What is the most important thing I need to know about scalp sunscreen?
The most important thing to understand about scalp sunscreen is that it should be used regularly, including on days when the sun is not particularly strong. Severe sunburn and skin cancer can occur after prolonged exposure to sunshine, and a good sunscreen will protect not only your scalp but also the rest of your body. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming or excessive sweating, and the American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a generous amount (for an average-sized adult, that equates to a shot glass full).
Should I use regular sunscreen or a specific scalp sunscreen?
Ideally, you should use a specific sunscreen for the scalp. Many conventional sunscreens contain chemicals that can damage the scalp, whereas a specifically formulated scalp sunscreen is designed to withstand the challenges of outdoor activities, such as sweat and water. A scalp and hair sunscreen will contain fewer chemicals and will also help to add volume and shine to your hair.
What is SPF?
SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) measures the amount of protection a sunscreen will provide against UVB radiation, which causes sunburn. Higher SPF numbers will offer greater protection against sunburn. Most experts recommend using a minimum SPF 30 on your scalp, as greater protection will be needed in a sunny climate like Florida.
Are there any ingredients I should avoid?
Yes, there are a few sunscreen ingredients that should be avoided. Oxybenzone and Octinoxate are two chemical UV actives often found in sunscreen that have been linked to added damage in the event of prolonged exposure to the sun. Instead, when choosing a sunscreen for your scalp, look for natural ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, homosalate, octocrylene, and octisalate.
Should I use scalp sunscreen for Thinning hair?
If you are experiencing thinning hair or hair-loss, a scalp sunscreen is an important part of your daily routine to ensure that the Scalp is not aggravating the issue. Sun exposure causes a lot of damage to hair, especially when it is exposed to UVA and UVB radiation for long periods of time. A scalp sunscreen will provide protection from the sun’s damaging rays and help keep your hair healthy.
Are there any other benefits of using scalp sunscreen?
Using a scalp sunscreen will provide you with several benefits: it will protect your scalp from sunburn and skin cancer; it will nourish your hair with antioxidants, amino acids, and nutrients; and it will help to lift and style your hair for a more voluminous look. Additionally, as scalp sunscreen is designed to withstand sweat and water, it can be used for outdoor activities, such as swimming and sports, without the need for frequent reapplication.
Are there any side effects of using a scalp sunscreen?
Using a scalp sunscreen is generally safe and should not cause any negative side effects. However, it is important to bear in mind that sunscreen can irritate the scalp if used too often. If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.
Scalp & Hair Sunscreen SPF 40 is essential for achieving and maintaining beautiful, healthy hair in Florida. For further information on scalp sunscreen use, we recommend consulting a licensed dermatologist or hairdresser for the best advice.