If dad loves to spend time fishing, golfing, biking or participating in any outdoor activity, you may want to consider giving him the gift of sun protective clothing this Father’s Day. It not only will keep him cooler and more comfortable than if his skin was directly exposed to the sun, but it will protect him from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation says, “The sun’s UV radiation is associated with about 90 percent of all skin cancers.” Men over age 40 spend the most time outdoors and have the highest annual exposure to ultraviolet radiation. And the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, are white men over age 50, states the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Middle-aged and older men often don’t perform self skin exams or regularly visit a dermatologist, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Thus, they are the least likely individuals to detect melanoma in its early stages. Encouragement from family members is essential when convincing Dad of the importance of sun protection and early detection. Father’s Day is the perfect time to give your dad the gift of sun protection to show him how much you care.
We asked our Dads at Coolibar what their favorite sun protection item is so we could pass their recommendations onto you. They gave the following sun protective shirts and hats two thumbs up!
Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing
“When coming out of the water on a hot day the shirt keeps me cool even in the sun. Plus it reduces the need for sunscreen.” –Lu
“The Convertible Golf Polo is the lightest and softest polo shirt I have ever owned. It stretches when I move and keeps me as cool as most T-shirts.” –Ben
“It has great light fabric and nice big pockets for passport and other documents. For my photo shoots in sunny FL & CA, I packed 5 travel shirts. I use the triple collar all the time to protect my neck.” –Lu
“I have one of these with me in my suitcase at all times. It’s very comfortable, very protective, and is great for traveling.” –John
Coolibar Sun Hats
Featherweight Bucket Hat
“It is extremely lightweight and packable so I carry one with me in my bag all of the time. It’s very protective with a nice curved brim and a navy under-brim to absorb reflected UV. And if it gets windy I can use the draw string to make sure it doesn’t blow off, normally I tuck this up into the hat.” –John
“This is a great value, classic style, and allows you to wear a fedora without worrying about crushing it when you take it off. Especially great on a winter vacation to the south – you can pack it way so you don’t look out of place in the Minneapolis, MN airport in the middle of February wearing a straw hat!” –Michael
Shapeable Outback Hat
“It’s perfect for landscaping work, and is extremely durable and rugged.” – Alan
Don’t forget Sunscreen and Sunglasses for Dad too!
Have a SunAWARE Father’s Day!