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The One Spot Everyone Misses When Applying Sunscreen

by kelly / July, 25 2018 01:30

Photo of a woman's eyes

Sometimes you can try to do everything right and still something goes wrong. True when applying sunscreen? Unfortunately yes it is. There’s a super common place everyone forgets to put sunblock on according to a new study by the University of Liverpool. But don’t worry we’re here to help you never forget that spot and finally achieve perfection!

Missed Sunscreen Spot

I’ll get right to the punch line – the spot most people miss is around the eyes. In the University of Liverpool’s study about 77% of participants missed putting sunscreen on the area between the corner of the eye and bridge of the nose.

Study Reveals the Truth

How did this study tell where people were missing sunblock? Well the researchers asked a group of 57 women and men to apply sunscreen to their faces. Then they used a UV sensitive camera to reveal the places the people missed.

13% of the participants missed their eyelids and 77% as mentioned above the area between their eyes and nose.

Eye Skin Cancer

So what’s the big deal if you miss the area around your eyes? Well according to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

“The eyelid region is one of the most common sites for nonmelanoma skin cancers. In fact, skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, account for five to 10 percent of all skin cancers.”

Sun safety for your eyes matters. It prevents skin cancer.

Sun Protection for Your Eyes

To keep your eyes safe in the sun don’t forget to apply sunblock on your eyelids and around your eyes. As the study shows, it’s the area most commonly missed.

Also grab a pair of sunglasses anytime you head outside on a sunny day. Make sure your sunglasses block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB lights and also protect against HEV light (high-energy visible light from the sun) as well. Check the label to see if the glasses offer these protections.

Keeping You Informed

We love keeping you in the know. So for more eye protection tips check out our post “Protecting Your Eyes from Skin Cancer and Other Sun Damages”.

Plus, our Studies blog posts have all the latest research on skin protection and our Suncare Smarts series covers a ton of sun protection info.

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