If there’s one thing dermatologists will never stop preaching, it’s what is the harmfulness of prolonged exposure to the sun maybe. But that doesn’t mean they’re inside hiding in the dark all day, they just know how to protect themselves. They slather on sunscreen, make sure to reapply it, and seek shade, especially when the sun is high in the sky. And to go further in skin protection, Iris Rubin, MDA certified dermatologist from Bethesda, Maryland, brings some shade with her every time she hits the beach.
“I really like Coolibar Travel Beach Hat ($49),” says Dr. Rubin. “It has a wide brim to cover the face and neck and an adjustable, detachable drawstring so it won’t blow away in windy weather.
The Coolibar Travel Beach Hat is available in three colors, sand, navy blue and sage. It has a 5 inch shapeable brim that wraps all the way around to provide ample shade for the face, ears and neck. Plus, it’s collapsible, making it easy to take on every trip to the beach. “You can put it in your suitcase without worrying about it getting crushed,” says Dr. Rubin.
The best part? It has UPF 50+ protection, which means it blocks 98% of the sun’s rays.
“UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor, which is the rating assigned to the garment to indicate how effectively the fabric blocks UV rays,” explains Ellen Marmur, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “You should always wear some sort of SPF, and UPF (clothes) has a numerical rating that indicates how protective the fabric is against UV rays. These types of clothes are great for running outdoors or even walking your dog for that extra layer of protection.”
In addition to providing shade for your face, it protects your scalp.
“Protecting the scalp from the sun is so important, especially if your hairstyle involves a distinct part when you’re outdoors,” says Dr. Rubin. “While you can use sunscreen on that thin line of sun-exposed skin, my favorite way to protect the scalp from UV rays is to physically do so by wearing a hat.”
Whether you go to the beach, spend a lot of time in the garden or take long walks, the Coolibar travel beach hat is the ideal companion to work with your sunscreen and protect you from harsh rays.
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