So you finally found the perfect sunscreen, bring it everywhere you go and even make sure you don’t forget to reapply. You think you’ve already mastered sun protection down to a T—but think again. Most of the time, we only apply sunscreen on areas that we assume get the most sun exposure, often forgetting about those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. But here’s the thing: Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, can appear anywhere on the body, including areas we neglect to protect from the sun—like the palm of our hands, the top of our ears and even the soles of our feet.
Fortunately, the risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer can be easily reduced by taking simple steps to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. When using sunscreen, it’s not only important to know which ones work best for you or when to apply and reapply. Getting optimum sunscreen defense means knowing how much you need to use (an ounce or about a palmful) and making sure you cover all your bases. To help get you started, we’ve listed our best tips and recommendations.