Anabel Kingsley’s Top Tips to Help an Itchy Scalp:
• Shampoo regularly. Your scalp is skin – a living tissue. It therefore needs to be cleansed frequently. Like the skin on your face, your scalp contains thousands of sweat glands and oil glands and sheds dead skin cells. It is also exposed to the same environmental pollution as the skin on your face.
• Tone daily. Use a soothing antimicrobial scalp toner each morning to perk-up your scalp environment. Look for witch hazel to regulate oil levels and camphor to cool and calm.
• Don’t forget to exfoliate. Just like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from weekly exfoliation. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and pesky flakes. It also encourages healthy skin cell turnover. (Now this I have never even thought of and yet it’s so logical – 50Sense)
• Protect your scalp from UV rays. Your scalp can burn just like the skin on your face. Initially, this can result in redness, peeling and itching. Long term, sun exposure can cause serious damage, like skin cancer.
• Eat right. Just as certain foods can affect acne-prone skin, they can also flare-up a problematic scalp. Cheese, full-fat dairy products, very sugary treats and white wine and champagne are common aggravators.
Other foods are very good for your scalp. For instance, Omega 3s found in fatty fish such as salmon and sardines are anti-inflammatory.
For an extra Omega-3 boost, take a daily Omega-3 supplement. I recommend our Root Complex supplement. This also contains Collagen, Silica, Co-Enzyme Q10 and Vitamin D (Vitamin D being another hair and scalp essential).
• Approach a scalp problem as you would a skin problem. Use highly targeted products daily until symptoms clear, and then incorporate preventative products into your regular regime to help keep issues at bay.
Malcolm McLaren’s catchy line from “Buffalo Gals” unwittingly encapsulates the struggle many women face with menopausal itchy scalp. However, with the right approach, including regular cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and protection against UV rays, combined with a nutritious diet and targeted supplements, it’s possible to maintain a healthy scalp.
Products like the award-winning shampoo, scalp toner, and the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer offer a practical solution to this pesky problem, proving that with the correct care, your scalp can be just as pampered as your skin.