The head, face, neck and lips are common places for skin cancer on men in Australia. I guess it makes sense given that the sun is directly above us when the UV is highest, beating down and damaging our skin without us realising.  But there is a pretty simple solution to this problem; wear a hat.

The important thing to know is that not all hats are created equal. Caps may protect your scalp, but they are useless at protecting your ears, neck and most of your face.  They might be fine for those American baseball players, but they are not built for our tough Australian environment.  That is why the old swagman would wear a broad-brimmed hat.  In fact, I am beginning to think that wearing a cap is just un-Australian!!

A broad brimmed hat offers great protection to you head, neck and ears, and your face. Bucket hats are also great, provided the brim is long enough.  And for those of you wearing a hat hard, too easy, just add the detachable brim to get the protection you need.

So grab your hat out of your car, and if you don’t have one there, make it top of your shopping list. And with the right hat on your head, you don’t need to worry about reapplying sunscreen to your face, neck and ears every two hours.  Your hat is giving you all the protection that you need.