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Grab your sunglasses and set your sights on this anti-aging secret

Sunglasses can be so much more than just an accessory; they can be your #1 anti-aging secret!

Our summers are spent splashing around at the beach, relaxing in the park and embracing our summertime style. Although getting our daily dose of vitamin D can do us a lot of good, from subliming us with a gorgeous glow to better regulating our sleep cycles, experts have found the sun accounts for 80% of premature aging, and an area that is particularly susceptible is our sensitive under eye tissue.

In a 2012 survey, nearly 90% of people believed that protecting their eyes was key to overall health, however most people who choose to wear sunglasses do so only to cut down on the sun’s glare. But we’re here to tell you that you should wear your sunglasses as much as is socially acceptable to protect sensitive under eye tissue from UV rays and keep skin healthy, radiant and youthful.

Protect under eyes from UV rays

The skin around our eyes can be one of the first telltale signs of age. Prolonged sun exposure can be damaging to thin under eye tissue because as UV rays enter our skin cells, it can break down and impair the production of new collagen, which can then induce reduced skin elasticity, pigmentation, and a degradation of skin texture. By reaching for your shades, even on hazier days, we can protect our skin from this kind of sun damage and remain youthful.

Why not go one step further and combine your stylish sunglasses with some SPF action, by wearing a sunscreen such as Creme Solaire Anti-Âge to benefit from Biotherm’s advanced UV filtering system? It also contains the miracle ingredient Life Plankton, which offers 24-hour hydration, rejuvenating and repairing skin. A winner all round!

No more squinting

Experts suggest that facial movements, such as squinting or furrowing brows can cause muscles in these areas to contract and cause wrinkling. When we’re outside, it’s a completely natural reaction to squint on a bright day, but by wearing our favorite pair of sunglasses, it can help us maintain a neutral expression and prevent those fine lines from appearing.

To really target wrinkles around the eyes, use Aquasource Total Eye Revitalizer to help hydrate and awaken the skin around your eyes, leaving them de-puffed, radiant and cooled for a rejuvenated look.

Pick the perfect pair

For ultimate coverage, the rule to live by is this: the bigger the better! Pick shades which have thick armbands, wraparound lenses, or why not make a fashion statement by going for a round, XXL pair?

Choose lenses which block out 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays and filter out 75-90% of visible light. Mirror lenses are very much on trend right now, which is perfect for our anti-aging beauty regime, as these reflective lenses block more UV rays than regular tinted lenses.

As much as we all love our trusty aviators, don’t bring them to the beach! The metal frames of this design reflect sunlight onto the tops of your cheeks and can make them burn, so pick ones with plastic frames to keep your complexion safe.

So, now you have that excuse you needed to go and get your favorite shades - you’re welcome! Make your sunglasses your ultimate anti-aging secret this summer (autumn, winter and spring too!)

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