Gardening skin care tips from the gardening dermatologist! Yes, this time of year, when I'm not working in the office, I'm in my garden. From flowers to fruit and veggies, I'm in gardener nirvana in the summer.
I am a Northern California Gardening Doctor!
My family and I eat a bounty of garden produce. My house is filled with garden bouquets and my idea of bliss is:
- watching dew-covered plants awaken as the morning fog gives way to sun
- coming home from a day at the office, picking perfectly ripe tomatoes or plums still warm from the afternoon sun, and eating them right on the spot!
Here's are some pictures of what's up in my Coastal Northern California Wine Country summer garden right now.
Oh yeah, my summer garden is buzzing and bountiful - and beautiful!
Here is a picture of my garden in spring. See how we added the supports to the tomato structure in the distance compared with the image above??
I love the change from the sweet greens of spring to the vibrant colors of summer. Both are amazing and I'm in there here weekend long, and as much as possible before and after work. Being a dermatologist, all this gardening has given me ample opportunity to master the challenge of functional sun protection and gardener's hand care.
See what I've learned to keep my skin healthy while I spend hours in the California sun with my hands in the soil. Click here to read my hand care post titled
Follow my sun-protection tips to protect your skin as the hours quickly pass as you busily tending your garden.
Dermatologist's 5 Sun-Protection Tips for (Us) Gardeners:
Get what I use to protect my skin in my SunSavvy Active Protection Kit
Gardener Skin Care Tip #1:
Wear a broad brimmed hat.
Gardener Skin Care Tip #2:
Cover as much skin as possible with sun-protective clothing. I wear Coolibar long sleeve tee and pants. Trust me, it's cooler than the sun beating down on your skin.
Gardener Skin Care Tip #3
Keep the garden gloves on as much as possible to protect the backs of your hands, but use a tenacious water-resistant sunscreen like my Sheer Strength Pure Physical Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30+. It comes in my SunSavvy Kit. Reapply it during the day on the backs of your hands because you know you're going to take those gloves off for some gardening tasks.
Gardener Skin Care Tip #4
Apply a really good sunscreen on your face and neck even though you are wearing a hat. I use Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray SPF 50+ because I love the way it looks and feels - even with garden dirt stuck on my skin. Reapply it every several hours or at least at lunch. It comes in my SunSavvy Kit! Don't forget your lips - I've included the best lip sunscreen in the kit too!
Gardener Skin Care Tip #5
As much as possible, try to plan your gardening tasks to follow the shade as the sun moves. Think your safe in the shade? Get out the Detecto Ring and check that hypothesis!!