Many people today do not realize the true dangers of staying in the sun for too long. To some people, working outdoors is essential. It could be for the plain reason that they just love the outdoors or their daily living means working under the scorching heat of the sun. Gardeners are like that. They work outdoors, tending on your gardens and keeping the plants healthy.
If you are one of these gardeners who spend most of you time underneath the heat, do not take your sunburns in vain. Those burns may seem trivial but it is not. Staying out too long in outside can have huge consequences to your health. In that case, you need to watch your back and take appropriate skin protection from sunburn.
Sunburn and Skin Cancer
Most people have suffered bad sunburn at least once in their lives. At first, sunburns are just hot, pink skin blotches. Later on it swells accompanied by burning pain and blisters. When the burn leaves, peeling appears. When your skin peels, it thickens in order to protect itself from even further sun damage.
If your skin continuously exposed to sun, repairing the damage is impossible. Though the damage is not visible, underneath there could be skin cells mutating. These cells could add up to skin cancer, one of the health problems that gardeners working unprotected under the sun suffer. Severe sunburn includes in the biggest risk factors of gardeners getting melanoma skin cancer.
Prevention is the Key – Protect Your Skin from Sunburn
Do not let yourself end up with severe sunburn and skin cancer. The key is protection from sun damage. Have proper skin protection from the sun as damage to the skin will have serious effects in the future. On that note, here are some tips for sun damage protection:
- Plan Your Work
The first tip is to plan your work. By planning, ensure your inside activities happen from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. This way, you can avoid being outside just when sunlight is at its most intense. Also, remember that even in overcast day it is still possible to get sunburn.
- When Working Outside, Take Cover
During outside activities, make sure to always cover your skin. Use gloves and hat, with neck and ear protection. Wear long sleeves and pants to cover your arms and legs from direct sunlight. So that you do not feel too hot while working, only wear light cotton shirts. These shirts reflect heat and make it cooler for you to work outdoors.
- Use SPF 15-50 Sunscreen
For skin that you cannot cover with clothing, make sure to apply SPF sunscreen. Use SPF on 15 to 50 ranges, as these are the most effective in preventing sunburn. If not sunscreen, you can use sunblock. A sunblock maybe capable of blocking against ultraviolet rays as well. When choosing the sunblock to use, look for one with titanium oxide, especially if you are sun sensitive.
Proper sun protection is important especially now that the sun’s rays are getting hotter and harsher than before. Without the shade of trees, most gardeners end up working underneath direct sunlight. With that, you need to ensure you are safe from sunburn and possible skin problems by taking proper protection.