How good are we at applying sunscreen?

The Sunscreen Challenge

With the summer sun soon upon us and families spend more time outdoors, it is always worth reminding ourselves of the dangers of exposing our skin to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Our colleagues at the Department of Eye and Vision Science, University of Liverpool, carried out a study last summer to see how good we really are at applying sun tan lotion and results show we aren’t very good at all!   

Their findings revealed that most people miss the regions around their eyes and particularly the areas near the bridge of the nose. Importantly, these regions of the face are particularly prone to developing skin cancers and their findings indicate that people are likely to be unprotected, putting themselves at risk.

The significance of this study attracted a lot of media attention including the BBC, ITV, national papers and even Dr Chris Steele discussed it on This Morning with Philip and Holly.  

You can learn more about the study and its significance by clicking here