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How do you protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun?

The 3 best answers will receive ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a pair of Elle sunglasses each (worth $173 onwards).

Untitled-1Looking good outdoors in our tropical climate isn’t just about slapping on make-up and wearing tasteful apparel. Shades come into play and with Elle’s latest 2012 collection, women can feel empowered to dress up their eyes with these stylish numbers. Each product offers a fashionable edge, a touch of fun while embracing contemporary designs. Elle’s French sensuality is enhanced by the usage of colours and patterns – think tie-dye and stripes. Fascias are elegant while temples offer decorative detailing. Some shades offer a colour blocking style without ignoring its feminine DNA. Ezyhealth is giving away three shades to our lucky readers. The EL18946RE is a maroon number sporting sinuous, modern curves; the EL18954PU is a colour-blocking shade destined to make heads turn while the EL18957HV is a tortise-shell number sporting fancy gold detailing on the temple.

Top 3 Winners

I would start the day with a glass of eye-beneficial juice comprising of carrot, tomatoes, apples and flax seeds. Eye exercises are also part of my morning regime. Before heading outdoors, I make sure I apply a SPF sunblock moisturiser, especially for the eyes, as skin around the eyelids is thin and vulnerable to skin cancer. Of course, putting on a good pair of sunglasses is a must. To me, sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. I will not hesitate to purchase good quality sunglasses which block 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation and one that has anti-reflective coatings. As I am already 46, I also make it a point to have my eyes checked annually by an eye doctor and I have been receiving clean bill of health for the past few years! – Sia Geok Yen

To protect your eyes from harmful rays of the sun, always wear good quality sunglasses when you are outdoors. Sunglasses should block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation and screen out 75 to 90% of visible light. In addition, choose frames with a close-fitting wraparound style that provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above thereby protecting as much of the delicate skin around your eyes as possible. Sunglasses should be dark enough to reduce glare. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat on sunny days can also reduce your eyes’ exposure to UV rays by up to 50%. Stay in the shade near midday when the sun is strongest, and minimise sun exposure between 10am and 4pm, as during this period the risk of harmful rays of the sun is the greatest. – Lee Ching Ping Angeline

Some people think that as long as we are indoors, we are free from the harmful effects of the sunrays. That is very untrue! Normal glass blocks all of UVB but allows UVA to come through. As my working desk faces the window directly, I have UV window films fixed and on some afternoon when the rays are intense, I will draw the curtain and turn on the lights. Even when I drive or travelling in public transport, I put on good quality sunglasses. I also have the luxury of a good wife who gives me a homemade eye mask made from fresh natural ingredients to help hydrate my eyes after a day out in the harsh sun. – Tan Teck Hock Joshua

Write: The Editor Ezyhealth & Beauty 53A Science Park Drive The Faraday, Singapore Science Park I Singapore 118234 Email: Winning letters will be published in the following month. All letters to reach us by 20 August 2012. Please include your full name, IC number, contact number and address. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
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