Are You Protecting Your Eye Area with Sunscreen?

Are You Protecting Your Eye Area with Sunscreen? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Are You Protecting Your Eye Area with Sunscreen?

You know how important it is to apply (and reapply) sunscreen every time you go outside or sit by a window, but a lot of people miss applying sunscreen to their eye area completely. Spectrum Dermatology offers a variety of high-quality sunscreens, including sunscreens specifically for the face, to help make the application in this sensitive area a little easier. A recent study was published in PLOS One which revealed that between five and ten percent of skin cancer happens on the eyelid.

Areas of the body that are exposed to the sun the most—and are the most delicate—simply have a higher chance of sustaining sun damage. Your eyes tend to age a little faster than the rest of your face partially because that skin is so thin. It’s no surprise it’s also very vulnerable to harmful UV rays.

Researchers gave 84 people an SPF-rich moisturizer to apply. Next, they used UV cameras to see what parts of the face most people missed. Overwhelmingly, the majority of participants skimped on their eyelids, with about 20 percent of people completely ignoring this area. When participants were given sunscreen (not a moisturizer), 14 percent of people missed this critical area.

Lead author of the study Austin McCormick says, “People were applying cream and going out in the sun thinking they were protected. And yet one of the most vulnerable areas was left unprotected.” The sides of the neck and ear tips are also common areas to miss when applying sunscreen.

Unfortunately, this makes sense. People innately don’t want to “get things in their eyes,” and those who wear makeup don’t want to increase greasiness in the eyelids or mess up their makeup. However, it’s very important to evenly apply sunscreen wherever your skin is exposed to UV rays.

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Having the right sunscreen for the face is a great way to help you cover these areas. They are designed to not lead to breakouts and have an appealing texture so that you’ll want to use them on your face and eye area. To learn more about sunscreens, call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.