****UPDATE***** May 18, 2016
Today on the news it was reported that most Sunscreens that claim 30 SPF( sun protection factor) OR MORE do NOT offer the protection claimed. Making Hats an essential addition to your sun protection regiment. Be safe not sorry!
Summer Hats a Necessary Item or Not?
Summer Hats are a must have item for everyone! Finding a hat you like might be more of the issue. Why, you may ask? Well let me tell you that in recent years the number of people with skin cancer has jumped way up. It used to be that only the red-heads and fair skinned people had to worry about skin cancers, but that has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Doctors are the ones that noticed the increase in the numbers of reported cases.
It is a Fact, the number of people with skin cancers are rising!
So what do you do? If you are a gardener and like to spend time outdoors, you protect yourself the same way that you protect your hands and your feet. Having a comfortable hat on your head will certainly be the first step in protection. A hat with a large brim will shade your eyes and place your shoulders and ears out of the direct glare of the sunlight.
Fashion versus Utility
If you wear a hat in the garden, it might as well be a nice one! The important part is making sure that the hat does what it should do and that is shelter your sensitive areas on your head, ears and the back of your neck.
Now these hats are very nice and useful and cool in the summer, but what if you want some colour? There are hats that fit that bill too! Whether you are gardening, walking outdoors, or fishing, there is nothing that says you can’t add a splash of colour into your day. Just make sure that it is on your head and stays there as long as you are outdoors.
This one is shown in pink, but it comes in 14 different colours and you’d be amazed at how masculine it looks in an army fatique colouring. Made for men or women, because it’s not just the women who are getting skin cancers, it’s also the men. I don’t like baseball caps, because while they protect your eyes from the excessive glare of the sun, they do nothing for the sensitive skin on your ears, or the back of your neck. These are target areas for skin cancers to grow. It’s better to wear a hat like this:
Sun protection, sun protection!
You hear mom’s remind their children to put on their hats, put on sunscreen and if they are too young, mom makes sure she does it for them. So why not make sure that the man of the house is also protected when he goes out to play. Whether he is at the baseball game, golfing, or watching the kids at the park, make sure he is protected from those harmful rays of the sun too.