7 parts of the body where you always forget to put on sunscreen

Which parts of the body are the easiest to forget with sunscreen? There’s always an area of ​​skin you miss when it comes to applying sunscreen in the summer. And unfortunately, by the time you realize it, your skin may be beyond repair and you have to deal with the consequences: an itchy, peeling sunburn. Even the most thorough sunscreen applicators can end up with a weird or unexpected sunburn. Usually, it’s not because someone doesn’t care about sunscreen, but rather because there are certain areas of the body that are easily overlooked and forgotten. Like any skin that gets sunburned, these areas are at risk for skin damage or developing abnormal cells afterwards.

There are spots in the development of skin cancer which can be due to forgetting to apply sunscreen daily, but also areas that tend to have sunscreen that rubs off easily and isn’t as effective when people forget to reapply. In general, with sunscreens, people should seek daily use of sunscreens with broad spectrum protection 30 or higher, and the main thing is to renew application every two hours. If the objective is to ultimately avoid a painful sunburn, in the longer term, the objective of good sun protection is to prevent skin cancer.

Here are the 7 most common areas we overlook and how to protect them:

Area #1: Sides and back of the neck

On knows how to apply sunscreen to their face, but the neck is often neglected. While the entire neck needs protection, including the front portion which typically sits in the shadow of your jawline, the sides and back of the neck are especially vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays.


To prevent your neck from getting burned, start by using sunscreen with a protection of 30 or more, and ideally full sunscreen if you plan to sweat or swim.

Apply your sunscreen on the neck starting at the front, then up the sides of the neck, and down to the hairline at the back. This will ensure that you cover the area well.

In addition, you can wear a wide-brimmed hat or a hat with a flap on the neck for additional protection in this area.

Zone n° 2: the upper chest

This is the area of ​​the chest located just above where your T-shirt stops covering you, just below the beginning of your neck or where your collarbone is.

This is an area that seems to be more frequently overlooked. Even if you’re wearing a T-shirt, your upper chest remains exposed. This is especially true if you wear a v-neck or scoop-neck tee.


For this area, you should either apply an extra layer of sunscreen or wear a high-necked shirt that provides protection from the sun.

Area #3: Lips

The lips are often an area that we forget to protect from the sun, and they are chronically exposed to UV rays. If you’ve ever burned your lips, you know it’s a painful and boring recovery. Unfortunately, there are many skin cancers on the lips, and these skin cancers can become more aggressive and require surgical treatment, so prevention is key. Luckily, there are plenty of sunscreens or lip balms made specifically to be applied to the lips, and some of them taste great too.


Use a lip sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. Tip: If you have a rough, scaly patch or sore that doesn’t improve with regular lip products, it’s important to get it checked out.

Area #4 : tops of the hands

The tops of the hands are particularly susceptible to long-term UV damage and the risk of skin cancer and premature aging due to driving. Even on cloudy days, it’s important to protect your hands, especially when doing outdoor activities. By protecting your hands, you avoid sunburn and signs of premature aging like sun spots and freckles.


Before going out, you can apply your daily sunscreen to the back of your hands, taking care to make sure it penetrates well to obtain good basic protection. This basic application of sunscreen in the morning will ensure that all areas are well covered before starting the day, but it is when reapplying that other recommendations come into play for easier use. As you constantly use your hands throughout the day, it is essential to reapply sunscreen to this area as it can easily rub off or wash off.

Stain #5: Tops of Ears

A popular accidental burn spot, the tops of your ears are particularly vulnerable. This is an area where many skin cancers develop and it is an area that is missed when applying sunscreen. Not only the ears themselves, but also behind the ears. And many people don’t think of adding extra protection if they’re wearing a cap, which doesn’t cover and protect the ears like a brimmed hat does.


You should always put sunscreen on top of your ears, but adding a hat means extra protection and for your face too.

Point 6: The tops of the feet

You have either been this person or seen this person with burnt feet. This can make wearing any type of shoe painful, if not impossible. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or spending the day on a boat or on a hiking trail, it can be easy to forget to protect the tops of your feet, especially if you’re already wearing flip flops or other sandals. But this area of ​​the skin is important to protect like any other part of the body.


If you wear sandals, the rule is to use sunscreen first, then sandals. Try using a thicker, waterproof sunscreen, especially if you have wet or sandy feet. And if you get in and out of the water, be sure to renew the application after each swim or every two hours.

Point 7: The stomach

If your crop top leaves your mid-bust exposed to the sun, it may also be damaged. With current fashion trends, there are more and more women wearing low-cut tops in summer. While you’re usually pretty cautious when wearing bikinis at the beach, also consider your exposed belly when you’re on a city street.


This is a place where sunscreen is essential. Use a sunscreen with at least protection of 30 and reapply every two hours if you are outside.

Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information given replace the advice of a health professional.

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