sunscreen benefits

Your mom, your grandparents, your doctor, and pretty much every other adult in your life all told you it growing up: Do not forget to wear sunscreen. And while this message might have been annoying at times or ruined your summer tanning aspirations, we’re here to remind you that these people are 100% right! Not only is a sunburn the worst feeling in the world (painful showers, uncomfortable sleeping positions, and let’s not forget the gross peeling that follows…), exposing yourself to the sun without protection is also, obviously, very dangerous.

So yes, applying sunscreen is very important for several reasons, and we should all remember to do it this summer! And in order to fully protect yourself from the sun’s rays, there are some weird places where you should really remember to apply it. So, check out this list of places where you’re most likely not applying sunscreen and make sure you keep them in mind when you’re hitting the beach this summer! (And if our pestering hasn’t yet convinced you to wear sunscreen, maybe this will… Does this look pleasant?!)

1. Your Hands

Yes, we know you use your hands to apply sunscreen everywhere else, but this doesn’t mean they’re getting proper coverage! Make sure you get the webbing between your fingers, and use a waterproof lotion so it doesn’t come off when you wash your hands!

2. Underarm Area 

This area is easily forgotten, which means it can be easily burned! Apply lotion in your armpits and the area around it – it might sound weird, but you’ll thank us.

3. Your Scalp

Have you ever had a scalp burn? Not. Pleasant. For the most part, our hair protects us from this, but if your hair is parted, the exposed area can easily get burned! And obviously we’re not suggesting you rub lotion into your hair. Check out products like these for your scalp!

4. Your Ears 

Apparently, one of the most common places to get skin cancer is your ears. Who knew?! Make sure you apply to the front, the top, and the back of each ear!

5. Tops Of Your Feet

You know what’s not cute? Flip-flop tan lines. (Speaking from experience.) That being said, apply sunscreen BEFORE you put your shoes on!

6. Your Eyelids

Sunglasses will usually do the trick, but if you’re trying to avoid those not-so-pretty tan lines, you better apply some lotion to your eyelids! This is the thinnest skin on our body, so you better pay it some attention!

7. Backs Of Your Legs

Seems like an obvious one, but it’s easy to apply to the front of our legs and forget about the backs! And if you’re walking around or lying on the beach, this will be a major issue.

8. Your Lips

Think chapped lips are bad? What about sunburned, chapped lips? Again, not necessary to apply lotion all over your lips (yuck) – just look for a Chapstick like this one from Supergoop with some SPF!

What spots did we miss that REALLY need sunscreen?

Devon Kelliher is a New York University student pursuing a degree in Communications and Journalism. When she isn't being a student, she's catching a concert somewhere in New York or cheering for her beloved Boston sports teams. She is also known for her tendency to quote movies/TV shows at inappropriate times.