What a chapoe says about your UV protection

Here’s what we know about hat styles and their ability to protect us from the sun.

  • Smaller heads received greater protection
  • Hats and caps provide more protection when worn closer to the equator – where the sun is higher in the sky
  • Broad-brimmed, bucket-type (think Gilligan on Gilligan?s Island), and legionnaire-style (baseball cap with a flap over the ears and neck) provide similar sun protection
  • The forehead, nose, and ears get the most protection
  • The chin and neck get little protection
  • Baseball caps are less effective than hats
  • Hats and caps provide less protection than sunscreen applied according to manufacturers? recommendations

Wear your hat to complement your sunscreen protection.

9/11/06 21:47 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.