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Fitness

7 Surprising Sunburn Hot Spots

You know to slather SPF on the usual suspects: arms, legs, and anything your bikini isn't covering. But there are some areas prone to burning that you can't apply SPF to even if you want to! Read on and stay protected from head to toe all year long.
woman smiling in bikini Hot Spot: Your Calves

The next time you take an afternoon catnap in the sun out on your stomach, make sure you don't fall asleep unprotected. "The back of the legs is the most common place for melanoma in women," says Dr. Gohara, adding that it's also the most deadly form of skin cancer in women. You may not think of this area often, but neglecting it could have a serious outcome later on.

Stay protected! Look for the words "broad spectrum" on the label when buying a sunscreen (to ensure it has both UVA and UVB coverage) and make sure it's SPF 30 or higher. Slather plenty of it on and don't forget to reapply every two hours. Dr. Gohara's go-to brand is the mineral-based La Roche-Posay sunscreen, which is chemical-free and even comes in a tinted formula to give your legs a sun-kissed glow.

When heading out into the sun, also remember to keep yourself hydrated. "You can achieve this through high-water foods, like most fresh fruits and veggies, not just by drinking liquids," says Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, culinary nutritionist and author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes. As for liquids, she says to steer clear of large amounts of caffeine, like coffee. But sipping some green tea is actually a good thing. That's because it contains polyphenols, which may protect the skin against damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun as well as improve skin quality.

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