How You Can Stay Sun Safe In The Garden

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If you’re outdoors gardening and the sun is out, you need to know the dangers of the sun to your skin. Skin cancer is more common than ever before and just one sunburn as a kid can cause some serious damage and put you at a higher risk for skin cancer. These tips can help you to stay sun safe in the garden and hopefully avoid skin cancer.


Start with a good sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. Slather this on like it’s going out of style. You want to put a barrier between your delicate skin, and the sun.

Even if you don’t think that the sun can reach your skin, put sunscreen on. It only takes a small burn to do serious damage.

Wear A Hat

Always wear a hat. If you look around you at workers out in the fields, most of them are wearing a hat. That’s because most of the migrant workers and field workers know the dangers of the sun.

Grab a floppy hat, and put it on. You may feel weird at first, however, given time, you’re going to appreciate the hat and the fact that you aren’t getting sunburned on the top of your head.

Gardening Gloves

Always wear gardening gloves. We know you’re not scared of the worms in the garden, but, you don’t want to sunburn your hands. Wear your gloves.

If you take your gloves off to wash your hands, make sure that you put more sunscreen on prior to putting your gloves back on. Be sure that you get your wrist area where your gloves and shirt may not meet.

Long Sleeves

Always throw on a long sleeved shirt to help protect your arms. There are many great fabrics that will help to wick away the heat and sweat and they will protect you from sunburn.

There are also some specialty fabrics that can help protect you from the sun. These are a bit pricey, but it’s well worth the protection that they offer you from the suns harsh rays. Consider a few of these shirts to help protect your delicate skin from the sun.

Long Pants

Yes, you also need long pants. The suns harsh rays can also burn your legs, even if you’re kneeling in the garden a lot.

Protect your delicate skin from the harsh sun and wear some lightweight khakis or something so that you’re not burning your legs.

Reapply Sunscreen

If you’re out in the sun longer than 2 hours, be sure that you reapply your sunscreen. Sunscreen begins to dissipate as soon as you apply it and within 2 hours you need to reapply to ensure that your delicate skin is protected.

Choose the strongest SPF you can afford and make sure to get your nose, ears, the back of your neck and other areas that are exposed to the sun.

Using these tips will go far in helping you to protect your skin from the suns harsh rays. Don’t feel silly, if everyone else is out in the sun burning, you’re going to be the smart one in the end.