A great sun protective hat will provide protection for your face, nose, head, neck and ears. We know that the skin is thinner in those areas so it is particularly important to protect yourself with a sun hat.
There are a number of factors you need to consider when choosing a sun protective sun hat.
You are familiar with SPF which is the sun protective rating for sunscreen. UPF is the rating for clothing. Not all fabrics protect the same so it is important to choose a specialist sun protective hat which utilises fabrics with an excellent UPF50+ rating. UPF (which stands for ultraviolet protection factor) is a standardised rating system administered by the Australian Government.
The length of the brim is a big determinant of how protected you are from the sun. The Australian Government recommends a brim length of at least 7.5cm (for a broad brim sun hat for adults) and 6cm (for a bucket hat).
Some sun hats protect better than others because of their functional design. The Australian Government recommends broad brim sun hats, bucket hats and legionnaire style hats as they all provide excellent sun protection. Base-ball caps are not recommended as they only provide protection to the scalp and forehead.
We are all on the move more and more so a hat that can be packed away easily in a travel bag which doesn’t lose its shape would be ideal.
A hat which is which is light is much more comfortable to wear. Also, if you are travelling around a lot it makes sense to have a hat that is lightweight so that you can carry it with ease.
If you are wearing your hat on a windy day or would like to let your friend with a different size headwear your hat it helps if you can adjust the size accordingly.
A chin strap helps you keep your hat on in windy conditions. Look for a sun hat with a chin strap that is removable so you can utilise it only when you need to.
Solbari Sun Protection offers a range of award-winning UPF50+ sun hats which include features highlighted above. Solbari is the leading Australian sun protective clothing brand with customers in over 60 countries.
You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
Regular summer clothes may have an Ultra Protection Factor rating (UPF) as low as 5.
A UPF of 5 provides little sun protection and lets large amounts of sunlight and UV rays pass through. This can lead to skin damage, premature skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun protective clothing as the best way to protect your skin against the sun's damaging rays. Solbari UPF50+ Clothing, sun hats and accessories provide the highest sun protection rating for fabrics and block out 98% of harmful UV rays.