One common misconception is that sunglasses are
needed only for the summer months. This is simply not true as the sun's
ultraviolet rays do their damage all year 'round.
We all want to look cool in our new shades, but there
are several things to consider when buying a new pair of sunglasses.
Below is an easy guide to help match you up with a pair that's perfect
for you. Here's what you should know before making your purchase:
Style and Comfort
Choose the proper style and you'll have comfort too.
If you buy a pair that doesn't fit correctly, chances are, you won't
wear them, or you'll end up buying another pair. Designer sunglasses are
very popular because they offer better quality, but discount sunglasses
can also be a good choice if you're careful in your selection.
Ultraviolet (UV) Protection
Sunglasses are important for protecting your eyes
against the sun's dangerous UV Rays, which are also present on
cloudy days. Lens color is not an indication of protection. You need
to read the labels and look for lenses that are for "special
purpose," which should block 95 to 100 percent of the UV rays.
Polarized lenses take it a step further with a layer that helps
protect against glaring sunlight that reflects off of surfaces.
Hollywood celebrities are setting the trends with
larger, eye-catching frames coming into spring and summer. Larger
lenses benefit not only the eyes, but the sensitive skin surrounding
the eyes -- a win-win situation. Obviously, smaller frames offer
less protection because the rays can find their way in very easily.
For most people, something in-between is stylish and practical.
Kids need protection too. By wearing sunglasses
early on, there will be less damage to and around the eye area. Skin
is less likely to show fine lines and wrinkles when they get older.
Sunglasses that Flatter
What fun is wearing sunglasses if they don't look
good? There's a certain amount of "chic-ness" that goes along with
wearing a hot new pair of shades. The trick is finding a pair that will
provide adequate protection and flatter your face.
If your face is oval, consider yourself very
lucky. Just about any style will look good on you. Take a chance and
experiment with different shapes and colors. Women with oval faces
often have an assortment of sunglasses, because they are accessories
that compliment their face and their wardrobe.
Got a long face? Square frames help shorten it up
a bit taking up more space. Overall, this gives the illusion of a
shorter face. Basic is best for men. For women, unique ornamental
decorations draw attention upwards, downplaying a long chin.