It’s summertime! The sun is shining brightly and many of us are enjoying outdoor activities, but are you properly protecting your eyes?
We know that UV rays can burn our skin and lead to skin cancer, but these same rays can cause damage to our eyes too. According to the website, PreventBlindness.com, UVA rays lead to macula damage to our eyes, eventually breaking down our central vision. UVB rays cause damage to the cornea and lens of our eyes. There is even a term for sunburned cornea’s called keratitis.
Other summer elements can also lead to damage to our eyes. Chlorinated pool water can still be a breeding ground for viruses including pink eye, let alone cause dryness and irritation. Excessive sweat or even the little bit of sand on your face can get into your eyes, causing inflammation or scratches to this delicate area.
Options for Eye Protection
Sunglasses are not only fashionable, but they help protect our eyes from many of these elements. Look for sunglasses that have UV protection. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends looking for 100% UV or UV400 protection sunglasses. They also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat to help shield the bright sunshine.
Spending time in the pool, lake or ocean? Reach for a good pair of swimmer googles. Many of these come with a special protective film to reduce glare and protect eyes from the sun. Just make sure they offer a good fit and don’t have any leaks.
Topical protection, like our SUN REFLECT Daytime Defense, is a mineral-based sun protectant gentle enough to apply close to the eyes without causing irritation, something that not all sunscreens can do.
You have probably heard the importance of antioxidants, taken both internally and applied topically, will boost our bodies defenses against damaging free radicals. RA EYES formulations contain a blend of antioxidants to prevent premature breakdown of healthy collagen and elastin. Humectants are also important during the summer months as the sun and warmer temperatures can create dryness, accentuating fine lines and wrinkles.
Top Eye Care Picks for Summer
RA EYES has several formulations that are great options for summertime eye care. Our Peptide 3-n-1 Eye Cream is perfect for your daily morning care. With a powerful blend of 3 peptides, stem cells, antioxidants and lightweight humectants, eyes experience a reduction in puffiness and dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, while stimulating collagen. The plantain leaf stem cell repairs damage while increasing firmness. Marshmallow root helps brighten tissue and Indian Gooseberry boosts antioxidant protection, inhibiting premature breakdown of collagen.
Eye & Lip Renew Serum is the ultimate PM eye care product! Our specialized liquid cholesterol crystals lock in hydration around the eyes and prevent the formation of wrinkles while you sleep. The addition of two potent antioxidants, Spin Trap and l-ascorbic acid help convert free radicals into vital oxygen, while brightening and protecting tissue.
Don’t forget to add a Weekly Eye Treatment, especially if you are traveling and not seeing your RA Aesthetician on a regular basis. Toss the Moisture Eye-Zyme into your travel bag and you have a quick solution to keep eyes youthful and radiant.
By incorporating these simple guidelines, you can enjoy the outdoors this summer while protecting your eyes, from the inside, out!