Wallaroo Hat Company
Who doesn’t love the sun, sand and sea? Yet lurking within those words slips another “s” word – skin cancer. As a travel writer, I notice fellow travel writers wearing Ultraviolet Protection resistant clothing and Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) hats. There’s a good reason for this sun-sensitive travel apparel – along with unprotected sun exposure comes skin cancer. In fact, one of my travel writing buddies was diagnosed with non-malignant skin cancer. I was recently sent some sun protection products to review, including a sun hat from Wallaroo Hat Company and sunscreen products.
What exactly does Ultraviolet Protection mean? Ultraviolet radiation, or UV, is present in sunlight. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV.
The fabrics are tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But remember, a sunhat only protects the skin it covers. Safeguard the rest of your body by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.
Coppertone Sunscreen Products
Unfortunately, I’m a prime target for skin cancer. Thanks to my Norwegian heritage, I have fair skin that sun burns easily. I have more moles on my body than a connect-the-dots word game and I live in Northern California where the sun shines long and bright. While my husband has dark skin that tans easily, our children inherited my light skin complexion. One teenager is a swimmer and a life guard, spending hours by the swimming pool as her summer job. The other teen is a water polo player and life guard. Both have suffered the consequences of forgetting to re-apply sunscreen lotion, resulting in severe sunburn.
Coppertone sent me a new product to test. The Coppertone oil free foaming sunscreen lotion offers SPF 75+, lightweight sun protection. The sunscreen won’t clog pores and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It goes on like shaving cream, rising to fluffy peaks. I imagine that young children would have a ball rubbing the sunscreen on their arms and tummies. While the sunscreen did provide excellent coverage on a recent golf outing with my husband and son, both teenagers prefer continuous spray sunscreen. As long as they remember to re-apply the sunscreen, I’m happy.
Sun Safety Tips
The Wallaroo Adventure Hat retails for $36.00 and comes in three color schemes: natural with camel interior; white with hydrangea interior or camel with black interior.
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Wallaroo Hat Company supplied me with this hat for a travel apparel review. Coppertone supplied me with a six oz. can of Oil Free Foaming Sunscreen Lotion and 8 oz. of Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion for review.
Photo courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown