As temperatures start to dip here, many are heading off in search of some sunshine. But if your vacay plans include a little sunbaking, or even walking around on balmy days, be warned because even the most careful of sunscreen applications can result in unwanted burns and odd shaped tan lines. And while it probably goes without saying that most of us are thorough with our shoulders, backs, necks, arms and legs, there are a few places you might want to double-check before heading out into the heat.
- Upper ears: Peeling, blistery ears? Ouch. Believe what you hear: if it happens one time, you'll never let it happen again.
- Hair part: The top of your head is often the first place the sun's rays hit. Be sure to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin on the scalp — especially your part. Better yet, wear a cute straw hat.
- Under arms: Falling asleep in the sun with arms stretched behind your head leaves plenty of exposed skin. Pay close attention to the back and underside of the arms to avoid an unpleasant burn that could leave you immobile.
- On the tops of feet: Wading in the water is nice. Burning the tops of your feet while wading in the water is not. Use protection.
- Eyelids: A burn on the eyelids and brow bone area is harsh, and unless your sunglasses have UV protection, make sure you don't miss this delicate area.
- Under straps: Straps and clothing/swimsuits shift as you move your body throughout the day. Take extra-special care to apply sunscreen not only to the areas around your clothing and swimsuits, but directly underneath them, too.
- Hairline: Warm-weather hairstyles often call for pulled-back ponytails and braids. A swipe of SPF around the hairline will prevent strange and painful burns around the perimeter of your face.
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