Milder weather, brighter days and cheery folks, spells only one thing: Spring! And not a moment too soon. So, what to do with all of that sunshine? Bask in it of course! Ok — that, and maybe protect your eyes in the process too, with a quality pair of sunglasses. Functional as well as fashionable, they’re a must-have for the spring/summer season. But before you buy, a few things to consider:
The Safety Factor
It’s no secret that skin exposure to the sun is harmful. It’s important to note, however, that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, can be just as harmful on one’s eyes. Experts recommend that sunglasses block out 99 to 100% of UV. Don’t be fooled by by a higher-priced model, as it doesn’t necessarily mean that the proper level UV protection is there. Look instead, for the sticker or label indicating the level of UV protection.
The Style Factor
Should you go for Aviators or Mirrored? Wraparounds or Oversized? Glass lenses or Plastic lenses? With the sheer amount styles and designs out there, a good place start, is to first figure out what you’ll be using the sunglasses for. There’s no sense in purchasing dramatic rock-star wraparounds if you only need a pair for outdoor jogging. Another consideration? Face shape. Choose a pair of sunglasses that will compliment the shape of your face. Yes. You may have to try on many styles, but isn’t that half the fun? Finally, deciding on the color of the frames is important. Typically, unless you’re looking to purposely stand out, you’ll want to choose a color that compliments your skin tone or hair color.
The Price Factor
Thankfully, there are many styles of sunglasses to suit every budget. But buyer beware! Especially if your going to lay down some serious cash for designer models. Purchase from reputable shops, or buy online. There are plenty of trustworthy sites where one can acquire quality sunglasses at great prices. And remember, whether the sunglasses you purchase cost you $50 or $500, make sure they have the proper level of UV protection, and you’ll be fine.
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