I’ve taken sun protection very seriously since around the time my first son was born — I’m not sure if pregnancy made my skin more vulnerable or what, but what seemed at the time like adorable “I’m pregnant!” freckles have turned into darker spots that are distinctly less adorable. In short: Wear a hat and sunscreen! (I’ve seen readers debate the need for sunscreen if you work inside all day, in which case you may want to just grab a hat if you find sunscreen annoying — but as I’ve been having fun getting more into skincare this year it’s worth noting that some of the chemicals, face masks, etc., that are popular now leave your skin extremely vulnerable to the sun. One of my OTC night products warned that it had “reservoir effects” and therefore you should wear sunscreen for a full week after you discontinue use. Wow.)
Readers have recommended this big, packable, UPF-50 hat as good for travel, and I think it looks great whether you’re just going for brunch with girlfriends or heading to the beach to settle in with your new novel. They’re $30–$50, both on the Wallaroo website as well as on Amazon; note that they also make one for smaller heads.
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