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5 Reasons Why It’s More Than OK to Wear Sunglasses in Winter

Not just a style statement.

I always feel a little ridiculous wearing my sunglasses in winter, but it turns out it’s not to silly after all.

Stars such as Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Madonna seem to wear their shades 24/7 (even indoors), and while it’s easy to put it down to their superstar status, they might be onto something.

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Just like wearing SPF all year round (yes – even in the UK), keeping your eyes covered can have huge benefits – not just for your outfit, but for your eye health too.

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Even if you live in the drizzliest of cities, the occasional glimmer of sunshine does appear and while it’s always a welcome treat, the sun brings with it some dangers too.

I have to say I’m almost glad to hear wearing sunnies in winter is acceptable. Now when I’ve skipped the eyeliner, I can wear my shades with pride!

So why should we wear shades even when it’s chilly? Here’s what you need to know.

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They prevent headaches

If you suffer from headaches, wearing shades might be the answer.

According to All About Vision, bright lights cause your pupils to constrict, but in dim light they automatically dilate. This reduces eye strain, which could be the reason you’re suffering from headaches and migraines.

If you wear sunnies however, the amount of light that reaches your eyes will be reduced.

They protect your eyes

It sounds obvious, but sunglasses literally act as barriers to your eyes. They prevent dust, sand and wind from entering and irritating your eyes, which can cause them to water if they’re anything like mine.

While it might not sound like a big deal, it’s a lot easier wearing shades than having to re-do your make up throughout the day. As I live by the beach, this is a constant irritation of mine!

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UV rays still exist in winter

For the same reason you should be wearing SPF to protect your skin, your eyes also need protecting. Yep, we’re talking about UV rays.

While the sun might be softer in winter, it bounces off icy or wet surfaces and into your eyes.

UV rays can cause eye problems, such as macular degeneration, cataracts and even skin cancer, so it’s a good idea to opt for polarized shades to protect your eyes. Plus, they prevent wrinkles around your eyes too.

They reduce glare while driving

Another problem I regularly face is glare from the sun while driving, so I always keep a pair of sunnies in my car.

According to Mather Vision Group, the glare is actually worse in the colder months as the sun is lower on the horizon, so it hits the earth and reflects at a lower angle. This can impair your vision while driving, walking, running or even skiiing.

Sunglasses reduce the glare however, making all these activities that little bit easier.

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Last but not least, they look great

If they’re good enough for Kim K, they’re good enough for us!

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Have I convinced you? Here’s a selection of the best shades you can shop now.

Gucci Women's GG Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses - Black/Black/Grey

Women’s GG Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses, £245, Gucci – buy now

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Rio Sunglasses, £101, Poppy Lissiman – buy now

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Cat-Eye Sunglasses, £9.99, H&M – buy now

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Women’s Square Frame Acetate Sunglasses, £725, Gucci – buy now

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