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Outdoor First Aid

Wrinkled Hats Ward Off UV Rays

New trail-tested advice for shading your face from the sun.

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You know the importance of shading your face and ears from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, since sunburn heightens your risk of skin cancer. But did you know that a hat with a wrinkled, uneven brim wards off UV light more effectively than does a hat with a rigid, straight brim? The wrinkles provide more reflective surface than a straight brim does.