This post was sponsored by Essilor as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Okay. Let’s pause for a sec and recognize the fact that it’s #nationalsunglasssesday. hollah.
I really wish my wallet was a bottomless pit, because I’d prob spend all my money on sunglasses if I could. (Okay, probably not completely true…but they are one of my most fave accessories).
So I might already know the answer, but have you ever thought deeply about what you need to know before buying sunglasses? No? Yeah…I thought so. I used to be the same way: see a cute cheap pair and buy them solely because they were on trend. However, now that I’m getting older and slightly more practical, I’m realizing that there’s more that I should think about than just the appearance of my sunnies. So without further ado, here are 4 things to know before buying sunglasses:
1. Dark lenses don’t always block more rays
This had to have been one of the most shocking, because one would think that the darker the lens, the more UV rays that are blocked. That isn’t always exactly the case. While the shade of the sunglasses may add “coolness factor” (which you probs don’t even need 😉 ) and add some contract to what you’re looking at, there’s more that goes into blocking rays of sun. So despite these sunnies being lighter than what I typically go for, they’re still blocking the same (if not more) rays than my other sunglasses. Xperio UV lenses have an E-SPF (eye sun protection factor) of 50+, which is the highest protection you can get.
2. You NEED to block all of those UV rays
Just like your skin, you really need to protect your eyes from harmful sun exposure. And if you don’t protect your eyes now, the damage builds up over your life. Eventually, you could be left with some really unfortunate damage and pain. What’s awesome is that Xperio UV lenses protect your eyes from glare and harmful UV rays with maximum UV protection on both the front and back of the sun lens. Close to 50% of UV rays that reach the eyes come from reflection off the back surface of the lens which is why backside protection like that offered from Xperio UV is crucial.
3. Polarized lenses are a must
Guys. Ever since experiencing polarized lenses, I probably won’t go back to regular ones. Think about that blinding glare you get when looking at something facing the sun. Guess what? Polarized lenses help decrease that lens so you can actually see 😉 Keep in mind though that polarized lenses only reduce glare from reflective surfaces. They don’t block UV rays.
Being the practical person I am, I always think you need to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Whether that’s physically or emotionally, doesn’t matter. A couple things I look into when purchasing sunglasses are the nose piece and how they fit on my head. Not gonna lie, I’m a fan of both the connected nose piece and separate plastic ones, but some people find one more comfortable than the other. I do notice that the connected nose piece tends to slide more when I sweat, so I try to avoid those when I’m going to be outside all day. I also love that these sunnies have a spring-back feature, that allows them to fit on any head and not squeeze someone’s brain to death…because those sunglasses are never fun.
What are your fave types of sunnies?? // Make me feel better and lemme know how many you own! 🙂