Sunnies Always

By Minji

  • Sunglasses are to the eyes what sunscreen is for the face
  • If there’s sunlight, make sure you have a pair of sunnies on
  • Not all sunglasses are created equal – choose a pair with big mirrored lenses and plastic frame

You’ve already seen my thoughts on the importance of sunscreen.  Hopefully you’ve also taken the time to hear me out as I made the case for a daily hat habit.  Now I want to convince you to wear your sunglasses always (well, almost always) to wrap up the sun protection trifecta. 

I’m guessing most of you own at least one pair of sunnies already that you wear from time to time.  My point here is to show you that not all sunglasses are created equal when it comes to sun protection and also to persuade you to wear them almost always.  Basically, if there’s sunlight, make sure you have the right pair of sunnies on.

Your eyes are so important yet so delicate.  It’s the one area of your face that requires a special cream and extra attention.  The skin around your eyes is thinner and more sensitive yet it’s the one area of your face where you need to be careful about applying sunscreen.  You can apply around it, but usually not too close. 

Enter sunnies - sunglasses can be to the eyes what sunscreen is to the rest of your face.  Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, as long as there’s a sun up there, you should wear your sunnies like you would sunscreen on your face. 

Living in LA, I see tons of people with sunnies.  But most people aren’t meticulous about wearing them everywhere and always.  I feel saddened when I see someone with a pair of sunnies sitting on top of their head, talking while squinting and causing tons of wrinkles around their eyes.  Going back to the point about facial memory and how certain expressions can be imprinted into your face (see more about the dangers of angry face here), avoid making a habit of squinting at all costs!  If wrinkles aren’t enough to persuade you, think about all the other adverse effects of the sun on your eyes.  Rays from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid and cause skin cancer but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies, there are a few things to look out for.  First, make sure they have adequate UV protection.  Most do these days but one way to make sure is to buy them from a reputable brand or seller and confirm. 

Second, when it comes to lenses, the bigger the better since that means more area around the eyes are getting protected.  Do not buy into the tiny sunglasses trend!  As for color, it doesn’t matter unless they are so light they make you squint your eyes.  UV protection is not linked to how dark your lenses are.  Mirrored lenses are the best as they not only block out UV rays but also deflect them. 

Lastly, stick to plastic frames and avoid metal frames like aviators when you’re out in strong sun.  The metal frames on most aviators can reflect sunlight on the tops of your cheeks, causing sun damage.  This is sad since aviators look good on almost everyone…but switch to aviators that have plastic frames!  Those look pretty cool too.  Looking forward to bumping into you all with the sun protection trifecta going on~