5 Weird Sunburn Locations
Posted on 30 July 2014
If you've got some outdoor time coming, make sure to protection the weird places you need sunscreen that aren't exactly obvious. Did you know even your fingernails can get sunburned?
Logically, these unusual sunburn locations are also highly susceptible to skin cancer, so be vigilant!
1. Top of the Feet
If you wear sandals, or run around sans shoes, don’t forget to rub them down with sunscreen all the way past the ankles, over the tops of the feet and toes.
I learned this lesson the hard way when I went walking on the beach 8 months pregnant. Everything was protected, except the top of my feet. And the resulting burn made my feet swell so badly that I couldn't walk on them for almost a week!
2. Tops of the Ears
If you're outside, your ears are taking a direct hit from the sun’s rays. This can happen even if you're wearing a hat, unless your ears are tucked in at all times and the hat has a UPF rating of Excellent.
3. Back of The Neck
It’s easy to forget the back of the neck especially after you’ve applied to the face, the arms, the legs, the back and torso (if shirtless). And if you have long hair, it might not even occur to you to apply to the back of the neck.
You mean our hair doesn’t protect against the sun? Not as much as we would like! Your head can burn causing redness and itchiness! Best to wear a hat or apply a thin layer of sunscreen to your head.
5. Eyes and Eyelids
The corneas of your eyes can get sunburned, and in some people, cause permanent damage. The delicate eyelid skin is thinner than most skin, making it more sensitive to damaging UV rays. The best type of protection for your eyes and eyelids on your eyelids are sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
Protect yourself and your family with a combination of sun protective clothing-the most convenient and effective form of sun protection, sunglasses and wide brim hats! Also, limit your outdoor time when possible, avoiding 10am-3pm when the suns rays are at their peak.