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Sunburned Scalp: Protecting Your Scalp from the Sun

Sunburned Scalp: Protecting Your Scalp from the Sun

While many of us diligently apply sunscreen to our faces and bodies during sunny days, we often forget a crucial part of our skin that's just as susceptible to sun damage - our scalp. A sunburned scalp can be painful and uncomfortable, but you can enjoy the sun without the burn with proper care and prevention. Today, let’s explore the causes, remedies, and prevention tips for sunburned scalp.

First thing first, what are the causes?

The most common cause of a sunburned scalp is prolonged exposure to the sun without adequate protection. This often happens when we're outdoors for extended periods, such as at the beach, hiking, or playing sports.

Symptoms of a sunburned scalp can vary in severity, but they often include:

  • Redness
  • Feeling warm or hot to the touch
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Itching and dryness
  • Small, fluid-filled blisters
  • Peeling

Where It Occurs and How to Prevent It

In fact, individuals with thinning hair are more vulnerable to scalp sunburn because there's less hair to provide shade and protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Bald spots or areas of significant hair loss are the most susceptible to sunburn. Without any hair coverage, these areas are directly exposed to the sun.

Even if you don't have thinning or bald spots, those relentless UV rays can begin to target your part line, the crown of your head, and areas with thin or sparse hair.

"If that's the case, do I need to wear sunscreen on my scalp every day?"

The answer is both YES and NO, and here's why:

  • YES, if you anticipate prolonged sun exposure, especially if you have thinning hair or bald spots.

  • NO, if you have full hair coverage and your sun exposure is brief, and you're already wearing a hat, applying sunscreen to your scalp may not be necessary.

Sun Rescue 101: What to Do After Prolonged Sun Exposure

While basking in the sun is enjoyable, extended exposure can leave your scalp needing rescue and care. This guide will walk you through the essential steps after prolonged sun exposure to soothe and heal your scalp.

1. Hydrate

Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body and scalp. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to dehydration, and adequate hydration is essential for healing.

2. Cool Down

If your scalp feels hot or appears red, use a cool, damp cloth to cool the affected area gently. This can help reduce heat and inflammation.

3. Pre-Shampoo Moisture

Standard shampoo may not provide the soothing care it needs when your scalp is sunburned. Instead, opt for a gentle, hydrating approach to relieve discomfort and promote healing. Apply Pure Organic Argan Oil to your scalp and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants and boasts anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for soothing irritations and reducing redness.

4. Post-Shampoo Healing and Relief 

Moisturizing and cleansing your sunburned scalp is a great start, but what comes next is equally crucial: rebalancing your scalp. Apply pH Balanced Scalp Mask evenly to your scalp. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. The mask helps strengthen your scalp's natural protective barrier, restore balanced pH Levels, and preserve a healthy scalp microbiome.

After using the pH Balanced Scalp Mask, you should feel significant relief and comfort in your scalp. It's a crucial step in healing and rejuvenating your sunburned scalp.

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