Protect Your Eyes — Facts You Might Not Know About Sunglasses

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Far too many people think of sunglasses just as an accessory. They do not think about the facts or why you need to wear them. This means that when they leave a pair behind, they are not overly concerned or focused on picking up another pair right away. When I was offered a couple of amazing pairs of Simply Vera by Vera Wang sunglasses I could not help but get excited. Sunglasses are perhaps my favorite accessory and the one thing that I try to never leave home without. In fact, I usually have a pair in each of my bags and in my car so that I can always have them close enough to make sure that they are on.

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Prevent Macular Degeneration

One of the things that I love about wearing sunglasses is knowing that I am really doing something great for my eyes for the long term. Macular degeneration can occur when your eyes are exposed to violet or blue portions of the lights that are in the solar spectrum. Many people do not realize how damaging these types of rays are to their eyes. By wearing sunglasses when you are outside, you are reducing your chance of having macular degeneration.

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Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

It is so important for you to be able to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. Not only can the UV rays cause harmful cataracts, but it can also cause there to be growths on your eyes or for you to suffer from painful photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is the condition of temporary blindness which causes you to have a small sunburn on your eyes. This heals quickly which is why you can see but it can cause headaches or long lasting damages. Wearing stylish sunglasses like these awesome Cassi Aviator Sunglasses from Simply Vera by Vera Wang, can help you to make sure that you are avoiding harmful damage from UV rays to your eyes.

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Keep Skin Cancer Away


Another thing that many people do not realize is that the sensitive skin around your eyes is one of the most common places for you to get skin cancer. Because these tissues are more delicate, it is more likely that they are going to have skin cancer. It does not matter if you are driving, working, or playing outside; you will want to keep your sunglasses on. There are so many great styles from Simply Vera by Vera Wang that you will be able to find one that is perfectly suited for you. Personally I love that the Cassi comes in different colors. I was so excited to be able to check out the Shiny Brown. These are the perfect understated sunglasses for every day. Plus when I am wearing them, I am going to be reducing my chances of having skin cancer.

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Make Driving at Night Easier

Did you know that being outside in direct sunlight can actually cause you to have problems with the darker times of day? We travel a lot as a family. Many times we are traveling all day long and then driving throughout the night as well. Wearing sunglasses during the day means that my eyes are better equipped to be able to handle driving at night. So, the drives are safer for my family.

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I love learning new things and was excited to learn about all of these ways that wearing sunglasses can make my life just a little bit better. I love that I can take my family on vacation and know that I am better equipped to handle driving conditions. I also love knowing that my eyes are healthier and that I am preventing certain types of skin cancer just by wearing my favorite accessory

Stay Protected from the Sun All Year Long with Sun Protection Zone

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Did you know that you can still get a sunburn and experience damages from the sun in the fall and winter?  Many people do not realize that you need to take sun protection seriously year round.

5 Tips to Stay Safe From the Sun All Year Long (Even in the Cold Months)

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Tip 1 — Use Sunscreen

Anytime that you are going to be outside, even in the winter, you should be applying a sunscreen that contains SPF 30 or higher.  Doing this will keep you from burning and will protect you against all of the damages the sun can cause to your skin.  You should make sure to apply all sunscreen liberally.  You also want to make sure that your skin is completely covered with sunscreen.  One great way to get this done in the wintertime is to use a moisturizer that contains SPF.  This is also great for keeping dry winter skin well hydrated.  In addition you can use a stronger sunscreen on areas of your body that are going to be exposed to the sun.  Just remember to get pesky easy to forget spots like the top of your ears.

Tip 2 — Keep Your Eyes Protected

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Wearing sunglasses is also really important.  You want to make sure that your eyes are protected from the sun.  So many people lather on the sunscreen but skip the sunglasses.  Doing this does not mean that you are fully protected and you can end up with sun damage to your eyes.

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Sun Protection Zone offers you many great choices of sunglasses for kids that are going to protect your child’s eyes.  Both of the pairs that are pictured are available for $15 each.

Tip 3 — Choose Protective Clothing

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If you are going to be outdoors doing work one thing that you can do to stay protected is to choose protective clothing.  I really like the Women’s Long Sleeve UltraLite Shirt ($60).  I like that it is perfect for layering during the fall and winter months while still keeping me protected from the damaging rays of the sun.

Tip 4 — Don’t Forget to Cover Your Head

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I will admit that while I am really good about using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and wearing sunglasses, I often forget the importance of wearing a hat on my head.  Wearing a good protective hat is important because it offers you the chance to protect your scalp from the sun’s harmful rays.  The hats from Sun Protection Zone offer great protection from the sun that you can wear year round.

Tip 5 — Remember to Think About How Long You Are in the Sun

Regardless of what time of year it is, you should remember that you have to be careful with how long you are exposed to direct sunlight.  Being outside between the time of 10am and 4 pm is the most dangerous time for the sun.  This is when the rays are the harshest and when it can have the most damaging effects on your skin.  Make sure that you drink plenty of water when you are in the sun as well.  Even if it is the winter time and you do not feel thirsty, you can still get dehydrated by being in the sun too long.


Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion Review

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I was recently asked to give Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion.  The timing couldn’t have been better not only have we put up our pool, but we went on a mini vacation to the lake.  I took the Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion with us for the children and adults. I have always used and been a fan of Banana Boat sunscreen so I was very excited to try the Natural Reflection Sunscreen.  I was given 3 bottles of Natural Reflect sunscreen:

  • Natural Reflect for Baby
  • Natural Reflect for Kids
  • Natural Reflect for the big kids:)

There’s no doubt about it either, summer is here in full force.  I remember being my kids age and not wanting to put sunscreen on, trying anything I could think of to get out of it.  Now I am the mom that has to convince her children to put on sunscreen.  Oh the joys of parenthood.  You have to love those moments that take you back to that time you told yourself you would never do that to your children.  Yes right, I catch myself all the time, and have called my mom on several different occasions letting her know how sorry I am for that “one time”, lol!blog stuff simply shawnnjenn

We are a very outdoorsy family.  We have a pool in the backyard that someone is always in, tend to head out camping at least twice a month, take as many vacations as possible, and when we’re not having fun outside we’re working.  We have a huge backyard with lots of grass, flowers, etc.  Between the six of us someone is always outside, so there’s always a need for good sunscreen.

Most of you know by now that I have 4 children, they are all pretty healthy no problems, but son has cerebral palsy and with that comes the sensitive skin.  This kid will burn if he’s outside for 15 minutes.  He doesn’t get to have as much fun as everyone because of his condition.  I have to mention what an awesome family I have!  The 3 other kids are 13, 7, and 2.  I have never heard them complain or have anything to say if they cannot do something because their brother isn’t able.  Makes me proud that they are understanding and loving enough to take it for what it is and make the best out of it.  It’s hard as an adult to do that at times, my children are so amazing.

I really haven’t been able to find any sunscreen that doesn’t irritate his skin or truly keep him from being burned.  It’s always one or the other, it burns him regardless or pool fun simply shawn n jenndoesn’t protect him as promised.  We have been using Natural Reflect on him for the last few weeks and I love it.  Honestly the first sunscreen that does what it’s supposed to for him.  There’s no irritated red skin and it helps product him while he is outside.  A+ IN MY BOOK!  I always get so excited when I find products that work for my son.  Finding more products for him to use increases his opportunities in life.  This one is huge too, now he can get out in the pool with everyone.  He still cannot stay out as long as everyone else, but that’s due to his sensitive skin and his body just won’t allow it.

It made me so happy to finally see him in the pool with the other kids playing, even if it’s just 30 minutes.  That’s 30 minutes was enough for him and put a smile on his face all day.  Thank you Banana Boat, for making a sunscreen genital enough for his skin yet powerful enough to help prevent him from being burned.

Normally when you put sunscreen on you end up with a white film over the area you applied it to.  Not with Natural Reflect, there’s no while residue left when you are finished.  Now that’s something to be excited about.  My children don’t like sunscreen because of the while film that end up left on their body.

My kido’s are out in the pool fun the time they wake up until we kick them out.  We need a sunscreen that’s extremely water-resistant.  Natural Reflect by Banana Boat did the trick, lasted the entire 4 hours we were outside.  This wonderful formula offers sun protection using naturally sourced sunscreen active that reflect UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also been tested in seven different conditions:

    1. Sun
    2. Pool water
    3. Ocean water
    4. Win
    5. Sweat
    6. Sand
    7. 100% heat

sunscreen simply shawnn jenn reviewThis was done to ensure sun protections so Banana Boat users can still trust in Banana Boat and know we are protected while doing what we love.  The Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion is Paraben, PABA, oybenzone and oil free.  There’s no harsh chemicals because it’s 100% natural and recommended by the skin cancer foundation.

If you are looking for a sunscreen that works well on gentle skin but that is powerful enough to protect form the sun, I recommend Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion!  This wonderful product gets an A+ from Simply Shawn & Jenn!  Thanks Banana Boat for making a sunscreen that works for my whole family, especially my special needs son!  This summer he is in and out of the pool more than ever!

I was provided this product for free from Banana Boat for the purpose of review.  However, the above information is 100% my own opinion based on my own experiences. I only review and post products and information I feel my readers will find value in.