Sunscreen: Why Can’t We Forget Our Eyelids?

Sunburn, brown spots, premature aging. To protect your skin from UV rays, it is essential to apply sunscreen on the whole body. But there are many of us who ignore a forgotten area and yet are so vulnerable to the sun…

Nose, arms, shoulders, thighs, back… Putting sunscreen on your body is a precious gesture to maintain the health and beauty of your skin. But according to a study published in the journal PLOS One, we tend to neglect or even forget a very delicate part of our body. Which ? The eyelids. Still, it is a major target for skin cancer.

Why should you protect your eyelids?

We put sunscreen on the forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, but rarely on the eyelids. However, the skin of our eyelids is extremely fragile because it is thin and therefore more sensitive to UV rays, so much so that, according to this study, about 10% of skin cancers develop in this forgotten area.

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How to protect them?

To protect your eyelids from UV rays, avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as this is the time when the sun is most important and the sun’s rays are most damaging. In addition, apply sunscreen every two hours (or even sooner if you swim) and wear sunglasses and a hat for maximum protection.

An important reminder for the start of the summer holidays. And since it is often difficult to choose a good sunscreen, discover our 5 tips to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

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