During the summer months, the days are longer, which means the sun is shining longer as well. While these longer daylight hours are a benefit in some ways, it can also mean your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful rays for more extended periods. The most intense sun exposure time is between 10 AM to 4 PM.
It is commonly known that protecting your skin from harmful sun exposure helps prevent skin cancer. The ways to protect your skin is also widely known (sunscreen and protective clothing). However, protecting the skin on your scalp can prove to be a bit more challenging.
Your hair can get in the way of applying sunscreen to your scalp. Your hair can also provide you with a false assurance that your head is protected from the sun’s harmful rays. While your hair does provide limited sun protection, protecting your scalp should not be ignored. Not only is a sunburned scalp painful, but it also can lead to peeling and skin cancer as well.
Pay close attention to the part in your hair. Apply extra sunscreen to this fully exposed area, or cover it entirely with a hat. Choose a hat with a tight weave that does not allow the sun’s rays to get through to your scalp. Also, be aware that when you’re swimming it can expose your scalp more fully. For this reason, it’s essential to apply sunscreen to your entire scalp.
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Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
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