The Shady Truth – Why You Need Sunglasses With UV Protection

Often we forget that the main job of our sunglasses is to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so when choosing a pair of summer sunnies safety often takes a backseat to style. However in the sun we need to protect not only our skin from harmful UV radiation but also our eyes-because they are pretty useful after all. So how do we do this? With UV400 protection of course.

Sunglasses are often described as having ‘100% UV protection’ or ‘full UV400 protection’, but what does this actually mean to us? Well, in a nutshell, it means that with a pair of UV400 protection sunglasses your eyes are protected from 100% of UV light rays with wavelengths of up to 400nm – hence the 400 part.

But let’s be more specific and get down to the technicalities of the sun’s rays. We all know the sun emits harmful UV light rays, but these rays can be split into three different categories – UVA, UVB and UVC. We don’t need to worry about UVC rays, as these are blocked before they reach the Earth’s atmosphere, however UVA and UVB rays pose a real danger.

UVA rays are the most common, with wavelengths of 320-400nm, and make up around 95% of the UV radiation that reaches the Earth’s surface. These rays are proven to be responsible for skin aging, wrinkling and just recently found to be a contributor to skin cancer. UVA rays are definitely not “safe”, but their effects are seen over a longer time period compared to the almost instant effects of the dangerous UVB rays. UVB rays are the primary cause of skin reddening and nasty sunburns, and yes if they are able to burn your skin then they are just as able to burn your eyes. UVB rays are far less frequent with wavelengths of 290-320nm, but they far more dangerous leading to cataracts and corneal sunburn.

However all this doom and gloom can be avoided simply by wearing a pair of sunglasses with UV400 protection, and you’re in luck because all our Breo sunglasses offer UV400 protection so you are able to keep the rays away in style knowing your eyes are fully protecting from anything the sun can throw at you.

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50 Shades Of Hair – Which Sunglasses Suit Your Hair Colour?

It’s not the most common question we ask ourselves when we buy sunglasses, will these sunglasses go with my hair? But matching sunglasses with hair colour can make or break anyone’s style – and it isn’t the easiest thing to do. That is until our 50 Shades of Hair guide, which will give you advice on what sunglasses will work … Continue reading

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Breo Hero Q&A : Robin Williams

Robin Williams is the Breo Hero du jour, read our chat with the SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) maestro below on his motivation, proudest achievements, heroes and tips for aspiring SUP-ers. How long have you been Stand Up Paddleboarding? Approx 6 years How did you get involved?

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Breo Launches Junior Eyewear Range

Exciting news here at Breo HQ as we launch a new range of Junior size sunglasses. Offering our most popular styles, Uptones, Uptone ICE and Two Tone Mirror, we’ve created a range of kids sunglasses that looks great and perform. As with our adult sizes, all our sunglasses offer 100% UC protection to protect eyes, toughened polycarbonate lenses and a sweat … Continue reading

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Breo Hero Q&A : Zak Lawton

Today we chat to Breo Hero Zak Lawton about his surfing life, his motivation, heroes and tips for aspiring surfers. How long have you been surfing? I started when I was 9, so 13 years ago now! I cannot even remember my life without surfing to be honest with you. How did you get involved? We moved to Croyde, Devon, … Continue reading

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Time After Time – A History Of Sunglasses

Sunglasses styles come and go, and in some cases come back around again! Today we look back in history with our sunglasses style timeline and be inspired by some of the most classic styles made popular by historical icons and today’s celebrities… Sunglasses were first spotted in the early 18th century but were only worn on rare occasions – by … Continue reading

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Breo Hero Q&A: Emily Ashwoods (WXC World Racing)

Answering our Breo Hero questions this week is Emily Ashwoods of the WXC World Racing mountain biking team. How long have you been mountain biking? I learnt to ride my bike when I was 3 years old and loved it, going out on rides with my family. Then my dad encouraged me to join my local cycling club when I … Continue reading

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Breo Hero Q&A: Luigi ‘Wiji’ Lacsamana

Today’s Breo Hero interview features the Philippines based designer & tattoo artist Luigi ‘Wiji ‘Lacsamana. Currently enjoying the joys of new motherhood, Wiji shares her tips for aspiring tattoo artists as well as her motivation and heroes. How long have you been drawing/designing/tattooing? I’ve been drawing as early as I can remember–that’s probably when I was two or three? I … Continue reading

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Breo’s Buy A Pair, Get A Spare Offer Begins

Given the range of styles, colours and frame shapes available in Breo’s sunglasses range we sympathise that it can be hard to choose just one pair of sunglasses. So, always looking for new ways to do the right thing, we’ve a new offer that’ll comfort the pickiest of shoppers. Put simply, purchase a pair of our sunglasses and we’ll give … Continue reading

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Callum Stewart singing at keyboard

Breo Hero Q&A: Callum Stewart

This week we caught up with Northern Ireland’s Callum Stewart, a super talented young singer/songwriter. We asked him about his his proudest achievement, what motivates him, who his hero is, his hopes for the future, and his tips for aspiring musicians. How long have you been making music? I’ve been singing since I was around 10 but I only discovered … Continue reading

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