Scalp Sun Protection

Scalp sun protection is really important because scalp skin cancers are more aggressive, sun damaged scalps are fragile and spotty and the scalp gets a lot of sun.

We know that precancerous growths and basal and squamous cell carcinoma are common on the scalp. Melanoma is rarer on the scalp but really dangerous. It is also hard to spot early because it can hid in your hair.

How do melanomas happen on the scalp?

We know that sun UV rays play a big part in causing melanoma. Scalp skin is exposed to the sun from the first day of your life. Depending you your hair, that exposure may just be at the crown or vertex where your hair whorl is. It may be from the whorl and down the part line, or it may be more extensive. Most people have experienced sunburn on their scalp at least once, so you know the sun shines there. As hair thins with age, it thins the most on the top. Because that’s right where the sun always shines it means that exposure is chronic and significant. This all means that sun protecting your scalp is essential.

It also means that hats are important. Still many people balk at the idea of wearing hats, “I’m not a hat person”, “I don’t want hat hair” are common reasons I hear in my practice for resistance to wearing a proper sun hat when outdoors.

Sun umbrellas are perfect for times when you will be in the sun but won’t wear a hat. You still need sunscreen on your scalp if your head is hatless (see below)!

What’s the best way to really protect your scalp from the sun?

Wear a proper sun hat. That means one with a top that block UV rays because it’s made with UPF 50 or greater material. You want a full 3 to 5 inch brim too to protect the sides of the scalp, face, ears and upper neck. Look below for the hats I recommend – convenient and economical so they serve you and your scalp skin well.

When you can’t (won’t) wear a hat, apply sunscreen to the top of your scalp. You will need a thin product and my Spray Mineral Sunscreen is the best product I’ve ever found. Please learn to love sun hats though. I have to admit it took me years but now I’m hooked. I had to try a lot of hats before finding ones that were comfortable, functional and looked great on me. Now I wear my bucket hats all the time. I have them piled in every color on the shelf in my closet and they fit all but the most dressy occasion.

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  1. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

    $55.50
  2. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection   1013

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. 

    $41.00
  3. SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection  1014

    SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection

    Strong, yet non-irritating sunscreen and sun block is essential for people with sensitive skin.

    $40.50
  4. Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella  1306

    Travel Sun and Rain Protection Umbrella

    Block UV rays with confidence with this titanium umbrella. Make the shade follow you! This is my ultimate travel accessory and I never pack my suit case without it!

    $45.00
  5. Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen  1016

    Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

    This is the ultimate in 'nonchemical', mineral, physical sun protection. It is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.

    $32.00
  6. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  7. Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen  1078

    Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!
    $16.00
  8. Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen  1128

    Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.
    $19.00
  9. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too!

    $43.00
  10. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $38.00
  11. Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted  1307

    Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one!

    $20.00
  12. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats  1250

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!
    $20.00
  13. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40  1126

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin.
    $24.00
  14. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum  1157

    MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

    Luxurious, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with a Silky "Barely There" Finish.
    $32.00
  15. UV Ray Detecto Ring  1021

    UV Ray Detecto Ring

    Learn when you are exposed to harmful UV rays. The Detecto-Ring consists of plastic UV sensing beads and a colored key ring. Keep it on your key ring and test your sun exposure - the white beads turn color when they're exposed to UV-A or UV-B. Get ready to be surprised!

    $2.50
  16. Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40  1017

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $31.00
  17. Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30  1127

    Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    $24.00
  18. Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen  1309

    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances.

    $19.00
  19. Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen  1208

    Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

    This luscious and all natural face cream is my absolute new favorite face sunscreen! Natural, broad-spectrum mineral zinc oxide protection that feels and looks so good on your skin that you'll want to wear it 24/7.

    $45.00
  20. EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen  1125

    EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.00
  21. Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)  1313

    Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids.

    $15.00

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