Applying sunscreen is really essential in skin care. And are there any places in the body where this product is more important? In fact, applying sunscreen to areas exposed to the sun (and to the entire body, in the case of a trip to the beach or the pool) is vital, but today, let’s understand if there are places on the body that cannot – ever! – being unprotected.
First of all, it is important to understand that sunscreens (also called photoprotectors) are those products capable of preventing the evils caused by sun exposure, such as burns, premature aging and, of course, skin cancer. That’s why we should use the famous FPS daily.
“All areas exposed to the sun must be protected”, explains dermatologist Simone Neri. “Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation has a cumulative effect and the sun’s rays penetrate deeply into the skin.”
For this reason, the doctor’s recommendation is clear: when going outdoors, try to stay in the shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun is strongest and UVB radiation is more intense. The minimum recommended SPF is factor 30, and it is also worth covering exposed areas with appropriate clothing, such as long-sleeved blouses, pants and hats. Sunglasses also act as part of the protection strategy.
So, write it down: in everyday life, when we wear “ordinary” clothes, it is necessary to use sunscreen in all areas of the body that are exposed to the sun – and it doesn’t matter if you’re going to spend the day outside the house, at the office, or if you’re just going to “go out” to the pharmacy. These areas involve:
- Face, ears and neck
- lap and arms
- backs of hands
- Legs and insteps
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT WEAR PROTECTOR?
Forgetting the protection factor at one time or another is normal and happens to everyone. The problem arises when you stop using the product for long periods or simply haven’t developed the habit of using it for a lifetime.
“Not using sunscreen favors premature aging of the skin, sunburn, the appearance of spots, freckles, spots, wrinkles and the most serious: skin cancer”, explains the dermatologist.
For each of these issues there is an appropriate treatment and it is essential to seek a specialist doctor and avoid home remedies and treatments, especially when treating skin blemishes and sunburn.