Alpecin Scalp Sun Protection

Questions and answers

Sunlight exposes the earth to UV radiation, the intensity of which depends on the position of the sun, the thickness of the ozone layer, altitude and weather conditions.

Depending on the wavelengths of the UV rays, a distinction can be made between UVA (long-wave) and UVB (short-wave) rays, which can penetrate the skin to different depths.

The skin has its own natural protective system to defend itself against these. The intrinsic protection time, however, is limited and depends on your skin type, any pre-tan and the intensity of the sun (UV index).

In the event of excessive sun exposure, your natural protection is no longer enough and there is a risk of sunburn. The energy of the UV light damages skin cells, causing the skin to become irritated and inflamed, resulting in redness or even blisters.

The skin's natural protection is limited and varies from individual to individual. If the skin's intrinsic protection is no longer satisfactory, the sun's rays damage the skin cells, causing sunburn. Sunburn appears as redness of the skin, itchiness, flushing and swelling or blisters.

Even though the skin usually regenerates itself within a few days following sunburn, long-term damage has been caused. Every time you have sunburn, this increases the risk of skin cancer and results in irreversible skin damage (e.g. accelerated skin ageing). You can protect yourself from this by using sunscreen.

Sunlight is made up of a continuous radiation spectrum that is divided into various types of radiation depending on the wavelength, e.g. into ultraviolet radiation (UV), visible light or infrared radiation (IR). UV radiation is also divided into short-wave UVB radiation and longer-wave UVA radiation.

UVB radiation only penetrates the uppermost layers of the skin, but it is very high in energy and results in skin damage in the event of overexposure. UVB rays are therefore primarily responsible for sunburn.

UVA radiation has lower energy levels than UVB radiation. However, it can penetrate deeper into the skin, damaging cells and causing tissue damage. Very high exposure to UVA radiation, however, can also lead to sunburn and an increased risk of skin cancer.

"SPF" is the abbreviation for "sun protection factor". The number specifies how much longer you can stay out in the sun until sunburn occurs after using sunscreen. The natural protection time depends on the respective skin type, any pre-tan and the intensity of the sun (UV index).

When applying sun protection, no parts of the body exposed to the sun should generally be forgotten. However, people often forget particularly light-sensitive areas such as the scalp, ears or the bridge of the feet. 

Alpecin Scalp Sun Protection has been developed to be distributed easily and evenly onto the scalp thanks to its special liquid galenic formulation. It is quickly absorbed. This ensures that the sun protection (SPF 15) is sufficiently distributed onto the affected areas of the scalp for effective protection from the sun.

Whether SPF 15 offers sufficient protection depends on the individual skin type and the intensity of the sun.

Alpecin Scalp Sun Protection can be applied both to dry and wet scalps. Dry your scalp briefly with a towel beforehand to enable optimum application. Thanks to its special formula, the liquid can be distributed easily and is quickly absorbed into the scalp.

We recommend applying Alpecin Scalp Sun Protection before styling your hair to be able to massage it thoroughly into your scalp. However, it can also be applied to styled hair. Apply directly from the bottle, guiding over the scalp before massaging in.

The more intensive the sun's rays, the more frequent and generous the application to ensure appropriate sun protection.

The amount of caffeine absorbed via the hair roots and scalp equates to precisely the right dose and is absolutely safe, even for people who react sensitively to caffeine.

Alpecin Scalp Sun Protection is suitable for all healthy scalps that are not irritated or damaged (not suitable for children).

The niacin contained in the caffeine complex improves the skin's barrier and boosts the scalp's ability to retain moisture.

Thanks to the alcohol, Alpecin Scalp Sun Protection is quickly absorbed and optimally transports the active ingredients to the hair roots. The alcohol does not have a negative effect on the scalp or the hair. 

The yellowish colour that occurs due to the light protection filter can result in discolouration on textiles.