Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

You, like everyone else, have been putting on sun cream wrong this whole time


We’re not saying it’s easy: in fact, as far as I can tell, the whole “sunburn buddy system” – where you entrust a spotter make sure you don’t go all crab-like and painful, cooked under the warm sun – was introduced just so that we don’t have to put sun cream on ourselves. 

Not only is it annoying, and greasy, and a clothes-ruiner if you spill a bit, to cap it all off, you’re almost certainly applying it totally wrong, missing key areas of your face. 

Researchers at the University of Liverpool recently asked 57 participants to apply sun screen to their face “as normal” – scare quotes our own on account of only-slightly-less-recent reports that almost a quarter of Brits don’t wear any sun protection at all – before photos were taken of each with a UV-sensitive camera to track the application and see where they missed. And yeah, turns out people aren’t very good at it at all.

Per University of Liverpool’s announcement: “On average people missed 9.5 per cent of the whole face, with the most commonly missed areas being the eyelids (13.5 per cent) and the area between the inner corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose (77 per cent).”

“The researchers then asked the participants back to repeat the experiment, this time giving extra information about skin cancers of the eyelid region. Armed with this information there was a slight improvement in the level of sunscreen coverage with 7.7% per cent of the face left unprotected.”

Dr Kevin Hamill, from the University’s Department of Eye and Vision Science, said: “It’s worrying that people find it so hard to sufficiently apply sunscreen to their face, an area which is particularly at risk of skin cancer due to the amount of sun exposure it receives. Perhaps the most important thing to take away from this research is the importance of sunglasses. Most people consider the point of sunglasses is to protect the eyes, specifically corneas, from UV damage, and to make it easier to see in bright sunlight. However, they do more than that, they protect the highly cancer prone eyelid skin as well.”

You heard the doctor: there’s never been a better time to invest in a new pair of shades (or to not leave yourself unnecessarily at risk of developing melanoma).

(h/t Mental Floss)



Quentin Tarantino's new movie will be based on an infamous murder case


Channel 4 just hammered the final nail into Bake Off's coffin


There's a tiny city on Google Maps, and you can see it on Street View


Stormzy calls out Met Police for bizarre Notting Hill Carnival tweet

Once again, he is spot on

by Dave Fawbert
22 Aug 2017

A story saying Big Ben will be renamed for Muslims has upset idiots

Winding up racists - never not funny

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

13 facts about cheating all couples need to know

Number one fact: Don't do it

by Gary Ogden
21 Aug 2017

Londoners have revealed their favourite and most-hated Tube lines

Which is your favourite line?

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

The 10 most liveable cities in the world have been named

Did your home make the cut?

by Tom Victor
21 Aug 2017

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017