Most of the time we think of hats as an accessory. However, do you realize the important job the right hat has on those sunny days on the water? Thats right, a hat is more than just an accessory it’s an important feature of protecting your from the sun’s harmful rays.
If you are a frequent reader of our blogs, you will realize that we talk about sun safety quite a bit. Here in Florida, the sun’s rays are much more intense than what you are probably used to up in Michigan. In as little as 15 minutes you can get a sunburn here in Florida. We are going to go over a few tips and suggestions for choosing the right hat the next time you plan to be outside here in Florida, or the next time you paddle board with us!
1. You should consider a wide-brimmed (3-inch or greater) hat that covers places where it is difficult to apply sunscreen. For example the scalp, the tops of the ears and the back of the neck.
2. Because a hat has a brim, your face will have more protection than with just sunscreen.
3. Even though you will probably have sunglasses on, a hat will help shade your eyes, providing your delicate eyes even better protection
Ideally you should look for a had with a brim all the way around that will have the ability to shade your face, ears and the back of your neck. Canvas seems to be the best material and even the color can make a difference. It seems that darker colors may provide better protection. If you choose a material other than canvas, choose one that is tight knit to block as much light as possible. If possible look for options other than straw. Straw hats have a tendency to allow too much light through that can lead to sunburn on the face, scalp, ears and neck. This actually should be considered when wearing clothing. You should still put sunscreen on a loose tshirt if you are going to be on the water. A tshirt generally has about an SPF 15 protection.
We want you to enjoy your time on the water, and afterward reflecting back on the fantastic memories. Sunburn after a day on the water can unfortunately be very painful and lead to long term problems. Stay safe and enjoy your time here in Florida!
We look forward to seeing you out on the water again with us soon!