If dermatologists ran the world, you’d only be able to buy wraparound sunglasses.
But they don’t, and it’s also not the ’80s (thank goodness). However, it is true that certain styles can make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage — and other sunglasses styles offer extra protection from harmful UV rays. Here are a few dermatologist-approved tips for picking out a good beach-worthy pair.
First of all, don’t bring your aviators to the beach. I know, I know, it’s sad. But the metal frames on most aviators “reflect sunlight on the tops of the cheeks, causing them to burn,” says Vivian Bucay, a dermatologist in San Antonio. And women who wear them often get sun spots on their cheeks as a result, she says. Pick sunglasses with plastic frames instead to best avoid damage.
Second, go for sunglasses with mirrored lenses. “They block more UV rays than regular tinted lenses,” says Bucay. That’s key, since the thin skin around your eyes is so prone to sun damage and wrinkles. There are lots of good options, including ones from Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Céline. If you want advice on finding the best sunglasses for your face shape, we’ve got you covered — just check out this handy guide.