The first EVER Sun Hat to be validated by British Skin Foundation

For the first time in its history, the British Skin Foundation, the leading UK organisation into skin cancer research has officially validated it’s first ever hat, and it’s the Global Babe Strong Hat.

The Global Babe Strong hat carries an incredible UPF factor of 1200 + as approved by the Australian Radiation Protection Authority.

To receive the UPF 1200 +, the hats underwent a vigorous test which involved constant 10 day exposure to powerful UVA and UVB rays. The results showed the strong hat material is 99.9999% resistant to the sun’s radiation.  As a result, Global Babe Strong hats are more protective than any sun bloc, are non-toxic and free from chemicals.The Global Babe strong hats offer enough shade to cover you face, neck, décolletage and shoulders. They fold up neatly and fit into any handbag. The items are machine washable and ideal for everyday use.

The founder of Global Babe, Fiona Argyle, an Australian, created the ready to wear sun protection after five of her friends were diagnosed with skin cancer. Tragically two have since died from Melanoma.

‘This validation means the world to me, not only are Global Babe Strong Hats stunning and offer UPF 1200+ …they have now received the full stamp of approval from the British Skin Foundation.

For the Global Babe Strong Hat, to be the first adult hat to ever receive validation from the British Skin Foundation is an incredible honor and a wonderful achievement.

I founded Global Babe to empower other women through fashion. I created the hats initially for my friends, to protect them from skin cancer and rapid ageing.

I hope with the support of a respected organization like the British Skin Foundation, more women will be inspired to wear Global Babe strong hats, and protect their beautiful skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.’

This spring summer, from the months of April – September 2014, 10% of all online Global Babe Strong Hat sales, will go directly towards the British Skin Foundation’s It takes 7 campaign.


UK Melanoma and Skin Cancer Statistics-2010

  • * 12,800 cases of melanoma were diagnosed in the UK, around 35 people every day.
  • * At least two 15-35 year olds are being diagnosed with malignant melanoma every day in the UK
  • * Rates of malignant melanoma are rising faster than any other type of common cancer  (rates have more than quadrupled over the last thirty years)
  • * Over 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year
  • * -7 people die in the UK every day from skin cancer

Ireland Melanoma and Skin Cancer Statistics- 2013

  • * 73 female deaths every year from Melanoma
  • * 485 new Melanoma cases every year
  • * 3810 cases of skin cancer in 2013

United States Melanoma Statistics

  • * Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S.
  • * Amount of young women under 30 with melanoma has increased by 50% since 1980.
  • * Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29

Australia Melanoma Statistics

  • * Melanoma is Australia’s national cancer. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15–39 years old. In this age group, melanoma makes up 20% of all cancer cases and is responsible for 8% of all cancer deaths. In 20–34 year-olds, melanoma kills more young Australians than any other single cancer!
  • * Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.
  • * Melanoma rates have doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006.
  • * Melanoma rates are still on the rise with an estimated 392 extra cases per year.1 in 17 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma before age 85.