Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations stinging winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. Most of us would never even think of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in overcast climates; nevertheless unfortunately, a lot of people leave their sunglasses behind. While many of us don't think about the shining sunshine during times that we are bundling up against the freezing winter climate, the sun's rays are still in full force during the winter months, and sometimes can be even more powerful.
They didn't write a song called "winter wonderland" for nothing. In particular after a snow storm, the blanket of snow covering the world around you, actually intensifies the reflection of the sunlight. In fact, it can hurt to open your eyes when you first leave the house after a heavy snow. The UV exposure that many people are so vigilant in avoiding in the summer can actually be more hazardous in the winter since it reflects off the snow or ice, giving you double exposure. This is the reason good sunglasses are a crucial part of your winter wardrobe.
While it's important to feel great in your sunglasses, the most important consideration when choosing sunglasses is being certain they will properly do their job. Check that your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays by looking for confirmation that they block all light up to 400 nanometers – UV400. The good news is proper sun protection doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive pair. Dozens of inexpensive options exist that still provide total UV coverage.
Another important factor in picking the right sun wear is frame size. You will have the most protection when your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful UV rays will be able to penetrate. Glasses with side shield will also prevent harmful rays from sneaking in from the sides.
If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, it’s important to know that ultraviolet radiation is more powerful at peak heights, so be especially sure to keep your eyes covered on the slopes. Another way to add extra protection is put on a protective hat with a wide brim or visor.
This winter, stay warm and stay protected! Don't leave home without your sunglasses.