How It Works

Why does my nose tend to get sunburnt more than other parts of my face?


If you’re going to get sunburnt, your nose is probably going to be a victim. But is it really because your nose is that much closer to the Sun?

No. Your nose might burn faster because of the angle at which you’re positioned at the time, or because you’re getting a glare off something. But it’s more likely you’ve failed to protect your nose. Sunglasses shield your eyes and the skin around them. A hat keeps the Sun off your forehead, but not necessarily all of your face depending on its size. And when putting suncream on, your nose often gets neglected.

So, pay special attention to your hooter when putting on sunblock!

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