How to find the perfect sunglasses for your face?

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Let me start with this: Call me biased but I am really a big fan of Ray-Ban

Sunglasses aren't just fashion accessories, it is more than just a fashion statement. They are a necessary protection for your eyes. Most people know about the danger of sun exposure to the skin, but many are unaware that the sun's rays can damage the eyes. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause cataracts, benign growths on the eye's surface, cancer of the eyelids and skin around the eyes, and this and that... And to correctly protect the eyes, you need to know how to select the right type of sunglasses, since wearing the wrong one actually causes more damage than not wearing glasses at all. 

You cannot tell how much UV protection a pair of sunglasses will provide by their price, color, or by the darkness of the lenses. But wait, the darker the lens, the more protection you'll get, right? Actually, NO. UV protection comes from an invisible chemical coating, so you can't tell how well the shades repel UV rays just by the tint of the lenses.

The eye protection is the major consideration when investing in sunglasses, and probably the fit and the style comes next. 

So here you go, how to find the right sunglasses for your face?

In order to find the most suitable pair of sunglasses, choose a frame shape that is opposite of your face. So first of all, you need to know what the shape of your face is. There are five main facial shapes: round, square, oblong, triangular, and oval. Whatever the shape of your face is, choose a pair of sunglasses that are the opposite shape. If you have a round face, you should choose rectangular shaped sunglasses and if you have a square shaped face, you should wear more rounded sunglasses. Yep, as easy as that!
I belong to Oval shaped face and if you fit into this group, you're lucky because almost any shape looks good on you. Just make sure that the size of the frame is in proportion to your face. It is also important to think about the size of your face. If you have a very small face with delicate features, it is probably not a good idea to overpower your face with a dramatically large pair of sunglasses. If you have a larger face with more pronounced features, a tiny pair of sunglasses will look odd and out of proportion. Whatever your face shape, there is a pair of sunglasses out there for you.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing a pair of sunglasses is whether or not the latest trend actually suits your face. Just because a certain celebrity popularizes a specific sunglass style, doesn’t mean that it’s the best style for you!

Face shapes aren't the only deciding factor when choosing sunglasses. The color of your shades is also important and depends on your complexion. The color of the frames should complement your color tone, which consists of your skin and hair color. Most people have either a cool or a warm skin tone. Cool skin tones have pink or blue undertones, while warm skin tones have a yellow cast. Blond, blue-black, white, and light brown are considered cool hair tones, while warm tones are golden blond, flat black, brown-gold, red, and gray are cool. Warm colored people look best in frames that come in camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, off-white, or bright red – Asian skin falls in this category. Avoid black because it can look too heavy!  Cool tones look best in black, rosy brown, plum, magenta, blue, and darker tortoise shade frames. No matter what color frame you end up choosing, remember one criteria that should never be compromised: comfort. Make sure the frames you choose are comfortable and appropriate for what you will need them for.

So before you go under the sun and enjoy every bit of its ray and before you slather on sunscreen cream to protect your skin, NEVER forget sunglasses to protect your eyes!

Happy School-Break!

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