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Our Pick: The Best Scalp Sunscreens To Try This Summer

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Jun 03, 2021
08:00 A.M.
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With the warm weather comes the sunshine, and increased UV exposure can lead to sunburns and skin sensitivity. And the best way to shield yourself from the sun's rays is by reaching out for your sunscreen. Spoiler alert: your scalp might need one too!

"We tend to forget that any exposed scalp can get sunburned, and be at increased risk for developing skin cancer."

says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse.

Applying your face and body SPF formulations on your scalp may irritate or cause an unpleasant greasy feeling nobody's fond of. This is why using a sunscreen meant particularly for your scalp and strands is essential, and here are the best dermatologist-endorsed options to try.

Supergoop Invincible Translucent Setting Powder

Price: $30

Supergoop Invincible Translucent Setting Powder is a mineral-based formula enriched with SPF 45. This broad-spectrum, sweat-resistant setting powder contains ceramides and coated silica spheres and is particularly suitable for sensitive skin.

Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense UVA and UVB Protection

Price: $18

Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense UVA and UVB Protection is a mineral-based sunscreen powder to soothe and protect the skin from sunburn. The brush-on mechanism can be used just like a dry shampoo, offering added SPF protection.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Spray Sunscreen SPF 100

Price: $15

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Spray Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 100. This water-resistant spray sunscreen is excellent for targeting hard-to-reach areas, and its oil-free non-greasy finish is ideal for the hot weather.

Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Defense Sunscreen Spray

Price: $8

Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Defense Sunscreen Spray is a fast-drying, lightweight formula specially designed to shield your scalp and hair. It is recommended for use by the Skin Cancer Foundation, offering protection against UVA/UVB rays.

EltaMD UV Aero Full-Body Spray Sunscreen

Price: $34.50

Elta MD UV Aero Full-Body Spray Sunscreen is an oil-free zinc oxide sunscreen enriched with SPF 45. It is a water-resistant formula that offers adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays without leaving a white cast.

Colorescience Brush-On Sunscreen Mineral Powder

Price: $69

Colorescience Brush-On Sunscreen Mineral Powder is a lightweight SPF 50 formula with a non-greasy finish. Simply brush it onto your scalp and strands to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays.

Coppertone Defend & Care Ultra Hydrate Whipped Sunscreen Lotion

Price: $24

Coppertone Defend & Care Ultra Hydrate Whipped Sunscreen Lotion, enriched with vitamin E, which helps rejuvenate the scalp and hair. This broad-spectrum SPF 50 formula is designed to shield from the harmful UV rays, moisturizing and nourishing from the roots to the strands.

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