Who Said Sun Hats Aren’t Sexy?

We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.

When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!

Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.


Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.


Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.


Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.


The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.


The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.


The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.


You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.


The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.

Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.

Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.

You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.

You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!

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How to hydrate your skin

Love your skin
Alcohol, late nights and eating nothing but finger food for weeks on end can really play havoc with your skin. The number one rule for this summer is hydration ? inside and out.??

Aquaveta is a new bottled water developed with us busy chicks in mind. If you struggle with the requisite daily intake of 2 litres, try this fab fruit flavoured water. Aquaveta comes in three delish flavours Orange, Lemon and Lime each containing 1% juice, and with its own blend of essential vitamins and minerals to suit your needs. $2.85 from convenience stores nationally. ??

Mega-B Super-Boost Hydrator from Dr.LeWinn is a smooth, oil-free liquid gel (contains 30% Hyaluronic Acid) is an amazing humectant, drawing moisture from the atmosphere into the skin, also binds collagen and elastin fibres which is essential for preventing connective tissue breakdown. Used alone, it works as a moisture base for oily skins, and its at its best when used in with either Mega-C Serum or Cream, delivering unparalleled rehydration for the skin. RRP $75.00 / 30ml Dr. LeWinn?s Private Formula products are available from pharmacies and department stores nationally or call 1800 033 122.??

Have you got protection??

Protecting your skin again harmful UV rays and free radicals is not only a beauty-must, it could save your life! Living in ?a sunburnt country? our skins are exposed to lots of sun most of the year, giving us one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Not pretty. Be sensible with your sun exposure this summer. Avoid direct sun from 12 ? 3pm. Wear a hat, there are plenty of super funky options out there for head wear this season. And don?t forget your sunscreen. New generation formulas mean greasy, ghost faces are a thing of the past. And don?t forget your hair, use a leave in treatment with SPF too to protect your tresses from sun stress this summer.??

Our pick:?

Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30 with 7% transparent zinc oxide provides ultimate sun protection from damaging UVA rays. This product is perfect for our harsh Australian sun and was also formulated with photo-sensitive people in mind. $61.80 for 90mls of piece of mind and a care-free summer. Available from salons, clinics & spas nationally. Stockists 1 800 242 011 or visit www.superiorskincare.com.au?