A Nod to Sun Hats

19 06 2014

IMG_6312-2The classic sun hat never goes out of style. This floppy beach hat’s vintage appeal looks just as charming accompanying a modern outfit or swimsuit. The traditional brim design ranges from four to seven inches wide, however, hats now come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials. Its original wide-brimmed design shades a person’s face, ears and shoulders from the sun, and most importantly, from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV).

IMG_1945-2Sun visors or mesh ball caps cannot offer nearly the same protection. Cancer awareness reveals extremely lethal melanomas are found on the scalp and neck, with twice the death rate of melanomas found on the face, ears, and other skin locations. Melanoma on the scalp is one of the most common but least diagnosed cancers. A classic wide-brimmed hat not only is super cute but also is a super effective sun protector.

IMG_6322I love my foldable, wrinkle-proof sun hat and try to remember to pack it along for outings. Admittedly, I’m more of a bandana or handkerchief-tied-on-the-head kind of girl, but with recent cancer studies and a penchant for anything vintage, I’ll be wearing my wide-brimmed hat more often. Join me!

 

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