See What the Sun Is Really Doing to Your Body

Over the course of this summer, we’ve written multiple times about the importance of wearing UV-blocking sunglasses while out in the sun.

While it’s no secret that the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can wreak havoc on our skin, most people fail to realize that our eyes are just as vulnerable to sun-induced damage and disease.

But even if you slather on the SPF 50 and keep a pair of shades handy at all times, chances are you have no idea just how much the sun actually affects our bodies.

This video uses an ultraviolet camera to show you what your eyes can’t detect – the not-yet-visible skin damage caused by the sun. Watch it and you’ll see why a good pair of shades are just as important as a good sunscreen.

Yikes. Now that you’re probably in the market for a new pair of wayfarers, these guidelines will help you make an informed purchasing decision.

Look for sunglasses that:

+ Block 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation.

+ Screen out 75-90% of visible light

+ Contain gray lenses that make it easier to recognize colors.

+ Have color-matched lenses free of scratches and imperfections.

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