Hijab is the proper Islamic dress code, which is primarily intended to safeguard the modesty, dignity and honor of men and women. By wearing Hijab, women protect themselves from any lustful gaze or act that may expose them to temptation or harassment of any kind. On the other hand, it protects men from indulgence in vices and unlawful acts. If Im not mistaken Niqab is covering your face as well.
"And say to the believing women to lower their gazes and guard their chastity, and let them not display of their charm - except what is apparent.: (An-Nur 24:31)
Commenting on the phrase "what is apparent" Ibn Abbas, the famous Companion said: ?It means face and hands.? In other words, according to Ibn Abbas, a woman must cover all her body except her face and hands while in the presence of men who are not related to her directly.
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In my opinion, there aren't any benefits to wearing one over the other besides personal preference. In the USA, most of the Muslim females that I know prefer to wear the hijab for differing reasons. Assuming you live in the USA, religious headwear that covers your face could make others uncomfortable. One of the biggest deciding factors on what to wear includes what you'd like to do with your appearance, how committed you are not to care what others think, and such.