If you have yet to wear a sun protection hat, then you might be missing a few precious years of you life. Keep in mind that your ears, neck and nape are still susceptible to skin cancer if and when these are exposed to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.

You must stop thinking that a baseball cap, a fedora and a bandanna are sufficient sun protection because these are not, pure and simple. Again, many parts of the head and face are still exposed to the ultraviolet rays, not to mention that the fabric from these hats do not offer UV protection. Now, contrast that with a sun protection hat where the construction, fabrics and styles offer the best UV protection for your head and face.

What Makes for the Best UV Protection Hat?

Hats will not offer all-around protection for the head and face. You still have to slather on sunscreen, wear sunglasses and avoid the sun when it at its strongest but sun protective hats definitely provide for greater coverage and, thus, greater protection against ultraviolet rays.

Here a few things to remember about ultraviolet protection hats:

* Go for a wide-brimmed hat with a diameter around the sides of at least 3 inches. We recommend cowboy hats, bucket hats and Outback hats, to name a few possibilities.
* Choose darker or brighter-colored fabrics for the hats, if possible, as these are proven to provide greater protection than the light-colored fabrics.
* Opt for the opaque materials. We are talking about straw hats with tight weaves and fabric hats with closed-weave styles.

It is important to wear a sun protection hat that molds to your head. It makes no sense wearing one that will constantly be blown away by the wind, thus, exposing your face and head to the sun's ultraviolet rays in a manner that defeats the purpose of wearing one in the first place.

How Do You Choose the Fashion?

One of the best things about sun protective hats is that the fashion possibilities are almost endless. Just like other hats in the market, you can choose frilly, fun and fabulous hats that offer the best protection against ultraviolet rays. In short, you can have fashion and function!

So, how exactly do you choose a sun protective headgear that will answer your fashion needs? Well, there are no hard and fast rules since it is always your personal style that will rule your choices.

Still, the best rule is to actually try on the hat, stand in front of the mirror and then see if it suits the shape of your face, fits the size of your head and provides for maximum coverage without actually hiding the beauty of your facial features.

You may have to try on a few hats before finding the best one in terms of fashion, form and function. But the benefits of a suitable sun protection hat are well worth the time, effort and money invested in it. Just remember to also apply sunscreen on the ears, face and scalp especially if you have thinning hair for maximum protection.

Author's Bio: 

David has done years of research about UV (Ultraviolet) Rays and Sun Protection including skin cancer. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with special studies in waves.

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