Looking for the perfect summer accessory? Use your head by showing off one of the hottest and healthiest warm-weather trends: the sun hat! May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, so it’s the perfect time to start shopping!
Besides shading your face to Fight Fine Lines, a sun hat will also protect your eyes and the delicate skin on your ears, neck and scalp. Look for a brim that’s at least 2 inches wide all the way around to make sure you have enough shade. Also make sure that the material is made of tightly bound fabric to prevent too many rays from passing through. The best hats come with built in ultraviolet protection factor(UPF) right in the cloth!
If you’re thinking “I don’t look good in hats” or “it’s annoying to have something on my head”, think about this… scars on your face from having suspicious spots removed, or from having to go for chemotherapy every week, is an awful lot worse than wearing a sun hat on the beach. Melanoma is the most common cause of cancer death in women age 25-29, but it’s also one of the most treatable if it’s detected early (see Charlie Guild’s Melanoma facts).
For a little surfer-girl glam, Roxy’s Sandbox hat ($28, roxy.com) is the “shore” thing. It’s got a very wide brim for the ultimate in protection, and it’s stylish enough to wear just about anywhere.
For more of that summer starlet feel check out some of the ultra posh styles from Juicy Couture ($88, juicycouture.com). Juicy has tons of great sun stoppers to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find one that works with your wardrobe and your budget.
Feeling a little more Coney Island or Cape Cod? Go preppy-pretty with Betmar’s Knotted Cloche ($22.95, villagehatshop.com). It comes in 7 summery shades that are as pretty as they are protective. It also boasts a UPF of 50+ and support from the CCMAC (a very noteworthy skin cancer awareness foundation).
Whether you’re hitting the waves in Montauk, or just getting hit on in the Hamptons, a sun hat is the perfect way to protect your skin from those aging, wrinkling, and damaging rays! And while you’re at it, why not pick one up for Mom too? We can’t think of a greater Mother’s Day gift!
Karin Ruiz Social Media Coordinator MAS Media / Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery www.ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com
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