11 Lightweight Running Hats That Look Cool and Still Protect Your Skin


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Outdoor workouts are a (literal) breath of fresh air. Weather permitting, there’s nothing like clearing your head with a run, a walk, a hike, or a yoga class in the park. Unfortunately, the best part of outdoor workouts — the sunshine — is also the biggest downside. As much as we might savor the warm sunlight, our skin isn’t always on the same page. Sunburn isn’t a good look, but it’s even worse for your health. People of any skin color can develop skin cancer, and any time your skin changes color after sun exposure — tan or burn — your risk of skin cancer increases, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

That means it’s a really good idea to wear protection when you’re exercising outside. That includes lathering on the sunscreen and wearing sunglasses and a hat or visor to protect your face. Running with a hat might sound annoying, but luckily, there are lots of lightweight, breathable running-hat choices that won’t get sweaty or uncomfortable on a hot run or hike. In the event you’re running in the rain, they can help shield your face from droplets. Frankly, these running hats are so versatile, we’d rock them sitting by the pool or on the beach, too. Keep reading for some of the best running hats out there, according to reviews.

— Additional reporting by Lauren Mazzo

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