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How the Hell Did I Get This Sunburn: The Truth

Written by Elizabeth Lynn

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Posted on April 03 2019

SAY IT AGAIN FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK
 
Skin cancer remains the #1 most common cancer in the United States.
 
According the the Melanoma Research Foundation, over 160,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017. This number is largely due to the fact that someone who’s had more than 5 sunburns in his or her lifetime is twice as likely to develop skin cancer.
 
So let’s talk about prevention: if a history of sunburns increases the risk of developing skin cancer, we should just be able to decrease the risk by wearing more sunscreen, makes sense right? Well duhhhh, but we want to go further because melanoma is not just skin cancer - it can develop anywhere on the body, including eyes, scalp, nails, feet, mouth, etc.
 
That’s why we want to talk about the places that we forget to put on sunscreen, because those problematic sunburn areas are not going to get in our way. Our advice for applying sunscreen is simple - put it all over your body when you’re fresh out of the shower. Sunburns are so much more preventable if sunscreen is applied like a moisturizer.
 
Don’t treat your body like a guessing game.
Rub White Girl all over your bod, and pay extra attention to these pesky problem areas.
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TOP OF YOUR FEET
Who doesn’t love wearing sandals during summer, or going barefoot at the beach? We certainly do, but if our sandals are basically just foot thongs, then going barefoot is like nude-sunbathing without sunscreen. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a good lay in the nude (pun intended) - so lather up, don’t cover up. Take your application regime lower than your ankles.
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BACK OF YOUR NECK
Out of sight - out of mind? Not here, we’re way too extra for that. Sure, you might be wearing your hair down at first, but if that super hot boy asks you to join in on the beach volleyball, you’ll be putting your hair up, exposing the back of your neck to the sun. Plot twist: the sun’s actually a lot hotter than the boy, so give the back of your neck a good rub, or ask the hot-boy to do it. (We’re really rooting for you and this boy).
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UNDERARMS
This one has happened to all of us - one minute we’re fine and the next we have a crescent moon-shaped sunburn in between our arm and bathing suit/tank top. This happens because tank tops and bathing suits move around when we do, leaving an uncovered area exposed. Even if you hit this area before you get dressed, make sure to pay attention to it when you re-apply.

Standing score:
Crescent moon tattoo we got while drunk on college spring break with our bestie: 1
Crescent moon shaped sunburn: 0
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EYES, EARS, AND LIPS
This is the trifecta of places we forget to apply: ears, eyes, and lips. Ears are becoming a much more common place for skin cancers to pop up, and wearing hats, stunner shades, and ponytails isn’t preventing this from happening. And while eyelids aren’t as common a place for cancer, let’s consider that blinking is a pretty vital part of our daily routines, and isn't a comfortable place for a sunburn. Lastly, you can't enjoy a hook up with chapped lips. SPF Chapstick babes, it exists.
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HANDS
Our hands show signs of aging faster than any other part of the body, even the face. So all the botox, anti-aging treatments, and makeup in the world can’t hide the fact that you’re aging like a fine red wine. There’s only one thing that prevents premature aging in your perfectly manicured hands, and that’s sunscreen application. If anything, protecting your hands holds the promise of giving your ex a middle finger he’ll never forget.
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BACK OF YOUR KNEES
Unless you want to forget about walking, running, sitting, squatting, or shaving for the rest of the summer, don’t forget to lather up behind your knees. It’s kind of unmarked territory, but in actuality, the back of the leg is actually the most common place on a woman’s body that melanoma is prone to show up, according to Dr. Julia Carroll, Director of Compass Dermatology in Toronto.