A Dermatologist on the SPF Trend that Doesn’t Work
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. But even though cancer is literally everywhere, when we do apply sunscreen — which should be every single day — we may miss protecting some important features. “Areas that are often missed during sunscreen application include the eyelids, the frontal hairline and the lips,” says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group.
And recently, one of those areas has gained a lot of press: the eyelids. With SPF eyeshadow circling the beauty market, it begets a few questions, with a major one leading the pack. Can you develop skin cancer on the eyelids?
In short, yes. “The eyelids receive a huge amount of cumulative radiation over the years and can develop skin cancer like anywhere else on the body. Because many people fail to apply their sunscreen to this delicate area, skin cancers [are] often found on the upper eyelids,” Nazarian says.
Source: The Sunday Edit – A Dermatologist on the SPF Trend that Doesn’t Work By, Drew Carlos