You're missing a vital area while applying sunscreen

It's normal to want a little summer glow, but after a long day of sun-tanning, you might come back inside looking like a lobster -- or worse, make yourself more vulnerable to skin cancer.

That's because you're applying sunscreen the wrong way. The most common place on the body for skin cancer to form is the face, so don't pass on lathering up. Apparently, most of us do a lousy job around the eye area.

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People usually miss about 10 percent of their face when applying SPF, according to new research presented at the British Association of Dermatologists' annual conference. Specifically, on or around the eyelids.

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Researchers had 57 men and women apply sunscreen without instructions and then looked at the missed areas with an ultraviolet light.

13 percent missed their eyelids altogether.

77 percent missed the area between the inner corners of the eyes and the bridge of the nose.

It's a major problem, because this sensitive area is where 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers occur, according to researchers.

Researchers asked the people why they didn't apply SPF in those regions, and the answer was obvious: because it stings.

They suggest sucking it up or buying water-resistant formulas. You can also opt for rocking some shades and a hat to protect against the sun's rays.

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