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Summer Hats

Updated on May 31, 2011

Reasons to Wear a Hat

Everyone know how damaging the sun's rays can be and it's not just because of the premature wrinkles, sun spots and leathery texture years of sun worshipping can give you. There's worse things, such as melanoma, eye-damage and ugly superficial skin cancers. According to the ant-cancer council, It's been estimated that up to 90 percent of skin cancer could potentially be prevented if people reduced their exposure to the sun.

In Australia we have one of the highest UV levels in the world and it shows in our skin - as we also have the highest skin cancer rate in the world. I once heard a dermatologist, who was based in England, say he could tell an Australian as soon as they walked into his surgery because of the skin damage - many of us look ten years older than our European counterparts due to our powerful UV. The other benefit is that if you have coloured or permed hair a hat will protect the colour from fading and keep processed hair from drying out. Hair can get sunburnt too.

Save your skin: reasons to wear a hat in Summer

  • Helps you to guard against melanoma
  • Protects your eyes
  • Keeps you looking younger
  • They look great and help you to stand out in a crowd
  • The right hat can give you an air of intrigue
  • They show that you're smart (sun smart at least)
  • Means you can get away with a bad hair day


Sun hat available from Amazon
Sun hat available from Amazon

Summer Hats for Women

When choosing a hat for sun protection, it's wise to go for a wide brim for maximum shelter from those penetrating rays. Ideally, brims on broad brimmed hats should be 8-10cm wide. These hats reduce the amount of ultraviolet radiation reaching the face and eyes by up to
50%.

There are plenty of styles to choose from mysterious Mata Hari to Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and in a range of colours too.

Hurt your eyes? Imagine what it does to the flesh. Our, powerful, burning sun. Photo from cnyhealingarts.com
Hurt your eyes? Imagine what it does to the flesh. Our, powerful, burning sun. Photo from cnyhealingarts.com
Trophy Panama Hat, available from Amazon
Trophy Panama Hat, available from Amazon

Summer Hats for Men

It's easier to find very broadbrimmed hats for women than men but they are available - the Panama is fairly wide as is a Mexican sombrero style hat (best of all). Still, any hat is better than none at all, so if you don't fancy the ultra-wide brim, compromise with an in-between.

Baseball caps don't really cut it when it comes to sun protection as they leave your ears and neck exposed to damage and sun rays can hit you from the open sides.

Flap Happy Flap Hat With Ties, available at Amazon
Flap Happy Flap Hat With Ties, available at Amazon

Summer Hats for Kids

Protection from summer sun for kids is even more imortant than it is for adults as much of the damage in done in childhood.Up to 70% of Australians have detectable sun damage of the skin by the age of 14.

The best hats for small children are those which protect the face, back of the neck and ears from overexposure to UVR. They're the best hats for older children too but realistically, young teens will probably refuse to wear this kind of hat, so you'd be better off opting for a surf brand like roxy or Quicksilver.

Best Materials for a Summer Hat

For Summer you don't want anything to heavy, so a closely woven straw or cotton hat is an excellent choice as it let's your head 'breathe' and offers protection as well. In the case of straw, it's important to try not to get one too widely woven as the holes will let that destructive sun in.

The anti-cancer councuil and selected pharmicies and department stores also offer sun-smart material which has a very high protection factor. Don't forget to use sunscreen as well..and remeber, only mad dogs an Englishman go out in the midday sun...try to enjoy your beach and sunshine exposure before 11 am and after 3 pm, especially if you are an Australian.


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