Get Your Head In The Game | Choosing The Perfect Hat For Summer Sun Protection
Staying out of they rays of the sun can be quite the task. Whether you are playing sports, enjoying the beach, or even running quick errands, it is hard to make sure that you are properly protecting your skin.
“Many patients ask me the best way to ensure they don’t increase their risk for skin cancer,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board-certified Dermatologist and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon in Austin, Texas. Sunscreen is one of the obvious ways to protect your skin, but there are additional precautions and actions you can take to ensure your skin stays healthy. “A good hat will be your best friend on a sunny day,” Dr. Mamelak shares.
If you aren’t doing it solely to decrease your risk of skin cancer, there are added benefits to the coverage. These benefits include minimal squinting, which is a leading contributor to dynamic rhytides. Also, less sun on the face means less sun-damage and minimizing photo-aging.
Which Hats Are Best?
Although there could be debate about which hats will offer you the best coverage, remember that any coverage will help. It is shown that hats with an inch-long brim will barely cover to your nose, and 3 inch will offer decent cheek protection. “Hats with a 4 inch brim or longer offer the best cover and protection. They protect the top of your head, face and even the neck,” notes Dr. Mamelak.
The material that a hat is made of is also important. Some of the more sun-conscious clothing carry a UPF rating. “Ultraviolet Protection Factor ratings are similar to SPF, just for clothing. The hats, clothes and garments with a UPF are tested to ensure that they are effective in blocking the sun’s rays, while keeping you comfortable,” says Dr. Mamelak. These fabrics are specifically designed to block UVB rays from the skin.
Don’t wait for the Triple Crown or a visit from the Queen. Regardless of the event, hats can be worn to significantly benefit your skin.
Do you have questions about how to practice safe sun? Visit us at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. We will help you craft your perfect skin care routine!