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. These are the places you’re ignoring when you check yourself for skin cancer.
“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.”