Scalp protection tips.

 
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Byline: Tracey Johnstone

YOU may be very aware of regularly applying sunscreen on our face, hands, arms and even our legs, but what about taking care of your scalp?

Dermatologist Dr Yan Pan says it's an area of the body that is often neglected.

"Hair loss can affect both genders," Dr Pan said. "With females, as they age, there will be thinning and increased parting of their hair on the scalp. It's a risk that people should be aware of."

The scalp is a high-risk site which if neglected, can lead to some nasty outcomes.

Protection

Wearing a hat is critical. Aim for a wide brim rather than relying on baseball caps.

Avoid relying on a visor for protection.

Treat wearing a hat like you treat putting on sunscreen; put it on as you head outdoors, particularly if you are going outside for an extended time.

Be aware of the UV index which you can find through the Sunsmart app which you can download from the App Store or Google Play.

Use sunscreen with a SPF factor of 30+, broad spectrum and is water-resistant. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.

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