You’ve Mastered the Face Mask, Now Level Up to the UV Face Shield

Cloth face masks are a great way to protect yourself and your fellow humans from Covid-19, but with new research suggesting you might need more protection, it’s time to consider the UV face shield.

In addition to protection from coronavirus, a face shield with UV protection can shield your entire face from the harmful effects of the sun. And if you’ve been working on your K Beauty skincare routine while sheltering at home, you don’t want to ruin all your hard work.

Thankfully, Asian women are way ahead of the curve in terms of sun protection, and face shields were being perfected in Asia long before we Americans decided there were more important things in life than getting strange looks from people when we step into the sun.

You might be reluctant to walk outside looking like Darth Vader but weighing the upside might change your mind. This Wall Street Journal article looks at the many benefits of the face shield in protecting yourself from Covid and concludes that one of the only downsides is the somewhat jarring appearance.

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Going for a walk protected from the sun and viruses by my Sun Visor.

I was definitely reluctant to go out in public wearing an enormous ‘ajumma visor’, a classic joke among Korean Americans. But with the sun starting to get stronger and my virus fears escalating, I decided to test drive the face shield this spring. Now I rarely go outdoors without one and my UV face shield has a permanent home on a shelf next to my front door.

After testing a half dozen models, my favorite is the polarized Trikton Sun Visor Hat. Polarization increases color perception, reduces glare reflected by mirrors, shiny or polished materials, or any other kind of sun rays reflection. As a budget option, the Waycom Sun Visor is great and offers UPF 50+ protection.

Whether grocery shopping or playing pickleball, these face shield/visor provide excellent sun protection and comfortably slips on and off. If you find headbands uncomfortable, you might prefer the more conventional adjustable head strap.

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Playing pickleball wearing my UV face shield.

Both the Trikton and the Waycom face shields have a high quality feel and the visor portion clicks up and down so you can use it as a regular visor or a face shield. I’m constantly sliding the visor up and down especially when I’m playing sports outside.

Yes you will get strange looks from people, especially children, but don’t worry, they won’t know who you are.


UV Face Shield Recommendations

TOP PICK: TRIKTON Sun Visor Hat with HD Polarized Lens, Lens: TAC Polarized – Sweatband: 80% Bamboo Fiber 20% Polyester, $39.99


BUDGET PICK: WAYCOM Sun Cap, Sun Visor Hat – UV Protection Hat -Premium UPF 50+ Hat for Hiking, Golf, Tennis, Outdoors, $26.99


Sun Visor Hat Cap UV Protection – Premium Adjustable Solar Headband Face Shield, $27.99


Maylisacc Rollable Adjustable Sun-Visors for Women, Full Face Sun Protection Visor Topless Sun Hat for Summer Beach Outdoors Cycling, $16.95


WAYCOM Sun Cap, Sun Visor Hat – UV Protection Hat -Premium UPF 50+ Hat for Hiking, Golf, Tennis, Outdoors, $26.99


Women Summer Solar Protection Cap Visor Sun Hat Anti-UV Cap, $27.88


Maylisacc Rollable Sun-Visors with Adjustable Band, Full Face Sun Protection Visor Topless Sun Hat for Summer Beach Outdoors Cycling, $17.95


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One thought on “You’ve Mastered the Face Mask, Now Level Up to the UV Face Shield

  • July 6, 2021 at 5:48 pm
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    If you look at the reviews for the WAYCOM top pick, it doesn’t actually protect against UV rays. Customers have tested the UV protection and found it to be nonexistent. If I had to guess, I’d say the other WAYCOM product you recommend is similarly lacking in UV protection. You should make a better effort to research the products you recommend on this website.

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