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Sun Hat Guide

Its important to Choose a sun hat appropriate for your needs, and a hat that will be comfortable and enjoyable to wear. During daily activities, the Head, face, and neck is often neglected in sun protection. Its a fact that a third of all skin cancers appear on the face and around the neck and ears due to Ultraviolet Radiation damage. Sun damage is also the biggest cause of premature aging which starts as a child. Sun protection hats that shield as much of the head and neck as possible provide protection against these Ultraviolet rays.

Four things to consider when choosing the perfect sun hat

1) Brim Size

In order to ensure adequate sun protection from UV rays, choose hats that have a minimum brim (the projecting edge of a hat) of 3 inches all round. A 3 inch brim can block the direct UV rays to the sides of the face and ears. To achieve absolute maximum sun protection we recommend choosing a sun hat that has a minimum brim size of 4 inch brim. The intensity of the sun changes depending on the time of the day. At noon or in the middle of the day, the sun is directly overhead, and a 3 inch brim may provide maximum sun protection for your head. When the sun is either ascending or descending the sun's UV rays can sneak under your hat and reach your face or neck. At these times of the day it is important to wear a hat with a minimum brim size of 4 inches. For maximum sun protection, view our Wide Brimmed Sun Hats. All of our hats in this category have a 4 inch brim or greater.

2) Material

Sun hats using UPF 50+ material will bock 98% of the damaging UVA and UVB components of sun rays. U.V. protection consists of any material or substance that absorbs U.V. radiation. If not labeled the hat should not allow sun light to shine through when held up against a light. Physician Endorsed Hats takes great pride in their sun hat material and the hats are even endorsed by Dermatologists. Its also important to consider the sun hat material when choosing a the correct hat for the use and climate. We have done our best to provide a large selection of hats made of different materials. Do you want a stiff or floppy hat? Do you want to machine walsh your hat? For hot climates we recommend a Tilley hat. Our Tilley hats include lightweight Nylamtium, breathable nylon, Hemp, and airflo designs perfect for hot climates. Our Watership Companie hats are ideal for any water environment and even float! There are lots of material types excellent to use for sun protection:

  • natural - straw, raffia, cotton, hemp
  • synthetic - nylon, polyester fabric

3) Brim Shape

UV radiation is reflected or scattered by different surfaces, such as snow can reflect as much as 80% of UV radiation, dry beach sand about 15% and sea foam about 25%. The reflected UV rays can bounce underneath the brim of a hat and will often strike the chin, cheek and nose. Brims that curve down and sit closer to the face will provide better protection. The shape of the brim is also important to consider when choosing a hat for the right activity. Are you going to be playing sports such as tennis, golf, and fishing? Are you going to be wearing the hat while driving?

4) Color

For maximum sun protection, Sun hats that have white tops will reflect the heat from the sun while darker colors underneath will absorb rather than bounce down the UV rays back to your face and eye. Also, a hat with a dark color under brim is cooler than light colors. Of course lighter colors are harder to keep clean, so a good choice would be khaki or beige, or an "off white color". Your environment is also important to consider. Are you going to be in an environment that will produce high glare conditions, such as water or snow? A darker under brim would be ideal for these conditions. Or do you need a good hat for the City? Its also good to select an appropriate color for the occasion, such as a wedding or a day to the race track.

Aside from the four main factors, its also a good idea to consider the activities and climate you need a sun hat for. Are you going to be traveling? Do you need a sun protection hat that is crushable and packable? Do you need a hat that can be washed in the sink of a hotel or hostel? All of the Tilley hats come with a secret Velcro pocket in the crown of the hat perfect for a passport or important belongings. If you are in need of a travel sun hat, view our selection of Travel Sun Hats. Are you going to be on a boat or yacht? Do you need a hat for the beach or swimming pool? The waterhship companie hats are ideal for any marine environment. the Watership hats float, and are even waterproof!

We make it easy to shop by Gender

For men in need of sun protection, we have a large variety of Mens Sun hats unique to the needs of men. Do you need a good hat for Fishing, camping, or hiking? We highly recommend a Tilley hat for any of these activities. Tilley hats are some of the most technically advanced sun hats when it comes to hat construction. Tilley Endurables offers hat designs such as the Airflo, Breathable Nylon, and Specialty hats that are waterproof and shield against insects! The Watership Companie Vineyard Haven hat and Santa Cruz hat Styles are both wide brim sun hats and offer maximum sun protection ideal for the beach or swimming pool.

Our Womens Sun Hats are designed with Women in mind. There's no reason why you cant have a Sun Protection Hat with style! our Women's sun hats combine Sun Protection and Style into one! If you are looking for a fancy hat to wear to a special occasion check out our Womens sun hat category. Physician Endorsed has really made a name for themselves when it comes to stylish sun hats! Tilley hats for women are not not far behind! Over the last few years Tilley has designed some pretty remarkable hats for women made of Hemp, Raffia, and lightweight breathable nylon material.

Daily Winter Sun Protection

Sun protection is just as important during the winter as it is during the warmer months. It might feel cold outside, but that doesn't have anything to do with the strength of the sun's ultraviolet, or UV, rays. Although people tend to associate heat with sunburn, that's a myth. No matter what the temperature is outside, you can get sunburn. Make sure you educate yourself on a few preventive measures you can take.

Always wear a winter sun hat!. You should wear sunblock of at least SPF 15 or higher even in the winter. You'll need to reapply the sunblock periodically because the winter weather will dry it out and strip it from your skin.

Don't forget your lips. Too much sun exposure can lead to dry, cracked lips and, over time, can cause skin cancer. Like sunblock for the rest of your skin, your lip balm should be SPF 15 or higher. You'll need to reapply lip balm often during the day.

Avoiding sunburn means avoiding the sun, and that means covering up. Wear a winter sun hat with a wide brim that shades your entire head, including your ears and neck. Also, don't forget to wear shades that include UV protection and cover your sensitive eye area. And whether it's winter or summer, pay attention to the UV index scale. If UV levels are high, very high or extreme, it helps to minimize the amount of time you spend in sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The best way to tell if your sun exposure is too high is to look at your shadow -- if it's shorter than you, as it usually is during the midday, seek out shade.