Rejoice, summer is finally here! Sure, we are undoubtedly turning to our sun dresses, sunglasses and sunblock to equip us against the rising temperatures, but where do our hair and scalp fit into our updated regime? Many of us tend to overlook the necessity of caring for our scalp-skin during the heat of summer. Alas, these sweltering temperatures are bound to wreak some havoc on our hair and scalp.
Whether it be sunburn, exposure to the elements, increased sweat production or dry and brittle strangs, it is clear that our scalp-skin and hair need a little extra care and attention during the summer months. What is gospel at MONPURE is the notion that a healthy scalp equates to healthy hair (and thicker, fuller hair at that), and consistent scalpcare can prevent issues such as hair loss – the latter of which affects 40% of women in their lifetime. What’s more, studies have shown that the scalp-skin ages just as fast as our facial skin, which can be exacerbated by increased sun exposure.
With that in mind, here are MONPURE’s tips to summer-proofing your hair and scalp.
Add oil-control to your formula
The sweatiness of summer only worsens the usual measure of dirt, debris and oil build-up found on your scalp. While facial exfoliation is a mainstay in our skincare routines, exfoliating the scalp-skin often falls below the wayside. Unwanted oiliness and build-up can function to clog the hair follicles, leading to irritation or even the inhibition of hair growth entirely. Imbued with the summery scent of sweet orange and rosemary, our Clarifying Scalp Scrub should form the heart of this summer’s regime. It’s biodegradable jojoba beads gently lift away any lingering debris, dry skin or oil, while the nourishing properties of shea butter and argan oil boost shine and moisture from root to tip.
Ward off UV damage
Ever heard of free radicals? You might be familiar with them in facial skincare – they’re essentially unstable molecules which can attack healthy tissue. The primary cause? Sunlight – or UV rays to be specific. As you may be aware, there are different kinds of UV rays. UVA are the kind that cause premature ageing, while UVB rays cause sunburn. (An easy way to remember: A = ageing, B = burning). As well as ageing the scalp-skin, UVA rays penetrate the hair structure which can destroy colour pigment leading to colour fade. While UVB rays both burn the scalp and target the surface of the hair. This damages the cuticle layers and breaks down the keratin protein (the hair’s building blocks) and lipids, leaving it weak and fragile. Introducing a topical scalp care product that is teeming with antioxidants is an effective way to arm your scalp against these environmental aggressors as well as the hazardous elements synonymous with summer. Our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask’s hero ingredient, camellia tea oil, delivers an instant infusion of antioxidants and vitamins that work to neutralize the free radicals produced by the sun, ultimately providing protection and nourishment.
Quell dryness through ‘essence’ conditioning
Although incredibly refreshing, chlorine and salt water can be harsh on our delicate strands, causing them to be brittle, dry and lackluster. This is only aggravated by the damage inflicted by the summer sun. Amplify hydration and battle breakage with our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, which departs from traditional wisdom surrounding conditioning, and encourages both scalp-skin and hair-length nourishment with its lightweight texture. Performing a dual role of protecting against environmental pollutants as well as bestowing a restorative ‘second skin’ to the hair shaft and scalp, its vegan silk peptides are unparalleled defenders against the sun and sea water’s damaging effects. The accompanying moisturising double-act of argan oil and Pro Vitamin B5 leave the hair and scalp supremely nourished throughout the summer months.
Deliver a soothing solution
Sun damage refers to a form of radiation burn caused by overexposure to UV rays, which leads to direct DNA and cell damage. If your scalp is feeling the heat or is slightly sunburnt,
gently applying a few drops of our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum through your roots can remedy the pain, inflammation and redness from a day out in the sun. The formulation of redness-reducing witch hazel, cell regenerating allantoin and moisture-locking Pro Vitamin B5 will do well to subdue any harm precipitated by the sun.
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