Broad rimmed hats which shade your neck, ears and face provide the most UVR (Ultra Violet Radiation) protection.
Recommended styles of hats
Broad rimmed hats - with a broad rim of 7.5 cm or more
Legionnaire style hat - providing the front peak and side flap meet, it offers protection to the side of the face.
Bucket hat - the brim should be a minimum of 6cm and it should sit low on the crown of the head
A baseball hat is not recommended, although it protects the nose and forehead, it leaves the cheeks, ears and back of the neck highly exposed to UV rays.
Choosing the right hat
The following are characteristics to look for when choosing a hat that will best protect you from UV rays:
Has closely woven material
Has a wide brim
Does not obscure your vision
Is easy to keep on
Covers the top of your head
Shades the face, back of the neck, ears, nose and forehead
Allows air flow through
Wear a wide brimmed hat, which covers the top of your head
and protects your face, ears and neck!
Always use a hat in combination with other sun protection measures such as: clothing, shade, sunglasses and sun cream.