Why We Love National Sunglasses Day
They make you look attractive (and fun!)
No joke, science has shown that sunglasses make us look more attractive. There are a few reasons for this 1) The cover up and offer a structure of symmetry onto your face. No face is perfectly symmetrical but sunglasses hide that! 2) They add an air of mystery: when you cannot see someones eye movements, they appear more mysterious and 3) the historical link between glamor and movie stars, who adopted sunglasses in the 1950s to avoid paparazzi.
They protect your vision
You don’t need to buy the most expensive glasses to get the most effective UVA and UVB protection; even the cheap ones from the grocery store spinning racks are doing you a huge favor! Even if the sun doesn’t hurt your eyes UV rays that can cause photokeratitis, pingueculae and permanent retinal damage, if you are exposed to them frequently. Look for sunglasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. This includes those labeled as “UV 400,” which blocks all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers. Don’t worry they aren’t hard to find.
They keep you from getting wrinkles
Sunglasses help prevent wrinkles in two ways 1) they keep your eyes relaxed and prevent squinting, which helps prevent crows-feet wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, and 2) the block harmful skin damaging and cancer causing UV rays from reaching the sensitive skin around our eyes. Wear sunglasses for health and to look awesome. Double win!