Hiking in full sunshine? Protect your eyes

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the ones that get the bad rep, and with justification of course! If But did you know there are actually three types of rays?

UVA and UVB cause significant damage

UVA and UVB rays not only radiates from the sun, but they also reflect off the ground, water, snow, sand, rocks and practically anything else that’s bright. I love the sun as much as the next #LadyHiker, but overexposure can cause premature aging, sun spots, cataracts and even cancer.

Here are 4 ways to protect those pretty peepers from the sunny sun

  1. Hats

Simple hats and visors will get the done job when it comes to protecting your eyes. A wide-brimmed hat offers more coverage and blocks HALF of the UV rays! Not to mention it shades most of your face, too, so you’re knocking two birds with one stone.

Wide-Brimmed Hat

2. Sunglasses

Ladies, don’t break your bank for these-- any (yes, ANY) sunglasses that are UV400 are the ones you want to purchase. UV400 means that there is 100% protection from UV rays.

Eco-Process Polarized Sunglasses

These ladies from Blue Planet block UVA and UVB, are affordable AND made with 60-75% recycled materials.

3. Eye cream

Sunblock is an obvious MUST, but what some of us might not consider is eye cream. Eye cream is specifically designed to cater to the delicate skin surrounding your eyes.

Moisturize!

Origins Age-Defense Eye Cream with SPF 20 protects against damage from UV rays. Bonus: The White Tea antioxidants help protect eyes from ground level ozone and pollution.

4. Do you wear contacts?

Did you know there are prescription contacts that can help protect your eyes from UV rays? Yes, they exist, and can protect your eyes during those times your sunglasses get sweaty and you just want to take them off.

UV Protecting Contacts

*While these contacts help absorb the UV light your eyes are exposed to, they do not fully protect your eyes from the harmful rays the sun projects and should not be used as substitutes for sunglasses or hats.