Sunscreen: watch out for those areas that we forget to protect

Sunscreen: watch out for those areas that we forget to protect

Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun is essential, especially in summer. If we take the time to cream our whole body, some areas are often overlooked and that’s sunburn. Find out what these body parts are.

Good protection against the deleterious effects of ultraviolet radiation requires prior compliance with general safety rules with regard to sun exposure (clothing protection, eye protection, avoidance of exposure during the hours of the day when the radiation is most intense, …).

Use your sunscreen well

It is essential to use your sun protection product correctly for better efficiency. Thus, according to the ANSM (National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products), it is necessary:

  • Carefully read the instructions and precautions for use before using a product for the first time;
  • Apply the product before exposure, evenly on all uncovered body surfaces;
  • Repeat the applications and particularly in the event of prolonged exposure and/or after bathing, wiping or after perspiration;
  • Apply your product in sufficient quantity because an insufficient quantity applied clearly reduces the level of protection vis-à-vis sun exposure;
  • Respect the “use by” date or the period after opening if they are indicated on the packaging;
  • Do not use a product that has changed in appearance and/or smell;
  • Close your product well after use.

These forgotten and yet fragile areas

To ensure maximum protection against UV rays, we must not forget certain areas of the body that we do not necessarily think of. These include:

  • Hair and/or parting of the hair;
  • The eyelids;
  • Ears ;
  • The toes or the soles of the feet;
  • The back of the knees;
  • Hands ;
  • Neck ;
  • The edge of the swimsuit.

For some of these areas, do not hesitate to use a practical format such as a sun stick.

As a reminder, skin cancers are more and more frequent, especially those related to UV exposure (natural or artificial). Thus, according to La Ligue contre le Cancer, the risk of developing skin cancer today is 1 in 100.