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What is the point of wearing a sun hat? Here are the top 20 reasons!

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Reasons to wear a UV hat

A sun hat can shield you from the harmful rays of the sun. Most dermatologists strongly recommend the use of sun hats and sun-protective clothing, on top of sunscreen. 

Aside from sun protection, there are many other uses that a sun hat can provide. We have gone ahead and given you the top reasons why you need to get a sun hat.

Check out all the reasons below for both men and women!

Table of Contents:

    1. Why Is UV protection important?
    2. Does wearing a hat makes you younger
    3. How do hats improve visibility?
    4. How to regulate body temperature?
    5. How to avoid getting a cold?
    6. How can you avoid windburn?
    7. How to add personality or style?
    8. Does sun exposure affect acne?
    9. How to avoid cold sores?
    10. What is the first step to protect yourself from the sun?
    11. How can you save money?
    12. Which is more convenient putting on a hat or styling your hair?
    13. How do you keep bangs out of your face?
    14. How can you protect your hair?
    15. How do you improve your look?
    16. How to wear sunglasses when you're not wearing them?
    17. What happens if you wear your hat further back on your head?
    18. How to add sex appeal?
    19. How do you boost confidence?
    20. Does wearing a hat make you bald?
  1. Conclusion

1. Necessary UV protection

Sun hats are a great way to add an extra layer of sun protection to your face. However, choosing a wide-brimmed hat will allow you to get the most out of your sun hat. A hat can give you additional coverage for your eyes, facial skin, and the skin on your neck and ears. As mentioned, most dermatologists will recommend sun-protective clothing for maximum UV protection.

2. Hats make you look six years younger or more

Do you dread having wrinkles on your face? Do you dream about having youthful skin for a really long time? If you do, you should make an effort to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Although this is not only a factor contributing to skin aging, it sure plays a significant role in aging. In fact, UV rays are the leading cause of pigmentation, sun spots, skin degradation, and many more. 

What happens when lines and other skin degradation show up on your skin? You will look older than your age! And that is not THE goal, right? 

So, do not skip on the hat. Also, there are so many styles of hats out there that can make you look stylish and younger. That said, you get sun protection and at the same time, you will look more youthful. How is that for a combo?

3. Hats improve your visibility

    Hats Improve Your Visibility

    The sun’s rays are already harmful to the skin, but they can also hurt our eyes. How many times have you squinted when out under the sun? Did you know that squinting too much can also trigger wrinkle formation? 

    Wearing a sun hat will keep the glare out of your eyes, which can then prevent squinting and eye strain. As mentioned, a wide-brimmed hat will do the trick to keep those pretty eyes protected all day long.

    4. Hats are crucial to regulating your body temperature 

    Whatever the season is, you need to make sure that your body is at its ideal temperature to keep you comfortable throughout the day. During the summer, it is crucial to keep your body cool at all times, while the winter season calls for you to stay warm. 

    Aside from wearing breezy clothing for the summer and layers during the winter, a hat can help regulate your body temperature. How? Hats can protect your head from the sun's rays, which can help keep your body cool. On the other hand, a hat can keep the winter chill at bay. 

    Hats are ideal for keeping your body temperature at a normal level because you do not gain or lose too much heat through the head, which makes it the perfect spot to work on to regulate your body temperature.

    5. Protect yourself from getting a cold

    The sniffles—we do not want them because they can be such a drag and they feel awful. Getting a sun hat with flaps can keep cold air from your ears and neck. Even though it’s typically warm in the summer, if you have a sunburn you are more prone to getting a cold as well, so keep yourself protected from the sun, and keep cool breezes off your neck.  

    Moreover, keep in mind that leaving your head cold can trigger blood vessel constriction in other parts of your body, leading to cold hands and feet even if you are wearing gloves and warm socks. This is especially important to remember in the winter when temperatures are low! Even if the body is all wrapped up, if you do not have your head covered, you will lose potentially  50% of your body heat in specific cold-weather conditions. 

    6. Avoid windburn

    Windburn is a condition wherein the skin turns red and painful after exposure to wind or cold air. Symptoms are similar to a sunburn, such as red and burning sore skin. Just an FYI: the Skin Cancer Foundation says that up to 89% of the sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds - so you can even get a sunburn when it is overcast!

    If you are already sunburnt, you become more susceptible to windburn because your skin is damaged. Making sure you are wearing the proper outfit can help protect yourself from windburn. It is also essential to protect your face by wearing sun hats, sunglasses, and scarves. Of course, you need to slather sunscreen on your face as well.

    7. Make yourself more stylish

      stylish man wearing a hat

      Aside from protection, hats may enhance your style. There are many types of hats that you can get today that are appropriate for any weather condition. So, if you are looking for a way to spice up an outfit, a hat may just do the trick. The best thing about it? You get more protection on your face, too!

      8. Sun actually makes acne worse

      Many believe that sunlight can treat acne because it dries the skin and makes it less oily. In fact, some people notice their acne drying up after spending time after the sun. However, is it really curing it? 

      The sun’s UV rays have a dryness effect on the skin that is different from the acne-drying products available today. Your skin exposed to UV rays will have the body compensate for the lack of oil by increasing its oil production. The result? Your skin has higher oil content than before and the chances of you breaking out with acne are high. 

      So, while sunlight makes your acne look better for a while, the damage caused by UV rays, will typically just make the acne so much worse. Moreover, it can also damage your skin cells and increase the risk of skin cancer.

      9. Keep cold sores away

      Cold sores can be uncomfortable and painful. During the summer, the sun is a strong trigger for cold sores. An excellent way to protect your lips is by applying a lip moisturizer that has SPF protection. Wearing a hat, especially when the sun is the trigger of your cold sores, is a must.

      10. The first step to protecting your face

        girl wearing a wide brim sun hat to protect her face

        You know you want your face to look at its best. That is why you need to make an effort to protect your face. The best approach? The three-pronged approach—sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats!

        Protecting your face from the harmful rays of the sun is not that difficult. It will only take you a few minutes to choose your hat for the day and you will look stylish as well. It is a win-win!

        11. Hats can save you money

        Sunburns, acne, and colds will have you purchasing medications to soothe and treat any of these conditions. Do you really want to spend money on drugs when there are simple ways to protect your skin from sun damage? 

        Be proactive in taking care of your skin and you do not have to worry about paying for creams and medicines that can be costly.

        Top uses of a sun hat for women or men with long hair

        Do you have long hair? Styling can be a drag, especially when you are in a rush in the morning. Fortunately, there are sun hats that can make you look stylish, and at the same time, you get to protect your face from the harmful rays of the sun. Here are some of the other benefits of a sun hat if you have long hair:

        12. Putting on a hat is way easier than styling your hair

        Save time especially when you are on the go. You do not wake up every day with beautiful hair, and sometimes, you just have a bad hair day—it happens! However, you do not have to endure it and be extra self-conscious throughout the day, save yourself from that inconvenience and discomfort and wear a sun hat instead. 

        Even if you are not suffering from a bad hair day, a sun hat can save you a lot of time, especially when you are not in the mood to style your hair.

        13. Are your bangs giving you troubles? 

        Your bangs make you look cute, but sometimes, they just get in the way. Moreover, if the bangs are in an “awkward growing phase,” it can be bothersome. 

        Keep the hair off your face with a sun hat. This way, you will look stylish while you do what you need to do.

        14. Hats help protect your hair

        Prolonged hair exposure to the sun can damage the cuticle of your hair. The hair cuticle is the outside cover of the hair strand. The sun’s rays act like bleach on hair. The bleach reacts with the hair melanin and removes the color in an irreversible chemical reaction. 

        You may notice sun damage to your hair when it starts to show discoloration, dryness, brittleness, or broken or split ends. Sun-damaged hair may also be difficult to style. 

        Wearing a hat is one of the best ways to protect your hair from the sun. Keep in mind that there is no cosmetic product that will act as sunscreen for your hair. So, make sure to invest in good sun hats to protect your long locks.

        15. A hat completes your look

        Wearing a Hat Completes the Overall Look

          If you feel like something is missing from your outfit, then consider wearing a hat. You will be surprised how it can complete your overall look. 

          You will also notice that sun hats look good in people with long hair. If you are not in the mood to dress up and want to spice up your outfit, a sun hat may do the trick.

          16. Your sunglasses on the brim adds flavor to your character

          Sunglasses and a sun hat? Cute! If you are not using the sunglasses, put them on the brim, and it will look more stylish.

          17. Wear it further back on your head

          The boho look is in, and if you want to achieve a boho look with your long hair, wear the sun hat further back on your head. It will create a halo effect. You will also like how a wide-brimmed sun hat frames your face.

          Top uses for a sun hat specifically for men

          Some men may be hesitant to wear a sun hat, but these uses will change your mind: 

          18. One of the top 5 accessories that make men more attractive

          Aside from a watch, did you know that a hat is one of the top 5 accessories that can make you look more attractive? If you are thinking of getting the ladies' attention or charming your beau, consider wearing a hat. 

          A hat is a statement piece and when wearing one, be a gentleman and know which places you should take your hat off.

          19. Look confident 

          Who says getting older is not sexy? To all the men out there, age is an asset! This is of course if you are living a healthy and active life. A confident man is very sexy! Feeling great brings a lot of confidence. A hat will not only keep your skin looking healthy, but it will also make you look more confident because not everyone thinks they can pull off a hat (even though there is a hat out there for everyone!).

          20. Wearing a hat does not make you bald

          Men and their hair problems—you have probably heard the popular myth that wearing a hat can make you bald. However, that is not true; hence, it is only a myth. 

          The common myth is that hats can strain hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. The truth is, hats are not causing you any harm, In fact, it is even protecting your hair from the harmful rays of the sun, and at the same time, they add style to your character. 

          A hat can only cause damage to your hair when it is dirty because it may lead to scalp infection which can accelerate hair loss. So, what you need to do is ensure that your hat is always clean.


          Whatever reason you choose for getting a sun hat, it is sure to make a great investment. Above all, the protection that you get from the sun for your hair and skin are the top two most important benefits of wearing a sun hat. 

          Looking for sun hats? Stay protected with our GearTOP Fishing Hat with UPF 50+. It features a wide brim that will protect your head and face. Need more protection? We also have a fishing hat to give you full facial protection—this one comes with removable neck flaps and a mesh face cover for 360-degree face protection.

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