Hats are the best method of decreasing UV rays to the face, nose, head, ears, and neck where sun damage and skin cancer often occur.
Different styles of hats provide varying levels of sun protection.
- Tightly-woven hats with a 3" to 4" brim all the way around reduce direct UV exposure to the head, face and neck by as much as 50%. These hats offer the best sun protection.
- A flappy-jack or legionnaire cap provides good protection for the ears and neck but leaves areas of the face exposed to the sun.
- Baseball caps offer some protection for the face but do not protect the ears and neck.
- Visors offer limited protection to the face, and do not protect the top of the head, ears, or neck.
It is important to remember to put sunscreen on the parts of your head, neck and ears that are not covered-up.
Remember - any hat is better than no hat!