These Sun Hats Reinforce Your SPF and Protect Your Ears and Neck, Too
When it comes to summer accessories, the most important item to own is a quality sun hat, which will help protect you from harmful UV rays. But remember, just because you're wearing a hat doesn't mean you can skip the sunscreen. "A sun hat should be viewed as a secondary measure of protection against UV rays," says Dr. Elizabeth Hale, board-certified dermatologist and a vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. "You should always also use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours while in the sun."
As for what to look for in a sun hat? "The wider the brim, the better the protection," explains Dr. Hale. "Look for ones that shade not only your scalp, but the sides of your face, ears, and back of your neck. These are all common areas for squamous cell carcinoma, and something like a baseball hat doesn't provide protection to these spots." Dr. Hale also notes that your hat should ideally be "made from a light-colored fabric to reflect sun rays and is rated UPF 50 or higher." A UPF rating stands for "Ultraviolet Protection Factor" and indicates how much UV radiation a fabric allows to penetrate; UPF 50 rating blocks 98 percent of the sun's rays. Ahead, our picks for the best sun hats that will keep you safe all summer long.
Wide Brimmed Adjustable
With over 14,000 reviews and a five-star rating on Amazon, this straw is under $25 and comes in 25 different colorways. The best part? It's adjustable, which is perfect if hats tend to run large on you.
Shop Now: Lanzom Wide Brim Straw Hat, $23.99, amazon.com.
Looking for a sun hat that can go from day to night? You've found it. Janessa Leoné's stylish offerings will protect you from the sun's strong rays and ensure you look great while doing it.
Shop Now: Janessa Leoné "Janine" Hat, $217, revolve.com.
This hat is the perfect mix of fashion and function. It's available in ivory or dusty pink, and the brim flips up to reveal a vibrant floral print.
Shop Now: Business & Pleasure Wide Brim Hat, $80, freepeople.com.