Everyone loves a good set of shades… so why not grab your best sunglasses and make some waves at the pool, beach, or just walking down the street with your sweet shades. Make sure you’re wearing some sunglasses and join in the fun of National Sunglasses Day on June 27!
National Sunglasses Day timeline
The Chinese wear sunglasses with lenses made from flat panes of smoky quartz.
James Ayscough starts experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles.
Sunglasses become widely used, especially among Hollywood celebrities.
Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses become the hottest accessory with celebrities and the rest of society.
National Sunglasses Day Activities
Treat yourself to a new pair!
Get yourself that pair you've had your eye on, or one you didn't before today. Browse online, in a convenience store or even a corner store and find your next favorite pair of glasses. Whether you've been meaning to buy those super pricy Maui Jim's or you just pick up a pair of $5 shades from the corner store you're doing yourself a favor and are guaranteed to look cool. According to one of the top San Diego PR Firms, only 40% of Americans wear sunglasses for their eye-saving properties.
Wear your favorite pair and coordinate your outfit
Pick out your favorite pair and wear an outfit that matches your sunglasses! Can you create a whole outfit based on the shades you pick? Are your frames purple, do you have a matching purple shirt that you can pair with it? What about matching your purple socks? You know you want to.
Buy a pair to give to a friend
There are few fun $5 gifts that could be as useful or as fun as a pair of sunglasses for your best friend. Go ahead and get some bestie matching sunglasses. They are sure to love it and you can match for at least on day! Post your sunglass bestie selfie to social media!
Why We Love National Sunglasses Day
They make you look attractive (and fun!)
No joke, science has shown that sunglasses make us look more attractive. There are a few reasons for this 1) The cover up and offer a structure of symmetry onto your face. No face is perfectly symmetrical but sunglasses hide that! 2) They add an air of mystery: when you cannot see someones eye movements, they appear more mysterious and 3) the historical link between glamor and movie stars, who adopted sunglasses in the 1950s to avoid paparazzi.
They protect your vision
You don't need to buy the most expensive glasses to get the most effective UVA and UVB protection; even the cheap ones from the grocery store spinning racks are doing you a huge favor! Even if the sun doesn't hurt your eyes UV rays that can cause photokeratitis, pingueculae and permanent retinal damage, if you are exposed to them frequently. Look for sunglasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. This includes those labeled as "UV 400," which blocks all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers. Don't worry they aren't hard to find.
They keep you from getting wrinkles
Sunglasses help prevent wrinkles in two ways 1) they keep your eyes relaxed and prevent squinting, which helps prevent crows-feet wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, and 2) the block harmful skin damaging and cancer causing UV rays from reaching the sensitive skin around our eyes. Wear sunglasses for health and to look awesome. Double win!
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