What can I say? It would have been a brotherly thing for him to just give it to me.
But I wasn't going to live in the summertime any longer without this thing on my head to keep me cool. So as soon as my wife and I got back home, I did what my brother advised, and I got the same Tacticool hat straight from the seller's website.
But in the process, I read something scary, which I hadn’t even thought of before. Here’s what I mean.
Hollywood star’s nose tells the full story
At first, I only wanted the Tacticool hat because it kept me from getting heat exhaustion. But I found a completely different reason why this hat can be life-saving.
There’s a famous actor in Hollywood — I won’t say who it is, but you’ve certainly seen his movies. Every year or so for the past five years, he's posted a new photo on his social media.
Each photo looks similar: this poor guy looks concerned and a new part of his nose is banged up. That's because he keeps getting new growths on his skin there. He has to keep getting them removed.
You’ve probably heard all the warnings about sun exposure and your skin. The more sun you get, the more likely you are to have a problem. And once it starts, it’s more likely to happen again.
So how do you keep this from happening? Well, for once the experts agree.
SPF 100 to keep out cancer-causing rays
The American Academy of Dermatology and the Centers for Disease Control both recommend you seek shade and — no surprise — wear a broad-brimmed hat.
What they don't tell you is that not all hats are created equal, at least when it comes to keeping out damaging UV rays.
“A typical cotton hat won’t keep you safe...”
According to Consumer Reports, typical summer fabrics have an SPF around 6. But you need SPF 30 to be more or less protected from sun radiation, so a typical cotton hat is way below what you need to be safe.
Compare that to Tacticool hat. Like I said, it’s made out of a UV-reflecting fabric, which deflects 99% of UV rays. If you do the math, that means it's got an SPF of 100.
In other words, the Tacticool guys have thought of everything I need to stay safe in the summertime. Tacticool hat protects me against heat, exhaustion, and serious skin damage. Which brings me to my final point.
It’s getting hot and it’s time to get protected
I don't know about you, but where we live it's starting to get real hot. The sun is out almost every day, blasting down on the ground and on anybody who dares step outside.
Of course, your head is your body's hottest and most exposed part. It gets hit by most of the UV rays. And it's responsible for 50% of the heat you release.