It will come as no surprise that in summer the risk of sunburn and skin damage is at its highest. But it might not be for the reason you think…
Why your baseball cap just doesn’t cut it
There’s a lot of people out there who wear baseball caps when working outdoors, or generally out and about. And I can tell you now that if you’re one of them, you might be in for a shock.
You see, not all hats are created equal, and caps are right at the bottom of the list (well, except for visors, but that’s a whole other story). If you’re wearing a cap, what you’re really doing is giving yourself a false sense of security.
Sure, baseball caps protect the scalp (unless they have mesh panels) and parts of the face but get an ‘F’ when it comes to protecting the sides of your face, neck and ears. So it’s no surprise these are common spots for skin cancer to spring up.
Good on you for making the decision to wear a hat, but if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly. That means a broad-brimmed hat (excellent choice) or a bucket hat (no, not an actual bucket, but a surfie style hat – you know the one).
The other option is the legionnaire hat (a sort of hybrid cap with a flap at the back to protect your neck). It’s not just for primary school kids, I promise. You can even get a special attachment to add on to the back of your hard hat if that’s your thing!
Depending on the type of work you do, you might find one type of hat suits you better than another. But the only people who should be wearing baseball caps are professional baseball players. So if that’s not you, ditch that cap now!