The designation of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month is designed to remind people about the importance of protecting their skin from the sun heading into summer vacations. Skin care in Orange County, of course, is something we emphasize throughout the year at OC Dermatology.
Even though Southern California residents are already pretty savvy about skin care, even the most diligent individuals may inadvertently neglect certain areas of the body when preparing to spend time outdoors.
Top areas you may be missing
- Lips: Because sunscreen isn’t something we think of putting on lips, they are often left unprotected. Lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher should be used when outdoors. You can find affordable options at the drugstore or more upscale ones from quality skin care lines.
- Ears: Sometimes they’re covered by hair, so ears are easy to overlook when it comes time to slather on sunscreen. But the thin skin of the ears is susceptible to the sun’s rays, and it’s not unusual for non-melanoma lesions to develop there. A wax-based, high SPF sunscreen is good to use here.
- Scalp: Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your scalp from the sun. Opt for one with at least a 4-inch brim or a cap with a bill to provide added protection. A mesh hat is better than no hat, but try to use one with a solid material.
- Eyelids: Sunglasses are a necessity. Protect your eyes and eyelids with wraparound models that offer both UVA and UVB protection.
- Feet: Flip-flops and sandals aren’t enough to protect your feet from the sun’s harmful rays. Use sunscreen on the top of your feet and between your toes.
Protect these areas
It only takes a few seconds more to protect these areas, and it’s well-worth the extra effort for your health. My practice has a range of great sunscreens available at Beauty Bar MDÃ¢€ž .