What You Need to Know About Sun Exposure to Your Eyes

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Now that school is out for summer break we have already spent several hours logging in some pool time. Although I am very diligent about making sure we all apply sunscreen regularly, I’m not always great at remembering that sun exposure to your eyes can be a cumulative danger over the years.

I’ve been wearing ACUVUE brand contact lenses for years and for several years. I’ve partnered up with ACUVUE to help spread the word about their UV blocking contact lenses.

A number of studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are mostly cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life, including cataracts, a leading cause of reduced vision in the United States. While UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. Still, any proactive steps I can take to protect my eyes and my family’s eyes is important to me.

Did you know that children and teens are at risk of greater UV exposure than any other age group? Children have larger pupils (allowing more light into their eyes), clearer lenses, and typically spend more time outdoors without eye protection and for longer periods of time than most adults. It is estimated that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults.

When it comes to UV exposure, however, it’s not just direct sunlight that does damage. Reflected ultraviolet (UV) rays from surfaces such as grass, soil, dry sand, water, and snow can also be harmful. Today at the pool my older daughter forgot her sunglasses and kept asking to borrow mine. The reflected sun off the water can be brutal! UV protection also is important on a cloudy day as the sun’s rays can pass through thin clouds, exposing your eyes to harmful UV radiation. Just as you can still get sunburned on an overcast day, your eyes can still be exposed to UV rays.

I always wear sunglasses at the pool or when outdoors on a sunny day, especially when driving. While sunglasses are definitely a good idea when it comes to eye protection, not all sunglasses are created equal. Choose sunglasses that limit transmission to no more than 1 percent UVB and 1 percent UVA rays. Sometimes the information on the glasses will say they block at least 99 percent of the UV rays.

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Here are three things to look for when buying sunglasses:

  • Lenses large enough to completely cover the eye and prevent as much light as possible from entering through the edges of the glasses. Wrap-around sunglasses are best.
  • Darker lenses, particularly if you are more light sensitive.
  • Gray lenses. They provide the least color distortion, but not any better protection than other colored lenses. While most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, most frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the sides, top and bottom of the glasses

UV blocking contact lenses can provide an important level of additional protection from UV exposure. Not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 81% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products.*

Want to learn more about how you can protect your eyes from UV exposure? Visit Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know on the ACUVUE® website.

First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Repair Cream Review

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If you have extremely sensitive skin, especially in the winter, and you’re looking for a great facial moisturizing cream that is petroleum free, I have found your product!

Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty (FAB) is an intense therapy skin protectant formulated to hydrate dry, parched skin.

A few thoughts on this product: it’s a very light whipped cream consistency, making ideals for sensitive skin. If you want your moisturizers to feel thick and greasy, this is not it. Designed for the face as well as the body, I found that FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream was great for chapped skin around my nose when I had a cold. It’s also great for kids’ chapped faces since it’s not greasy and it’s unscented. Now this isn’t a daily moisturizer with an SPF that I’d wear daily, but it’s ideal for irritated skin, especially in the winter. FAB does offer a full line of products for the face, including a daily face moisturizer, eye cream and cleanser.

I wasn’t familiar with FAB, founded in 2009 and specializing in safe and effective beauty skin care products. FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, including parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes. Some of their products are also FDA-approved OTC formulas that target skin issues such as eczema and acne.

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More details from FAB’s website:

FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil and ceramides, FAB Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair Cream can be used all over the body and on the face.

FAB Ultra Repair Cream is for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments or any of the following conditions: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, keratosis pilaris.

Hydrates, calms and smoothes skin. Improves natural barrier function. Relieves minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other conditions.

No Parabens, Harsh Chemicals or Colorants.

FAB Ultra Repair is a bit on the pricey side at $28 for a 6 oz. tub or $12 for a 2 oz. tub but if you have irritated, sensitive skin this may be the product for you. FAB Ultra Repair is sold on the FAB website and Amazon.

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Giveaway: Aveeno Celebrates National Oatmeal Month

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My skin gets really dry in the winter and I’m constantly applying lotion to battle the dry skin doldrums. One of my all-time favorite brands of lotion is Aveeno.

January is National Oatmeal Month and Aveeno offers several products that contain natural colloidal oatmeal, which is a natural anti-itch remedy (we even use oatmeal baths and shampoos on our dogs in the winter!) and perfect for delicate and sensitive skin. I love their lotion because my entire family can use it since it’s gentle and fragrance free.

Since 1937, the AVEENO® Brand has been utilizing the moisturizing and soothing properties of oatmeal in their products. In celebration of National Oatmeal Month, I’ve partnered with Aveeno to give away one bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and one bottle of AVEENO® Baby Daily Moisture to one lucky reader.

Aveeno Giveaway: Aveeno Celebrates National Oatmeal Month

Want to win an Aveeno lotion prize pack? For a chance to win, simply leave a comment letting me know what Aveeno product is your favorite.

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I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at midnight CST Saturday, January 25. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and up.

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