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With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about the importance of sun protection. While slathering on sunscreen is crucial, it's not the only line of defense against the sun's harmful rays. Wearing a hat can provide added protection to your face, scalp, and neck. Here are 5 ways that hats can help protect you from the sun's harmful rays.1. Offers shade to your face and eyesHats provide shade for your face, keeping the sun away from your skin and eyes. The skin around the eyes is highly sensitive and is prone to developing wrinkles and dark spots due to sun exposure. When choosing a hat, look for one with a wide brim that will cover your face and eyes more effectively. This will provide more shade and reduce the amount of UV light that penetrates the skin on your face and around your eyes.2. Protects your scalp and neckYour scalp and neck are two of the most commonly overlooked areas when it comes to sun protection. Wearing a hat will protect these areas from being exposed to the sun's harmful rays. Opt for a hat with a brim that circles the entire hat, not just the front. This type of hat will provide complete coverage to your scalp and neck.3. Prevents sunburns and skin damageSunburns and skin damage come from exposure to UV radiation, which can cause visible damage to your skin, as well as contribute to skin cancer. Wearing a hat can help prevent these harmful effects by reducing the amount of UV radiation that reaches your skin. By wearing a hat, you can enjoy your time outdoors and still keep your skin healthy and safe.4. Lowers your risk of skin cancerExposure to the sun's UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends wearing a hat when you are outside to help protect against the sun's harmful rays, especially during the peak sun hours from 10 am to 4 pm. Wearing a hat can help lower the risk of developing skin cancer on your face, scalp, and neck.5. Helps to keep you coolWearing a hat can help keep you cool in the sun. The shade provided by the hat can keep you from overheating, especially if the hat is made of breathable material like straw or cotton. When you are cooler, you can stay outside for longer periods without feeling tired or overheated.As we move into summer, it's time to start thinking about sun protection. Wearing a hat is an easy and effective way to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. Hats offer shade to your face and eyes, protect your scalp and neck, prevent sunburns and skin damage, lower your risk of skin cancer, and help to keep you cool. So, when you're planning to spend time outdoors, don't forget to put on a hat – your skin will thank you!
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