Allure posted “Supergoop Just Launched a Sunscreen for Your Scalp With SPF 45, the Poof Part Powder” featuring Dr. Purvisha Patel
The article includes Dr. Patel‘s expert commentary on why it’s important to protect your scalp from sunburns.
Although it might seem unnecessary at first thought, those who have experienced a burnt scalp firsthand know how painful it can be. Not to mention that just one sunburn can cause lasting damage to your skin. “The skin needs protection from the sun, whether it is on your scalp or anywhere else on the body,” explains Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “In fact, the scalp is at an even greater risk for sunburn because it faces upwards to the sun and is often completely unprotected.”
If avoiding a sunburn isn’t reason enough to start protecting your part (though it should be), sun damage to the scalp can also “bleach the hair and contribute to brittleness,” says Zeichner.
What’s more, if you think your hair isn’t enough to protect against scalp burns, think again. “Most people think that hair will protect the skin on your scalp, but this is not true,” explains board-certified dermatologist Purvisha Patel. “Especially in those with light-colored or thinner hair, scalps can burn and part lines in the scalp are common places for skin cancer.” Your scalp is also one of the first areas to get hit by sunlight when you step outside, so if you’re not a regular hat-wearer, a scalp-protective SPF makes a lot of sense.
Although it’s the dreary, gray end of winter in New York City, I gave the Poof powder a try for myself. While I can’t really attest to its sun-protective powers (oh, sun, where are you?), I canshare that it feels very similar to a powder-based dry shampoo. And, like it claims, it didn’t leave my roots feeling or looking greasy.