Most of us know how important it is to take care of the skin on our face. We notice the immediate difference after we’ve cleansed, toned and moisturized. Our skin looks and feels healthier. But chances are, you haven’t been told how to care for your scalp. Let’s dig into the science of this often-overlooked area.
Beneath the surface, face skin and scalp skin are essentially the same, but above the surface the differences between the two are more obvious
THE SKIN ON YOUR SCALP
Unlike the skin on your face the scalp is (usually) covered with thick, longer hair. This makes your scalp prone to more problems than your face - and it’s the reason why your scalp needs special care.
The hair on the scalp creates a warm, dark and humid environment, where microbes like Malassezia thrive.It also provides plenty of oils, which Malassezia breaks down for energy.
The irritants it produces during this process cause dandruff. The presence of hair also makes the scalp harder to clean than the skin on your face.
YOUR SCALP MICROBIOME
When the microbiome (the natural ecosystem of microscopic bacteria and yeasts) on your scalp is balanced, your scalp will look and feel healthy, but when the balance is upset you can experience itch, irritation, redness and dandruff flakes.
An unbalanced microbiome is an environment that is more prone to irritation, dryness or flakiness.
A lot of people think that washing their hair is just about the hair itself - but their scalp is just as important, if not more so.
Taking care of your scalp should be a top priority if you’re aiming for healthy-looking locks.
At Head & Shoulders, we’ve led over 30 clinical assessments in the last 10 years to better understand how to keep it in good shape.
We’ve even discovered new ways to detect changes in your scalp condition, like measuring histamine (a compound involved in immune responses) to see how irritated or inflamed the skin is, and measuring how well your skin holds on to essential moisture.
SIGNS A SCALP NEEDS EXTRA CARE
When your scalp isn’t in good shape, you might notice:
If your face was dry, you’d apply a lotion - but that’s not as easy on the scalp.
A great place to start, is with a good scalp care shampoo like Head & Shoulders Supreme collection. In fact, Head & Shoulders is clinically proven to improve scalp skin by:
- improving moisture
- relieving itch
- calming irritation
- helping eliminate flakes
- restoring balanced microbiome
- strengthening skin
- protecting skin from irritants
- creating a good foundation for healthy hair
Make skin care for your scalp a priority and enjoy healthier, fresher looking hair.