Summer can be brutal on your skin, even when you do facial exercises every day. Too much UV exposure wreaks havoc in the form of sunburns, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. This is why wearing my Protective Sunblock SPF 30 is absolutely mandatory, all year long. It should be applied 20 minutes before going outside and re-applied throughout the day.
You don’t have to stop at sunscreen. You can take protection to the next level by wearing a hat to block out the sun. It adds another level of protection to your face, neck, ears and scalp. This is especially important since these vulnerable areas are where we are most prone to develop skin cancer.
Wearing a hat will shield these delicate areas and help prevent sun damage. Sunscreen is still necessary because dangerous UV rays can bounce off the ground and hit your face, but a hat will help fend these off as well.
Here are three things to look for when buying a sun hat.
1. Go Full Brim
You’ll need a brim with a circumference of at least three inches. This is the only way you’ll really be able to shield the at-risk skin on your face and neck. Unfortunately, a baseball cap or visor won’t cut it because it won’t cover your neck and ears. A full brimmed hat may feel strange at first, but it won’t take long to get used to it. You’ll be a hat lady in no time.
2. Choose Protective Material
If possible, opt for a hat made from SPF or UV-tested material. Don’t opt for mesh or the kind of straw that has holes in it. Choose the most impenetrable material you can find so that it blocks out all UV rays.
3. Be Secure
We’re not talking about confidence here—we just mean to find a hat that stay secure on your head. Find one that fits your head well so that you’re not constantly adjusting it and it doesn’t fly off your head in the middle of an activity. If you do plan on being active or exercising outdoors, you may want to consider a hat with a chin strap.
When you find a hat you like, buy a few of them so you can keep one in the car and always have one on hand. Visit this link to learn more about the anti-aging benefits of facial exercises.