I never used to be a hat person. And I also used to love getting sun on my face when I went to the beach! Do you pack a sunhat when you are going on vacation or planning on spending the day out in the sun? Today I am going to share 5 reasons to wear a sunhat to the beach!
I mentioned that I never used to be a hat person. I never liked the way I looked in them. But I must admit the options have really grown over the past several years! Styles and choices make them much more appealing! I also had an infiltrating Basel Cell Carcinoma on my forehead removed last year which kicked my sun safety into high gear! I did a blog post; The 10 Most Missed Sunscreen Spots that you might want to check out! Click here to read it.
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Protect Your Face From the Sun’s Harmful UV Rays
I mentioned earlier in the post that I had a Basel Cell Carcinoma removed from my forehead. I highly recommend wearing a sunhat along with sunscreen on your face whenever going out in the sun. Start young! Don’t wait like I did.
Wearing a wide-brim sunhat will keep the sun off your face and ears. We often forget about our ears. But this is a very sensitive area of skin that can get sunburned easily. When you keep your face from getting sun you decrease the amount of sun damage it receives. This in turn will help the number of wrinkles you get down the line! When you start getting into your 40’s the race begins to stop the signs of aging that have begun. But why not start by protecting your skin now?!
Keep Your Hair Color From Fading or Lightening
We spend a lot of money at the hair salon, at least I know I do! Most of the time we do not want our hair either fading or lightened from the sun. First thing you want to do is prep your hair for a day out in the sun! I did a blog post a few weeks back; How to Protect Your Hair & Scalp This Summer that is worth checking out! You can click here to read it.
After you have prepped your hair it’s important to cover it up to protect the color from fading or lightening up. I know a lot of people like to put their hair back in a ponytail, braids, or bun but just be careful with what you use. Some hair ties can cause breakage. Also, try not to tie them too tight or they can cause breakage also. I like to recommend using the following hair ties to cut down on hair breakage. Satin scrunchies, scrunchies, or hair coils. Try your best to stay away from hair ties that have metal claps on them or the good ole plain elastics. They catch your hair and pull and break it.
Protect Your Scalp From Sunburn
Have you ever had a sunburn on your hair part? I have and it hurts! Not to mention the way it looks when it starts to peel! Yuck! Wearing a sunhat will help to eliminate this problem. You can also apply sunscreen to your scalp and hair part. I like to use a spray sunscreen and massage it into my scalp. Or you can use a lotion on your hair part, either works well it’s just a personal preference!
Shield Your Eyes From Glare
Did you know that the sun’s UV rays and the glare from it can cause cataracts and other eye diseases? You can also get skin cancer on your eyelids. Not to mention that squinting from the sun’s glare can give you wrinkles! So, to help avoid all these things wear a wide-brim sunhat along with sunglasses if possible!
My Favorite! They Are Cute!
Okay, this is my favorite reason! You can find super cute hats nowadays! There are so many different styles to choose from not to mention getting a monogrammed one! There are big floppy straw hats, fedora style, wide-brim straw hats, hats with ribbon ties, bucket hats, you name it!
Tips When Choosing a Sunhat!
- Make sure there aren’t a lot of “holes” in it where the sun is getting thru. You know, some straw ones that have a pretty wide weave and let a little too much of the sun’s UV rays through defeat the purpose of wearing it.
- Material matters! If you are going with a sunhat that is made of material make sure it is breathable. It gets hot out in the sun and if it’s not breathable you will end up taking it off because you are hot. Also, if it’s made of fabric check its SPF value. It should have SPF protection.
- It gets windy at the beach sometimes so try to keep that in mind when buying a sunhat. I have seen some that have a removable tie on them in case you are having one of those days at the beach. You don’t want to be sitting at the beach with your hand on your head the entire day! Lol. Trust me, that has been me before!
So, are you a hat person? Do you have a favorite style that you tend to go with when you spend the day out in the sun? If you do, please share below in the comments. If you have any tips on picking one out, please share that also!