Skincare Prevention Tips from American Hat Makers – sponsors of 2014 Hat Day in the Sun

Did you know skin cancer is the most common of all cancers? The fact is 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun.

The good news is there are many things you can do to decrease your exposure to the sun, and reduce the possibility for skin cancer.

American Hat Makers and Head’n Home is co-sponsoring “Hat Day in the Sun,” a national campaign created by the Headwear Association to promote skin cancer awareness on June 19th 2014, in Capitola from 1pm. They will be giving out 300 FREE hats!

Read more info about Hat Day in the Sun here.

Here are a few top tips to protect your skin that you can start today!

  • WEAR A HAT! You can purchase an American made leather hat here.
  • Seek out the shade between the hottest part of the day 10am-4pm
  • Do not burn, and avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
  • Wear lip balm with sunscreen everyday
  • Cover up with clothing — breathable long-sleeved shirts and pants are best
  • Wear large UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher even on foggy days
  • For outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating
  • Keep newborns out of the sun, and use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months
  • Examine your skin each month from head to toe and make note of any abnormal growths or moles
  • Schedule a yearly skin exam with your physician or dermatologists
  • Keep sunscreen in the car – for long car trips
  • Use extra sunscreen near water, snow, and sand – these surfaces reflect the intensity of UV rays
  • Buy extra bottles of sunscreen and keep in gym bag, trunk, diaper bag and purse
  • Lightly spray sunscreen in your hair or on head for extra protection

For more information or to buy UV-Protection Sun Hats, visit our Head’n Home Hat Store.

Have a safe and happy Summer!


Help Spread Skin Cancer Awareness and Win a Hat!

American Hat Makers & Head’n Home Hats are sponsoring Hat Day in the Sun in Santa Cruz — a national public awareness campaign for skin cancer awareness on Thursday, June 19th, 2014.

Did you know 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun?

We’d love your support to help spread the word! When you follow & share/retweet our posts on Facebook and Twitter until June 19, we’ll put you in a draw for a free American made hat – one winner for each channel!

This is the first year we are sponsoring and we need your help you make it GREAT!

Read more about Hat Day in the Sun here.

American Hat Makers sponsor national “Hat Day in the Sun” on June 19

Santa Cruz, Calif.—Head’n Home Hats, parent company of American Hat Makers, and Dorfman-Pacific, another local hat company, are partnering to sponsor Northern California’s “Hat Day in the Sun” on June 19 in Capitola Village. The co-sponsors expect to give out more than 300 hats at the event, which begins at 1:00pm at Esplanade Park.

Designed to educate people about the importance of protecting their skin against excessive sun exposure, the event was created by The Headwear Association, the oldest and largest hat association in the world, as a national public awareness campaign. Capitola is one of 5 national locations for this hat event. This is the first year the campaign has had sponsorship in Santa Cruz County.

“We jumped at the chance to sponsor the event as it gives us an opportunity to support our local community,” said Hannah Watrous, VP of Marketing & Branding. “Beach communities are an obvious place to educate people about the dangers of over exposure to the sun, and this is a great opportunity to raise awareness about skin care along with the benefits of wearing hats to protect your head and face.”

American Hat Makers is a family-owned and operated premier cut and sew hat making company founded in 1978 by Gary Watrous. All of American Hat Makers headwear are guaranteed for life, custom fitted and handmade in Watsonville, California using the finest American leather and materials. Their men’s and women’s hats are renowned for their unsurpassed quality, attention to detail, and unique designs.

To view our sun protective leather hats, visit