6 Spots You’re Probably Forgetting When You Apply Sunscreen
You don’t need to be a doctor to know what the most important anti-aging and cancer prevention step in your skincare routine should be: Applying sunscreen. (Even just a sunscreen moisturizer is better than nothing.)
“Nothing decreases the aging process as powerfully as sunscreen,” says Zenovia Gabriel, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Newport Beach, Calif.
Plus, sunscreen prevents skin cancer, the most common form of cancer, which is especially key now that skin cancer rates are on the rise. Between 1994 and 2014, nonmelanoma skin cancers in this country increased by 77 percent, and in the past decade, the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed yearly increased by 47 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
While vanity might make it easy to remember to put sunscreen on your face (which you should do daily year-round, using a nickel-sized amount, Dr. Gabriel says), there are some not-so-obvious spots on the body that can be easily overlooked when you’re applying sunscreen, leading to sunburn and increasing your risk of skin cancer. Here are six spots to put on your sunscreen radar—just be sure you’re not using expired sunscreen.