Mid-Winter Vacations and Your Hat

Hartford York Hats - Spring and Summer Straw Hats - Men's Brent Black Handwoven Straw Fedora Panama Hat - The Montecristi AficionadoFrom Daniel Billett, the Men’s Fashion and Grooming Guide at About.com, comes a timely reminder: Don’t Forget to Protect Your Skin During a Mid-Winter Vacation. In his post, he says that he

recently went to Hawaii for a mid-winter reprieve. Of course lots of other folks have the same idea. And with the weird and extreme weather everybody seems to be experiencing, places like Hawaii are even more appealing. The thing that continues to surprise me though is how many people allow themselves to get serious sunburns. I couldn’t believe how many bright red bodies I saw on the beach and running around the hotel.

Everybody should know by now how damaging the sun is to the skin. I do realize people want to go home from vacation, well, looking like they have been on vacation. Wearing sunscreen doesn’t mean you won’t get a tan. However, it will protect your skin, especially when your body hasn’t been exposed to the sun’s rays in many months. So when you go on your sunny vacation, no matter what time of year, please take a sunscreen.

He’s right, you know – but even a tan is evidence of your “body’s desperate attempt to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays.”

With that in mind, here’s a little good advice from FamilyDoctor.org:

The key is to avoid being in the sun or using sunlamps. If you’re going to be in the sun for any length of time, wear clothes made from tight-woven cloth so the sun’s rays can’t get through to your skin, and stay in the shade when you can. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, neck and ears.

Remember that clouds and water won’t protect you–60% to 80% of the sun’s rays can get through clouds and can reach swimmers at least one foot below the surface of the water. The sun’s rays can also reflect off of water, snow and white sand.

I’ve got my hat on. Practice makes perfect you know, and I believe I’m approaching nirvana.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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