The importance of sun safety
For years, we’ve known the sun can damage your skin. And while our favorite star keeps us warm and provides beneficial Vitamin D, it’s important to limit its ultraviolet (UV) rays as much as possible. Of course, sunscreen is a daily essential. But there are additional ways you can reduce your UV exposure. You might seek shade or stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day. Sun-protective clothing, like a good hat, offers extra protection.
For many, donning a hat is an easy way to prevent harmful UV rays from reaching areas of the skin. That’s why Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California, and author of Heal Your Skin, includes a sun hat stand in her office’s reception area.
She tells her clients that any hat is better than no hat at all, and when you are considering your sun-protective strategy, hats are a priority.
(Related: A Sweaty Gal’s Guide to Sunscreen)