Protecting Your Skin and Hair from Gardening Hazards

Sunscreen and insect spray can go a long way toward protecting your hair and skin when you are doing garden work. Constantly slapping at mosquitoes and other insects, and scratching your scalp and skin, can damage your skin and hair quickly. It also increases the amount of time you are working and lowers the quality of your results, since you are more focused on getting out of the garden alive than concentrating on what you are doing. So grab the sunblock and the insect repellent before you hit the garden.

All Natural Insect Sprays

Burt’s Bees makes an all-natural insect spray that is environmentally friendly and is safe if you accidentally get some on your lips or tongue. Formulated from Rosemary, citronella oil, lemon grass and other essential oils, this refreshing herbal scent creates a natural force field between you and any biting or stinging insects and bugs. All Terrain Herbal Armor DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent is another excellent and environmentally friendly insect repellent choice. Because it is sweat and water resistant means not having to reapply on those long, hot days in the garden or backyard.

Wide Brimmed Hats Do Double Duty in the Garden

A quality wide-brimmed hat protects both your skin and your hair. Extended exposure to the sun can make your hair brittle and weak. You know what the sun can do to your skin, causing painful sunburn in the short term and unattractive age spots as well as dangerous skin cancer down the road.

The Sloggers 4471GY Classic Cotton Hat with Wind Lanyard is rated UPF 50+. Adjustable from medium to large, this attractive, budget-friendly skin and hair protector looks great during all outdoor activities. The lanyard helps prevent the hat from blowing away by looping under the chin.

Women may prefer the Sloggers 442DB01 Women’s Wide Brim Braided Sun Hat with Wind Lanyard model, also rated at UPF 50+ for maximum sun protection.

Plenty of Water, Exercise, Lots of Sleep and Good Nutrition

Probably the best way to keep your skin and hair impervious to the dangers of yard work is to use your body’s natural “superpowers” to do the job. When you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and whole foods, drink lots of water and get lots of rest, your body’s immune system makes your skin and hair naturally healthy and strong.

This means you are less susceptible to the dangers of gardening. Regular exercise is important as well, as is cutting back or avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco altogether. Vitamin A and C supplements, aloe, Rosemary, Sage and tea tree oil are all great, natural ways to improve the strength and health of your skin and hair.