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Protecting yourself from the Sun

Wear water-resistant sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. A little bit of sunlight is healthy for you, but too much can increase your risk of skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, and make sure that it’s waterproof so it doesn’t come off as easily when you sweat. Rub the sunscreen onto any skin that’s still exposed and work it in until it’s clear. The sunscreen will help block UV rays that cause sunburn so you can work outdoors for an extended period of time.

  • Don’t forget areas that are commonly missed, such as your face, ears, and the back of your neck.

Cover as much skin as you can with long-sleeved shirts and pants. Wear light colors and thin fabrics, such as cotton, rayon, or linen, while you’re gardening so you don’t overheat while you’re working out in the sun. If it’s still too warm to wear long sleeves or pants, then it’s okay to wear T-shirts and shorts as long as you’re careful around plants and put on sunscreen.

  • Long sleeves and pants also help protect you from skin irritants in plants as well as insects.

Put on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for additional sun protection. While sunscreen can protect your face from sunburn, try putting on a hat that has a wide brim so your face is out of direct sunlight. Large pairs of sunglasses can also help block out harmful rays and make it easier to see while you’re outside.

  • You can buy gardening hats online or from any outdoors store.

Keep yourself well-hydrated. While you’re in the garden, always have a bottle of water on hand and take regular sips as you work. This will help you stay cool and hydrated if it’s hot out, and will also help keep your skin well-hydrated as you lose water from exertion and sweating.

  • Most doctors recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you’re working up a sweat, you may need more. A good rule of thumb is to drink whenever you start to feel thirsty.

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