’s less chance of skipping the area.


We apply sunscreen with our hands yet our experts revealed that hands are one of the most commonly forgotten areas to apply SPF. Ensure adequate protection by covering all sides of hands with a thick layer of sunscreen. And remember to reapply it after washing hands. Another easy hack is to swap regular hand lotion for a formula with skin-protecting ingredients.



Sandal season calls for sun protection on feet. That includes the tops, sides and even the bottoms. Heels and the pads of feet can sometimes get burned when we’re lounging on our stomachs on a beach towel.

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