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The more awareness grows about the harmful effects of UV rays, the more sun hats are becoming less just about looks. Most sun hats now disclose their level of UV protection; a truly protective sun hat should be rated UV 50+ or more, which means it blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays.

As you evaluate sun hats, check the UV rating and make sure the brim width is at least 7.5cm, preferably closer to 12.5cm.