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Gardening Season: 5 Skincare Tips for Gardeners

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and tend to your garden, but all that time in the sun can take a toll on your skin. Don't let sunburn, dryness, and other skin issues keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. With these 5 essential skincare tips for gardeners, you can keep your skin healthy and glowing all season long.

Sun Protection: Sunscreen for Different Skin Types

The first step to protecting your skin from the sun is to wear a 30 SPF or higher sunscreen. But, did you know that sunscreen varies according to skin type? Here are some recommended products to keep your skin safe:

1. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen

Oil-free, lightweight, and suitable for all skin types, this facial sunscreen provides UVA and UVB protection.

2. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen

A mineral-based sunscreen that is suitable for sensitive skin and provides broad-spectrum protection.

3. EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen

A moisturizing facial sunscreen that is perfect for moderate to dry skin types.

4. Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

A tinted mineral sunscreen that provides hydration, protects against environmental stressors, and improves skin tone. Ideal for individuals who perspire heavily, this sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and suitable for all skin types.

Winner of SHAPE "Best Tinted Moisturizer 2021" Beauty Award.

5. ZO Skin Health: Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

A lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen that provides high-level protection and is suitable for all skin types.

6. Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

A non-comedogenic sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection while also hydrating the skin. Optimal for all skin types including oily or acne-prone skin.

Here are some tips:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside since it needs time to absorb into your skin to prevent it from being easily wiped off.
  • Reapply every two hours or after swimming/sweating since sunscreen effectiveness decreases over time.
  • Skin damage can occur after just 20 minutes of sun exposure.

Clothing: Cover Up and Stay Cool

Wearing protective clothing can also help protect your skin from the sun and other elements.

Here are some tips:

  • Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Look for clothing with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50+
  • Opt for light-colored clothing to reflect the sun's rays
  • Wear a gardening hat to protect your face and neck since they are commonly missed areas
  • Opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen to stay cool while working in the garden.

Bug Protection: Insect Repellent

In addition to the sun, gardeners also need to protect themselves from bugs.

Here are some tips:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants to reduce exposed skin
  • Use insect repellent with DEET or other recommended active ingredients
  • Avoid using scented lotions or perfumes, which can attract bugs
  • Remove any standing water in your garden to reduce mosquito breeding grounds

Protect Your Hands and Feet: Gloves and Footwear

Gardening can be tough on your hands and feet, so it's important to protect them as well.

Here are some tips:

  • Wear elbow length gloves to protect your hands from blisters and cuts
  • Use a hydrating hand cream after gardening to prevent dryness
  • Avoid walking barefoot in the garden to reduce the risk of cuts and scrapes
  • Consider wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with good arch support

Post-Sun Recovery: Aloe Vera Gel

Even with the best protection, sometimes skin can still get sunburned.

Here are some tips for post-sun recovery:

  • Apply aloe vera gel to soothe sunburned skin
  • Take a cool bath or shower to help cool down the skin
  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your skin from the inside out
  • Avoid further sun exposure until your skin has fully healed


In conclusion, gardening is an excellent way to stay active and connected to nature, but it's essential to take care of your skin while doing so. By following these five essential skincare tips, you can keep your skin healthy, glowing, and protected all season long. So get out there, have fun in the garden, and take care of your skin while you're at it!

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