3 Things to Look for in Your Sunglasses if You Want to Prevent Getting Crow's Feet

Posted on: 27 October 2016

If you want to reduce your chances of getting crow's feet around your eyes, it's a great idea to start wearing sunglasses whenever it's sunny outside. When sunshine hits your unprotected eyes, your body's natural response is to protect them by squinting. When the muscles around your eyes are made to squint often for extended periods, the motion of that muscle movement begins to cause the wrinkling commonly referred to as crow's feet. The sunlight will also damage the skin around your eyes, making wrinkling more likely.

Any retail sunglasses can help prevent that from happening, but some kinds are far better than others. Here are just three things you should look out for when you're picking out your next pair.

1. Polarised or Mirrored Lenses

Most sunglasses will only provide tinted lenses. Those are all well and good, but polarised or mirrored lenses are much better. When you look into these lenses from the outside, you won't be able to see through to a person's eyes. This is because polarised and mirrored lenses more drastically reduce the amount of light that is allowed to penetrate.

This is great news for anyone who wants to prevent crow's feet since it reduces the need to squint even in very sunny conditions. This is also why such lenses tend to be popular with athletes who need to be able to see everything going on around them even while looking into bright sunlight.

2. High UV Protection

The ability for lenses to block out as much light as possible is crucial if you wish to avoid squinting and creating crow's feet. However, it's just as important to find lenses that provide a high degree of UV protection, and not every pair of mirrored or polarised lenses will necessarily do so. Make sure you check the label of each pair carefully to ensure that damaging UV rays won't penetrate.

The reason for this is that it is UV rays that are responsible for damaging and burning your skin. Even though UV rays don't make you squint, they will make your skin age faster, something that will make wrinkling more likely.

3. Larger Frames and Lenses

Finally, try to pick up a pair of sunglasses that cover as much of your face as possible. Wraparound sunglasses tend to be great since their lenses provide more coverage, but you should also go big with frames to see that more of your face is protected. Taking these steps will mean reducing the amount of glare that hits your eyes and protecting the maximum amount of skin around your eyes from UV rays.