This sunscreen goes on like dry shampoo to protect your scalp from harmful UV rays

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If you have fine to thin hair, if your part is getting wider or if you simply want to protect your whole body from UV rays, you may have come across scalp spray sunscreens before. The problem is that many sprays are oily and make your hair feel greasy. If you plan to go swimming, that’s no big deal. However, Supergoop’s Poof Part Powder goes on like a dry shampoo, so you can wear it all day long and keep your blowout intact.

Your scalp is more susceptible to sunburn than you may think, especially in areas with a high UV index. And when it burns, it eventually peels and flakes like a sunburn you’d get anywhere else on your body. Not to mention, an unprotected scalp is at risk for skin cancer, too.

“Eighty percent of annual skin cancers occur on the head and neck — that includes exposed areas on the scalp (hairline and part line),” said Dr. Orit Markowitz, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and Founder of OptiSkin, in an interview with Byrdie. Most skin cancers are due to chronic skin exposure. On the scalp, this can look like sore, scaly spots that won’t heal.

So yes, it’s very important to get your annual skin check with a dermatologist. But it’s equally important to wear sunscreen.

Supergoop Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF 35, $34

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Supergoop’s Poof Part Powder has an SPF 35 that’s zinc-based. Simply spray it on your scalp and rub it in with your fingertips or a hairbrush. However, you should only apply it to dry hair, and it should be the very last step in your hair routine, even after hair spray.

It’s an easy step to protect yourself. With this product, you can keep sunburn and potential skin cancer at bay while also preventing your scalp from itching and flaking — something we can all agree isn’t very fun.

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The Poof Part Powder comes in one beige color to blend into the scalp (hopefully they’ll create some translucent and darker colors in the future, too). However, shoppers love it (this editor included!).

“Love this stuff,” wrote one reviewer on Supergoop’s website. “My scalp always gets burned when I’m in the sun, and I try to wear a hat, but there are days when I can’t. When I discovered this, I ordered it so fast! It goes on so nicely and stays on all day!”

“Amazing for when my 2-year-old won’t wear a hat!” wrote another reviewer.

The Poof Part Powder costs $34 for about an ounce of product. That might sound expensive, but the bottle should last you a while. Give it a try the next time you’re heading out in the sun, no matter what the UV index is for the day.

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