With summer in full swing, we’re hoping you’re all stocked up on sunscreen. But how much attention are you paying to the areas around your eyes?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancers of the eyelid account for 5 to 10 percent or all skin cancers, occurring predominantly on the lower lid which receives the most sun exposure.
“Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are stimulated by exposure to UV light, particularly UV-B,” explains Richard Norden, an ophthalmologist in Ridgewood, NJ, who explains that such tumors usually have a scar-like appearance and texture. ”It’s very important to apply sunblock to the lids with a SPF 15+ rating and wear sunglasses that filter out 99% of UV-A and UV-B.”
For sunglasses that offer full protection against UV light, look for shades that either note their ability to block 99% of UVB and UVA rays, meet ANSI Z80.3 requirements (American National Standards Institute) or offer UV 400 protection.
And don’t forget an SPF-infused eye cream around the eye—upper and lower lids. Some of our favorites include Clarins Sunscreen for Eyes Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30, $28, or Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SF 15, $69.