Even the most vigilant sunscreen users sometimes miss a few crucial spots. Besides being painful — sunburn on your toes makes flip-flops pretty unbearable — sun damage even on small parts of your body can boost your skin cancer risk.
So 30 minutes before you head out for a day in the sun, use a shot-glass-sized amount of sunscreen (a measurement suggested by the Mayo Clinic) for your whole body; then re-apply after you sweat, go swimming or after you’ve been out for two hours. And be sure to hit these often overlooked spots:
1. Feet — Apply sunscreen on the tops and bottoms of your feet and even between your toes. You might get sand stuck all over your feet, but skin cancer on the foot is quite prevalent, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, so it’s worth it!
2. Lips — Pucker up and apply lip balm with SPF 30 or more. It’s a great habit for everyday use, too.
3. The front and back of your neck — The neck is one of the most common spots where skin cancer appears, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Make sure you hit all around your neck, even if you have long hair.
4. Behind your knees — The legs are the most common place where women get skin cancer (it’s the chest for men), so don’t miss behind your legs.
5. The part in your hair — Skin cancer on the scalp is not uncommon, especially if your hair is thinning. Even if you have a healthy mane, use sunscreen spray along your part and massage it into your roots to get protection without greasy hair.