Skin care and gardening are things that most people would not dream of mentioning in the same sentence. When it comes to spending time in the sun, a few leisurely hours tending to your garden is right up there. If you’re one of those who love to maintain their gardens, this could become an extremely important topic for you. As a full time or part time gardener, you need to be well versed with a few skin care tips to protect your skin while gardening. Sunshine might be great for your garden and for your plants, but it can definitely do some harm to your skin.
In most cases, skin cancer can directly be attributed to long periods of exposure to the sun. Moreover, it’s not just about skin cancer. Gardening can lead to premature wrinkling of your skin and make skin look older than its actual age. The general rule is to avoid gardening between 10 AM and 3 PM as the sun is known to be at its worst during that period. However, there are times when this is simply not possible as tending to your garden during the midday has its own benefits after all. So what do you do if you really need to tend to your garden during this period? Well, it’s simple. In order to ensure that you don’t lose your own beauty while beautifying your garden, you need to follow a few simple skin care tips for gardeners.
The first line of defense while gardening is to wear gloves. If the glove fabric makes them too clumsy and interrupts your work, try using those surgical or latex ones instead. If you’re wearing a fabric glove, sprinkle some talcum powder on your hands before you wear the glove. This should help them to absorb the moisture and make it easy for you to remove them. You can also consider slipping a pair of surgical or latex gloves underneath.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing can go a long way in protecting your skin. However, protective clothing isn’t just restricted to wearing those garden gloves. You need to wear proper shoes or rubber boots in order to ensure that you don’t get blisters. Make sure that these boots are waterproof if you work in your gardens while it’s wet outside. Don’t forget to wear a long sleeve shirt and full pants – you don’t want to get a sunburn. If your garden is in an area where the sun is especially strong consider investing in clothes which offer UV protection.
Wear a Hat
You really need to make sure that you wear a wide brimmed hat that helps you protect your face and your neck from direct sunlight. If there’s something that humans have learned about the UVA and UVB rays over the years, it is that you’re better off ensuring that you protect yourself from their harmful effects. Ignore this warning and you could end up with cracked, red colored or dry skin, accelerated wrinkling and potential skin cancer.
Scream for Sunscreen
You must apply a sunscreen lotion that offers you a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 on all uncovered parts of your skin. Don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen on a bi-hourly basis. You can even apply it earlier than usual, if it’s humid and you’re sweating.
Flip flops might seem to be an attractive option, but you must choose shoes instead. They might be a major pain while gardening, but they can definitely help you protect your feet from sunburn and dryness. What’s more, they also offer you the added protection from tools and equipment that you use for gardening.
Take Care of your Hands
Irrespective of whether you wear the gloves or not, gardening is dirty work and your hands are bound to get dirty. Even the richest of soils can hurt your skin in a big way. They might be great for your garden, but they’re not even close to being good for your hands. Make sure that you apply a therapy cream that helps to hydrate and heal your gardening hands after you’ve washed them. If you’re seriously into gardening, you’re going to need some serious hand therapy to negate the damage caused to your skin.
Organize Your Work
Try and organize your gardening work so that you can be under the shade when it becomes really hot. Don’t forget to keep a stack of after-sun products such as creams, bath soaks and facial masks. They can help you minimize your burns and rejuvenate your skin in no time at all. It also helps to look for moisturizers and other skin care products that include natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera or Green Tea.
Hydrate Your Body
Staying hydrated is extremely important. Constant exposure to the sun is likely to leave your body dehydrated. You need to compensate for the loss of water and essential nutrients by drinking lots and lots of water before, during and after gardening. Ultimately, water is the best skin care product available to mankind.
Once you complete your gardening and go indoors, washing your hands and face is not enough. You need to ensure that you go for a proper bath. However, wait at least 20 minutes before you go for a bath as this allows your body to absorb the Vitamin D that was generated because of exposure to the sun. It is important to use a gentle soap or a body wash for cleansing your body while showering. Using a harsh soap might remove a lot of oil from your skin, which leads to dry skin and gives you an ashy appearance. The scalp is an important part of your skin care regime as well. You need to use a gentle shampoo after gardening. You might have to lather twice if your hair is soiled badly, but in most cases, lathering once should be enough.
Following these simple tips can help you maintain and take care of your skin and ensure that it does not get damaged due to gardening. After all, what’s the point of beautifying your garden if it takes a toll on your own beauty.