The importance of protecting your eyes
Like wearing sunscreen to protect your skin, protecting your eyes is equally important. The cumulative exposure to UV radiation from the sun can increase your risk of developing cataracts later in life as well as sunburn on the surface of the eyes and macular degeneration. The skin around your eyes such as your eyelids are highly prone to skin cancer.
Always make sure that the sunglasses you buy have UV protection. Usually you can find this information on the sticker placed on the lens or on the packaging. If not ask a sales clerk and don't bother buying it if they don't offer any protection. I have purchased sunglasses from clothing stores at the mall for as little as $12 that still had 100% UV protection.
Here are some of my favorites sunglasses this summer from more affordable brands to designer.
This first pair is light pink with gold detailing on the side. I like the round/oval shape and the color of the lens. I bought these at the clothing store Dynamite which usually has very cute sunglasses at affordable prices.
These Ralph Lauren sunglasses are a very flattering square shape, trendy and quite large without engulfing your face.
My next favorite pair are these Prada aviator style sunglasses, the shape is slightly less defined than traditional aviators but I like the color and the sleek design.
These cute Versace sunglasses are large & round in shape. Perfect when paired with a cute summer up-do.
These Guess sunglasses are the ones I wear most often. They are not very big yet not too small, they fit my face perfectly and the shape is also very flattering.
I am still on the hunt for a pair of white framed sunglasses and also some brown framed glasses.
Protecting your Sunglasses
One thing I think is important for women who own sunglasses is proper purse storage. Under all the other things women carry in their purse it can be quite easy for a pair of sunglasses to get broken, sometimes beyond repair.
I would recommend getting a hard cover case, one that is durable and will protect your sunglasses from getting buried and broken in your bag.
I use this one that I got with my Ralph Lauren sunglasses. It is a bit bulky but gets the job done.
You should also be careful of what you use to wipe and clean your glasses, not all material is safe and can scratch the lens.