We like to look good when soaking up sun and fun and the beach, but there’s one fashion accessory that could be making your skin more vulnerable to sun damage, so they should stay off the shore: aviator sunglasses. Yes, as stylish as they may be, dermatologists warn that wearing these at the beach could actually put you at higher risk for wrinkles.
It’s the metal frames on most aviators that are to blame because they “reflect sunlight on the tops of the cheeks, causing them to burn,” explains dermatologist Vivian Bucay. She says women who wear this style of shades often get sun spots on their cheeks as a result.
So what makes a dermatologist-approved beach-worthy pair? Go for plastic frames to avoid damage and get mirrored lenses, too. Bucay says they block more UV rays than regular tinted lenses, which is key because of the sensitive skin around your eyes that’s more prone to sun damage and wrinkles. So protect your eyes and your skin with the right pair of sunnies.