The sun is an essential in my life. It depicts my mood, my health, and my daily plan. Whenever the sun is out in full force, I feel more energetic and motivated to get outside to do something. The water always seems warmer when the sun is out and my surfs usually last twice as long as sessions when the sun isn’t out. Not only does the sun provide me with energy, it keeps me stock full of vitamin D, which is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorous- ensuring strong bones and a powerful immune system.
Living in San Diego, I have easy access to sunshine, but living so close to the beach has a con- marine layer AKA fog. The gloom depresses me. I give mad props to those of you who live in northern latitudes where it’s rare to get frequent full sun. But don’t forget that gray or blue, the sun will find its way to you. Always use protection to reduce chances of skin cancer and wrinkles. Who me? Yes, you. Those rays will reach down and brush your skin with a healthy dose of D but also carcinogens and fine lines if you’re not careful.
Being that I use the thickest, whitest organic sunscreen, I don’t always like to slather it on before going out. In the last couple years, I have discovered the beauty of hats. Versatile and stylish, you can’t go wrong with a hat that serves as a bodyguard for your skin. My favorite hat at the moment is a wide brimmed hat like the one pictured (Brixton Hat). It covers my face, neck, chest, and shoulders, so I can go out all day without having to apply a drop of sunscreen to those areas. Get yours: check out the epic collection of hats on SWELL