Fashion sense for the SunSmart
The Look SunSmart Program raises awareness on how to properly dress (or look) to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer by protecting our eyes and other parts of our bodies from the sun through clothing, hats and protective eyewear.
It’s easy to follow these few simple rules:
Always wear sunglasses
Sunglasses should be worn all-year long – not just in the summer.
When selecting sunglasses, look for ones that have:
- Broad Spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection
- Preferably wraparound frames to block light from the sides
The same melanin producing cells in the skin appear in the eye so unprotected UV rays exposure to the eye can cause melanoma of the eye or ocular melanoma. Doctors recommend wearing sunglasses all year round to protect your eyes and the surrounding skin areas.
Put on a hat
Hats are very important especially for those with thinning hair. The wider the brim the better but any hat with a bill to shield the sun rays from your face is good.
Don SunSmart Clothing
UPF50+ (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing is preferable but in any case wearing long sleeves and long pants is a good alternative. Darker colors protect you better than lighter ones. Obviously, the tighter the weave of the fabric the better protection as well.
Interested in learning more about our Look SunSmart program?
We work with eye care professionals, clothing manufacturers and retailers to provide information and support so that we can work as a team to educate consumers about the importance of skin protection.
Help others understand the importance of eye and skin protection through sunglasses and protective clothing. Join the Live SunSmart Foundation as an advocate for our Look SunSmart program and receive free tools you can use to help educate others on the merits of living sunsmart.