1. Invest in a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen & SPF
When shielding your scalp from the sun, you'll want to ensure that your sunscreen not only wards off harmful UVA and UVB rays, but in your case is especially made for your scalp and won't leave it feeling greasy or weighed down. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30. You'll also want to make sure that the sunscreen is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and other numeral agents that help nourish and strengthen your hair from the scalp, and leave it feeling voluminous.
2. Examine The Ingredients Accordingly
Always read the label carefully when selecting your scalp and hair sunscreen. Inserting SPF protection can come in different forms, from physical and chemical filters to mineral SPF drops, where titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide a physical barrier and defend your scalp from radiation. Opt for a sunscreen specially crafted with ingredients that nourish and strengthen your hair, such as niacinamide, green tea extract, coffee extract, licorice root extract, microalgae extract, safflower seed oil, and green tea oil. And steer clear of formulas containing oxybenzone, a chemical found in some sunscreens that can damage coral reefs when washed off after swimming.
3. Avoid Sunburns & Prolonged Sun Exposure
The occasional sunburn might be inevitable for those who spend a good amount of time outdoors, but we still recommend taking the necessary precautions to avoid them. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, especially during peak UV times. While you might be tempted to bask in the sunlight or take an afternoon stroll with a hat or a scarf to protect your scalp, it’s always best to bring along extra protection in the form a good sunscreen for your scalp and hair.
4. Reapply & Accessorize
Reapply your sunscreen often. The recommended duration between re-applies of sunscreen is every two hours until day's end. If you’ve opted for a sunscreen powder or spray for your scalp, make sure you’re applying it evenly throughout the day. And accessorize with a hat or scarf if you’re having prolonged exposure to the sun, as they will keep your scalp and hair further safeguarded.
5. Stock Up on Antioxidants
Finally, one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your scalp and its follicles protected from the sun is to add vitamins and antioxidants to your scalp-care regime. Increase your consumption of rich antioxidant foods like blueberries, spinach, kale, and sweet potatoes, as well as vitamins A, B, C, and E, all of which are important for healthy hair growth and scalp protection.
While it’s essential to take the necessary measures to shield our scalps and hair from the sun’s damaging effects, there are nonetheless a plethora of ways we can go about doing it. Invest in a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF protection, consider the ingredients to ensure optimal nourishment to your scalp and hair, avoid sunburns and prolonged sun exposure, remember to reapply often, and stock up on antioxidants and vitamins for further protection.