Spring break is almost here! Time for friends, fun and some much-needed time in the sun. While your go-to sunscreens for face and body are sure to make it into your beach bag, what about those hard to reach or forgotten areas? Even if you’re super diligent about applying sunscreen every two hours that you’re in the sun, it’s inevitable that you may miss a spot here and there. We’re highlighting the six most overlooked areas that still need sun protection and our favorite products to keep your fun in the sun as safe as possible.
If you keep your hair short or prefer it pulled up and off your ears, be sure to carefully apply sunscreen over the tops and back of the ears. Your ears are a vulnerable place that the sun’s rays can really do some damage to, so use a sunscreen like EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46. In addition to broad-spectrum protection, it is non-comedogenic and contains 5% high-purity niacinamide to calm any inflammation. Plus, it contains lactic acid and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to defend skin against free radicals Pro Tip: This sunscreen isn’t just for ears! It’s an excellent choice for anyone who has oily or acne prone skin, because it is oil-free and formulated to provide a matte finish. It is also paraben- and fragrance-free so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. For everyday use on your face, try the tinted version!
We know it can be a pain to apply sunscreen to exposed areas of your scalp (ie- your hair part), because it can make your hair greasy or sticky. But, it’s important to do so because not only does your scalp get the sun’s most direct rays, but the skin on your head is very sensitive, making it that much more susceptible to burning. Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-on Shield SPF 50 to the rescue! This new and improved tinted, mineral powder sunscreen brush contains an SPF 50 and can be applied over makeup and it won’t make your hair sticky or greasy when applied to the scalp. This new formulation provides all of the sun protection as the original formula, but with the added benefit of free radical protection, water/sweat resistance and anti-microbial bristles. Plus, its compact-size makes it a perfect addition to any travel bag.
Lip balm just isn’t going to cut it when you’re spending time in the sun. Slathering a cream SPF on your pucker isn’t ideal either, so how should you keep your lips sunburn-free? Try EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 – it not only provides an SPF of 31, but also contains olive oil and botanical waxes to keep lips hydrated while preventing any irritation or flakiness. Plus, it’s tint-free so you can apply it over your favorite lip gloss or stain for a pout that is both pretty and protected.
Neck & Décolleté
One of the first places we notice aging is on our neck and décolleté, so it’s super important to start protecting that skin as soon as you can! When you apply sunscreen on your face, don’t just stop at the jawline. Be sure to sweep it down onto the front and back of your neck and over the décolleté. We love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid because it is formulated with Cell-Ox Shield XL technology to deliver broad-spectrum protection with SPF 60 and is lightweight enough to smooth down onto the neck for a soft, comfortable feeling.
Pro Tip: If you’re already seeing signs of sun damage on your décolleté and hands from years of sun exposure, try NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands. It’s specially formulated with Pro-Niacin to strengthen and renew the delicate skin in these areas and brighten dark spots with licorice, mulberry, bearberry and evening primrose extracts.
Tops of your Feet
Make sure you apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet and toes when going barefoot on the beach or wearing sandals or flip flops. For an easy application that won’t get messy or greasy, try EltaMD UV Spray Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. This easy-to-use spray sunscreen can be easily applied to hard to reach places like in between your toes and the sides of your feet. Plus, it’s formulated to provide sun protection without feeling heavy and it won’t run if your feet get wet.
How often do you apply sunscreen around your eyes and on your eyelid? Probably not as much as you should! The skin on and around your eyes is thin and delicate, making them much more susceptible to sun damage and photoaging. Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 shields the skin with microfine, mineral-based physical sunscreens while nourishing any dry skin with ceramides. It’s formulated to be worn both on the eyelid as well as underneath and features a universal tint, making it a perfect choice to wear under makeup.
Which sunscreen products are you most excited to try? Share with us in the comments below!