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UV Index editors Maggie Cassidy and Amanda Newman and their promotional pins in West Lebanon, N.H., on May 2, 2018. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hey, it’s us! (And our snazzy pins.)

We been knew, but now science agrees!

In a story published on Tuesday on The Cut, Vanessa Brown, a senior lecturer of art and design at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., explains why people really do look hotter with shades on.

Brown found there’s three chief reasons why people look better when they wear sunglasses. Those reasons are, in a nutshell:
1. They make your face appear more symmetrical (symmetry has been found to be linked to attractiveness)
2. They make you seem more intriguing (because they obscure your eyes, often viewed as a window to the soul)
3. They make you seem more glamorous, dahling (we have Hollywood and movies to thank for this)

tl;dr: Sunglasses are cool and they make you look hot.

No official word yet on whether wearing pins shaped like sunglasses (like our UV INDEX pins!) makes you look better, but we’re pretty sure science is on our side in that case, too.

(Want a UV INDEX pin of your own? Take our Lucky 7 News Quiz for your chance to win one! There’s still time to play before the winners are announced on Friday.)