Whether you’re preparing for an outing at the beach, time in the garden or considering a stroll through your neighborhood, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation should be a priority.
Since there’s a lot of area to cover when it comes to protecting your body’s largest organ with sunscreen, it’s easy to overlook some areas such as the ears, lips, around the eyes, the tops of the feet and the scalp.
But it’s important those spots get protection, too, says Dr. William Jackson Epperson, a family medicine physician who specializes in skin lesions and skin cancer at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Prince Creek.
“It’s important to apply sunscreen to more than just the obvious spots on your arms, shoulders and nose,” he says. “Make sure to apply protection to all areas of your skin subject to the sun, including your forehead, ears, scalp, tops of your feet (depending on footwear), around your eyes and under movable straps and waistbands.”