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"Sun protective hats are equally as important as sunscreen in protecting infants and children from the harmful effects of the sun" - Mary Chang, MD (NYU School of Medicine)
"In addition to sunscreen, covering your skin in sun protective clothing will help deflect the sun's damaging rays. It's like having a wall between you and the sun. Since more than 1/3 of all skin cancer appears on the face, wearing a hat also can significantly reduce your risk. The general rule is that each inch of brim lowers your risk by 10% over not wearing a hat. For example, if you wear the same style hat regularly, a 4-inch brim will lower your radiation exposure by 70% and your lifetime chance of getting skin cancer by about 40 percent." - Darrell Rigel (NYU School of Medicine, and former President of the American Academy of Dermatology)
"I try to go out in the morning or late afternoons, and when I do, I'm always careful to wear a sun protective hat, long sleeves, and long pants." -- Suzanne Connolly, MD (Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale)
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends these daily sun protection strategies for everyone, regardless of race or skin color: 1) minimize sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm; 2) wear sun protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat; and 3) use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater anytime you are outdoors, regardless of the season. - Skin Cancer Foundation
"A comprehensive sun protection program includes sun avoidance, wearing sun protective clothing, and sunscreen." - Lynn Drake, MD (Boston University School of Medicine, and former President of the American Academy of Dermatology)
The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force concluded that "avoiding sun exposure or using sun protective clothing is likely to decrease the risk of malignant melanoma and other forms of skin cancer." -- American Academy of Family Physicians, May 15, 2002
The American Academy of Family Physicians in 2000 recommended that in order to decrease one's risk of skin damage and skin cancer, individuals "wear a wide-brimmed sun protective hat and sunglasses. If you have to be out in the sun, cover up your skin. A wide-brimmed sun protective hat will help protect your face, neck and ears from the sun. A hat with a wide brim is best. Baseball caps don't protect the back of your neck and tops of your ears. Wear sun protective clothing."
"Sun protective clothing provides protection from the sun's harmful rays by an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) between 30 and 50, while regular summer clothing has a UPF rating only between 6 and 7. Sun protective clothing also provides better protection than sunscreen because typically, people don't apply enough sunscreen initially, and neglect to reapply it as often as they should." (Business Wire, March 27, 2002)
"Cover up. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and clothing that reflects the sun's rays. Experts recommend wearing lightweight and breathable sun protective clothing because it offers more than 98 percent protection (by comparison, cotton clothing provides about 50 percent protection)." (Michele St. George, Essence Magazine, "Protecting Yourself from Melanoma")
"Because the efficacy of sunscreen alone is lacking, physicians are urged to recommend sunscreen in combination with other skin protection methods - such as sun protective clothing - to help prevent skin damage." -- Dermatology Times,1999
In August 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines to promote behavior to reduce the risk of skin damage and cancer. The guidelines recommend reducing outdoor exposure between 11 am and 1 pm, seeking shade when outdoors, wearing sun protective clothing and hats, and using sunscreen.
Los Angeles' Sun Safety for Kids Program, a medical community effort designed to reduce the sun damage in school-age children that ultimately may lead to skin cancer and aging in later years, recommends that, "Ideally, a hat should shield as much of the face and neck as possible. Baseball hats, visors, and caps are less effective. The hat should be constructed of material that has a UPF or SPF of 30 or more. Among the best choices is a wide-brimmed hat of 3 to 4 inches all around."
"The sun is every bit as bad for your hair as it is for your skin. Hair gets dry, cracked, and brittle when it's in the sun too long. Before going outside, douse hair with sunscreen - or better yet, wear a sun protective hat." - Walter Unger, MD (Mt. Sinai Medical School, NY)
"You're not going to get cancer of the hair if you leave it exposed to the sun, but ultraviolet rays can damage color and dry out strands. A topically applied sunscreen could, in theory, protect hair from the sun for a limited time, but if you want to protect hair color from sun rays, your only sure defense is a hat." - David Bank, MD (Mount Kisco, NY)
"You can't just put on any old clothing and expect it to protect you. Fabrics can differ greatly in their ability to shield you from ultraviolet radiation." - Julian Menter, MD (Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta)
SunStuff in the NewsSelf Magazine - May 2003
"Style Bests - Our Favorite Finds"
"Best summer sun hat! Top-notch topper SunStuff lines its hats with a special material that blocks all UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the fabric. And did we mention they're reversible? Cute!"
Best Stuff, Best Beach & Pool Accessories and Necessities - June 2003
"SunStuff hats are hip and healthy! This is a reversible bucket hat with SPF50+ to help keep you safe in the sun. Hats come in solids, stripes and a variety of other shapes."
Lucky Magazine - June 2003
"Style Spy - Look No Further"
"We've unearthed the perfect sun hat. It's not often that science and fashion come together. SunStuff's headwear merges the two, with a specially designed UPF50+ fabric. It doesn't feel scratchy or stiff, and the sloping brim offers maximum facial coverage."
Redbook Magazine - June 2003
CBS 2 NY - June 21, 2003
"Hot Beach Accessories" with Lisa Daniels
Travel + Leisure Magazine - July, 2003
"Hit the Beach"
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine - July, 2003
"Using Your Head"
"Great colors and wonderful designs, all with an SPF of 50-plus. See the full line of these delightful hats, most of which are reversible..."
Lifetime TV - July 26, 2003
"Speaking of Women's Health"
CNN FN - July 13, 2003
"Back to the Beach - Beach Gear" with Heidi Sherman Mitchell of Travel & Leisure
PBS WNET, New York - July 12, 2003
"Children's Health" with Mary Wu Chang, MD
In Touch Magazine - September, 2003
Us Weekly Magazine - October, 2003
Allure Magazine - December, 2003
"Allure Access - Allure and Silver Spoon Host Hollywood Beauty Buffet"
Shape Magazine - May 2004 "Countdown to Summer Beauty"
Rocky Mountain News - May 18, 2004 "Spotlight: New Toys of Summer"
Redbook Magazine - June 2004 "Summer Style"
Burke Connection - October 2004 "Hats Win Top Prize"
"SunStuff Hats was one the three woman-owned companies nationwide selected as a grand prize winner from 16,000 applicants in the Oxygen Network's 2004 'Oh! Get the Money: Build Your Own Business with Oxygen' contest"
Burke Times - October 2004 "SunStuff Hats Win Cable Network Contest"
"SunSuff has found a way to mix haute couture headwear with NASA-inspired know-how. The result is a product line that has caught the attention of famous sunseekers and cable television."
Cosmopolitan Magazine - July 2005 "Editors' Picks: Beach-Bag Must-Haves"
"Don't hit the sand without these brilliant essentials. High-Tech Sun Hat. Don't be fooled by its "cute" factor ... this SunStuff striped hat will block out 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays -- seriously."
SHOP,etc. Magazine - July 2005 "Your Month of Shopping"
"Protect yourself in style this holiday weekend in a brand-new SUNSTUFF 100% sunproof "Cinch" hat."
Women's Health & Fitness Magazine - July 2005 "South of the Border: Don't Forget to Pack"
"A great hat. You've got to look trendy when you're at a posh resort. We love the floppy hats from SunStuff."
Balance Magazine - Summer 2005
"Functional and Trendy: SunStuff's cutting-edge UPF hats are designed to provide maximum coverage of the face, head and neck. They are made from fabrics developed for NASA to block UV radiation. The Lyssa style has a floppy, downward-sloping 4" brim in 100% UPF50+ cotton."
Beauty Launchpad Magazine - July 2005 "Hot Stuff: Cool Stuff You'll Want"
"SunStuff Sun Protective Accessories: UPF 50+ hats are a cutting-edge, high-performance solution to the increasing demand for serious, superior sun protection."
Daytona Beach News Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida) - July 2005, The Olympian (Olympia, Washington) - July 2005, St. Louis Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) - July 2005, The Washington Post (Washington, DC) - July 2005, Travel Section, The Virginia Pilot (Virginia Beach, Virginia) - July 2005, The East Valley Tribune (Phoenix, Arizona) - August 2005, The Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas) - August 2005, The Times-Journal (Jacksonville, Florida) - August 2005
"Sunworshippers who can't kick the habit but are spooked by threats of skin cancer, baby boomers trying to stave off that dried-leather look and those who just want to block the sun while reading at the beach can find relief with the new line of SunStuff cinch hats. Woven with material that blocks 100 percent of the sun's UVA and UVB rays and equipped with a 4" brim, the hat kept us pale after several days at the beach. Its reversible feature (made it) more fashionable than the other goofy-looking hats in its genre."
Healthy Kids Magazine (in Spanish) - Summer 2005 "The Sun! 5 Keys for Children"
"Infants' sensitive skin should be protected by applying SPF, keeping them under an umbrella, and wearing a sun protective cap and sunglasses, (like) the reversible infant hat from SunStuff."
Prevention Magazine - May 2006 "A-Z Summer Sun Guide: Breakthrough Science, Superior Sunscreens, and Smart Solutions to Safeguard Your Skin"
"Top Hats: The bigger the hat brim, the better the sun protection. Make yours at least 3 inches wide. Haute styles for hat weather are available at SunStuff, where the crown and brim of each topper are lined with a fabric that offers an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50+, protecting against virtually all UVA and UVB rays."
The Today Show - May 4, 2006 "Today's Style: Essentials for Your Beach Bag" with Style Contributor Bobbie Thomas
"When it comes to the sun, no ordinary hat will do. Stay away from straw, and opt for full-coverage hats like these from Sun Stuff. With SPF 50 - that's right, 50 - you can safeguard your scalp from the sun's harmful rays and prevent future burning, itching and flaking on this easily-forgotten area."
The Beauty Buyble - November 2006 "The Best Beauty Products 2007" by Paula Conway & Maureen Regan
"SunStuff is another groovy company that makes sun hats. What makes SunStuff hats so special? SunStuff's state-of-the-art product line does what most hats do not - help preserve and protect youthful skin in three ways."
MDs on SunStuff"Women spend billions of dollars each year in an effort to reduce the wrinkling and spotting caused by sun damage. These changes to the skin are not inevitable. Sun protective clothing, like SunStuff UPF50+ products, used in conjunction with sunblock, helps prevent many signs of aging before they occur, so the skin is able to dedicate itself to the process of renewal rather than defense." -- Laurie Polis, MD, SOHO Integrative Wellness Center
"Anything you can do to avoid sunlight will give you an edge in preventing premature aging of the skin. Specially designed sun protective clothing, like SunStuff's trendy UPF50+ hats, offer products with downward-sloping, extended brims that maximize coverage of the face and neck in order to minimize exposure to direct sunlight. Anything that helps to shield you from the sun will help you better preserve the texture and clarity of your skin." - Tina Alster, MD
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