Today’s post is all about sun protection, beginning with the Scala Lahaina Sun Hat. I had looked at it online before a trip to Florida this past spring. I didn’t get around to ordering it, so I was thrilled to receive it for review. The hat is adjustable (internal drawstring); has aUPF of 50; and washable and breathable. It’s made of cotton and has a a brim wide enough to offer shade, but not so wide that it’s floppy. The brim can be shaped or folded to your preference (and squashed it into your beach bag, then reshaped). I like wearing it bucket-style, with the brim down. The hat comes in 19 colors at the Village Hat Shop site (linked above) and at $29.95, it’s affordable. Of course as a New Yorker, it has to be black for me, though I am thinking of getting a white one to deflect the sun more on days that I am going to be outside for a long time. To sum it up, this hat is all upside. (Aside: I really should have gotten it for that trip. Instead, I (impulse) purchased a straw hat that got destroyed by
chlorinated water one toddler demanding that I catch him while he “cannon-balled” into a pool about eleventy-million times. Oh well, you live and you learn.)
Here is a picture from the Village Hat Shop’s sit–I thought it was easier to see the brim in another color:
My Lahaina hat is pictured with my favorite secret weapon for sun protection–Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. This cult beauty favorite is an antioxidant powerhouse that makes sunscreen more effective. And then there is another staple–my beloved Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen. Easily the shortest, clearest ingredient list and works a dream. Reviewed here. And then there is a newbie: Supergoop’s Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil. Because sometimes on beach vacations, I am too lazy to apply lotion again or just can’t bear the feeling of it on my skin any longer. So this oil does the trick and I make sure to take it off as soon as my time in the sun is done.