Sometimes when we apply sunscreen to our face, we focus on the stuff in the center -- the nose, cheeks and forehead. Less sunscreen makes it to the sides of our face or to our ears. And if you count on the brim of a baseball cap to protect your face, your ears are left exposed to the sun. Men with short hair or women who wear their hair up are particularly at risk for an ear burn.
Even if you manage to dab your lobes with sunscreen, you're likely not giving your ears the attention they deserve. Skin cancer cells appear on all parts of the ear, including in the rims and bowls that may seem to be protected from the sun. The ear has a pretty complicated structure, with lots of crevices and grooves, but you just need a few extra minutes to apply enough sunscreen to protect your ears.