Fashion Weekly Talks | Tracey Cruickshank

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Most people don't realise the importance of wearing good quality sunglasses in order to protect their eyes and vision. I think Project SPF's message is really important and I'm excited to get involved on behalf of Bespecd.

Why do you think sun safety is so important for young women?

It's so much easier to prevent sun damage than it is to repair it.

Have you always been conscious of protecting your skin from sun damage?

I grew up in a small coastal town so my childhood revolved heavily around the beach and outdoors. I learnt about sun safety at an early age and used sunscreen, hats and sunglasses when I was younger. Unfortunately I still spent a lot of time in my teens lying on the beach trying to get 'the perfect tan'. Only after travelling and living abroad did I realise that a tan isn't necessary to be considered 'beautiful' and that in many cultures tanned skin is perceived as just the opposite!

What would you tell your younger self about sun safety?

In 15 years' time you will regret the days you spent sun baking on the beach, and you'll be trying to reverse the damage!

What is your secret to maintaining healthy skin?

Incorporating sunscreen into my daily beauty routine is my secret and it is so easy to do!

What is your number one style secret?

A pair of killer shades of course!

Why is protecting our eyes so important?

Wearing good quality eyewear now will help prevent loss of vision in later life. By simply wearing sunglasses with good UV protection every time we step outside, not only can we look good, but we can minimise the risk to our eyes.

What should we be looking for when choosing the perfect shades?

While sunglasses are great for posing up a storm, they also protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. The good news is you don't have to pay a fortune. I recommend wearing sunglasses that meet or exceed Australian Standard Category 3. Sunglasses within this category offer high sun protection and good UV blocking ability. Look for the category label when you are making your purchase – it must be strictly displayed.

Polarised lenses are also a good choice as they block 100 per cent of UV light and have the added benefit of reducing glare. Larger frames and wrap-around styles also offer better protection.

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