Hats off to you!
Actually we’ll be admiring you more today if you are keeping you hat on! For today, June 26, is the annual “Hat Day in the Sun,” when The Headwear Association brings national awareness about how the right hat can protect against skin cancer, sun damage and premature aging.
Summer hats can be fashionable, floppy and fun like this wavy brim floppy straw hat from Magid, one of the sponsors of “Hat Day in the Sun.” But even better, this hat’s 4.25-inch brim effectively shields your face from the sun while you lollygag by the pool and saunter down the beach.
And remember, The Headwear Association’s guidelines for selecting a summer sun hat:
- Wide Brims: Choose hats with at least a 2.5-inch brim and always wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. Women’s hats with brims larger than 5 inches also offer shoulder and décolletage protection from the sun.
- Curved Shapes: Look for hats that follow the contour of the head and neck. These shapes offer the best protection against ultraviolet radiation. A baseball cap is not recommended as it leaves the cheeks, ears and back of the neck exposed.
- Opaque Materials. The denser the fabric, the higher the UPF. Choose close-weave fabrics or tightly woven straw. Many hats have been tested for sun protection qualities, and include an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) number on the label. Fabrics are rated with a UPF rather than SPF, which only applies to sunscreens. UPF labels indicate how much of the sun’s UVR is absorbed by the product’s fabric. For instance, a hat with a UPF of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UVR to reach the skin.