People often joke that the UK is one of the cloudiest countries. Whether this is true, UV rays can still penetrate your scalp on an overcast day.
Shaving your head or experiencing hair loss exposes more skin to the sun. You no longer have the natural protection of hair to shield your scalp from UV rays. If you’re not careful, you may end up with a red scalp, dry white flakes, and increase your risk of skin cancer.
Sun Exposure Can Cause Skin Cancer
When you spend a lot of time in the sun, you increase exposure to UV radiation. On a typical day, you may have a shirt, pants, and jacket on. Your clothing protects a large portion of your skin from the sun. However, with a head shave, the skin on top of your head is exposed.
The UV rays that reach your skin may cause a sunburn, which increases your risk of cancer. In fact, getting burnt once every two years can triple your risk of developing melanoma.
Sunshine May Dry Out Your Scalp
The sun can also dry out your skin. When you shave head and neck hairs, you may experience drier skin, if you spend time outdoors. If you don’t moisturize properly, you may experience dry scalp.
Dry scalp produces symptoms that are like dandruff. You may develop dry white flakes that fall from your head. These flakes are the same dead skin cells that you see when you have dandruff. However, the cause of the problem is different. While dandruff is believed to be caused by inflammation, a dry scalp can be caused by too much sunshine.
Your head is also at greater risk of getting burned by the sun compared to other parts of your body. The skin on your head is thinner and stretched tightly over your scalp. This allows it to burn much quicker, increasing the risk of sunburn if you don’t use protection.
How to Protect Your Scalp from the Sun
To protect your scalp, use sunscreen or wear a hat. Both options help to block UV rays and prevent your scalp from getting dried out as easily.
You should also use a moisturizer after using a head razor. At HeadBlade, we offer a complete range of scalp care products, including HeadLube Post-Shave Moisturizer.
Researchers believe that 9 out of 10 cases of melanoma in the UK could have been prevented if people had properly protected their skin. If you choose to shave head and body hairs, remember that you are increasing your skin’s exposure to the sun. Use a sunscreen lotion or wear a hat to shield your scalp from harmful UV rays and remember to moisturize after each shave.