4 Tips to Protect Your Skin Out by the Garden

How to Protect Your Skin While Gardening
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While we all love to garden, it can actually take a toll on our hands. Well, that’s if you don’t protect them properly. Here at Gracious Gardening, we’ve compiled a list of tips to protect your skin and help keep your hands in top notch condition even when you’re constantly out by the yard.

1. Wear protective clothing

When dealing with thorns and sharp plants, it’s common for us to develop blisters, calluses, cuts and other types of scrapes on our hands and arms. That’s why you should wear items that cover these areas. Dress in comfortable, waterproof shoes or even rubber boots. These will prevent your feet from blistering in wet weather. When the sun is strong, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Not only will this protect your skin from high UV rays, but windburn and various chemicals as well. Hats are another great option to avoid direct exposure to the sun.

2. Use sunscreen to avoid direct contact with the sun

Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. We recommend picking up one that has moisturizer included in it so that your skin stays soft at all times. The sunscreen should be reapplied to your skin every hour, or as needed. This is especially the case in the hot summer months because you tend to sweat and wear off the sunscreen faster than usual.

3. Protect your skin from mosquitoes and other bugs

Typically, mosquitoes and other kinds of pests are attracted to dark colors, like black and navy blue, so wear light clothing. Spray insect repellent on any area of your body that isn’t directly covered by your clothing, like your arms or legs.  Remember, though, to check the manufacturer’s instructions first before applying the spray to the body.

4. Apply moisturizer to your lips

When out in the sun and wind, you need to protect your lips. Purchase a lip balm that contains either SPF or some type of guard against UV rays.