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Sun Protection Ratings

There are two kinds of
skin-damaging ultraviolet rays. Long wave UVA rays and medium wave UVB rays.
Both are harmful and link to skin cancer and aging. UVB rays cause sunburns. UVA
rays penetrate windows and are responsible for tanning and premature aging.

UPF refers to the Ultraviolet
Protection Factor UPF which is a measurement of the amount of UVA
and UVB rays that a fabric blocks. 

SPF refers to the Sun
Protection Factor which is a measurement of the amount of UVB rays
a sunscreen lotion will block.  The lower
the number, the faster you’ll burn. Sunscreen should be reapplied regularly, at
least every two hours.

To best protect your
skin you need a clothing that has been tested and received a rating of UPF50+
Excellent Sun Protection.  This means
that your hat or garment blocks more than 98% of broad-spectrum UVA and UVB
radiation.  This is the highest rating achievable.  You should also use a high SPF sun lotion on
your face and other exposed areas. 

Safeguard against
wrinkles and skin cancer with a great hat. 
The best hat will have at least a three inch brim that shades the face,
scalp, neck, shoulders and ears. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas
account for approximately 90 percent of all skin cancers and usually appear
first on the head and neck. Avoid loosely woven hats or straw hats.  It is best to buy a hat that has been tested
and achieved a UPF rating. 

Puffin Gear® hats
combine beautiful lightweight natural fabrics with a UPF50+ rated breathable
nylon lining inside the crown and interior to the brim.  The result is a hat that has the highest UPF
rating available in the market and is lightweight enough that you won’t
overheat.

Safeguard against
wrinkles and skin cancer with a great hat. 
The best hat will have at least a three inch brim that shades the face,
scalp, neck, shoulders and ears. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas
account for approximately 90 percent of all skin cancers and usually appear
first on the head and neck. Avoid loosely woven hats or straw hats.  It is best to buy a hat that has been tested
and achieved a UPF rating. 

Puffin Gear® hats
combine beautiful lightweight natural fabrics with a UPF50+ rated breathable
nylon lining inside the crown and interior to the brim.  The result is a hat that has the highest UPF
rating available in the market and is lightweight enough that you won’t
overheat.