One of the best things about summer is the ease of getting fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers. For many of us, that means a relaxing day at the farmers’ market. But for some people, one of the great joys of summer is getting outdoors and working in the garden. If you’re a gardener, whether you’re raising a crop of fruits, vegetables, herbs or beautiful summer flowers, there are some skin care tips and skin care products that can help keep your skin looking as fresh as lovely as your garden.
Of Course, Remember the Sun Block and Gardening Hat!
The most obvious skin care tip for days spent in the garden is to be sure to use sun block or sunscreen. Even though you think you’re just running outside to quickly water the garden, all the incidental sun exposure adds up over the course of the day. So no matter what your plans you need serious sun protection.. However, if you’re headed out for a full afternoon of weeding, hoeing and digging, then be sure to apply a powerful, waterproof sun protection skin care product. We all know how much damage the sun can do to our skin, causing wrinkles, age spots and sun spots and even skin damage. And don’t forget that wearing a hat will not only minimize your exposure to UV rays, it will also cause you to squint less meaning fewer create crow’s feet or other eye wrinkles. If you are not wearing gloves, don’t forget to protect the backs of your hands with sunscreen!
Related Product: Murad Waterproof Sun Block SPF 30
This long-lasting, high SPF waterproof formula protects skin with three active sunscreens. Pomegranate Extract enhances sun protection and prevents free radical damage.
“I have very fair skin, and burn easily. This product was the best investment I ever made to protect my skin against the sun! I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and Mexico, I used this sun block and my skin did not burn. I am convinced this is the best sun protection for my fair skin type.” shortblond, New Jersey
Use a Protective Eye Cream
Squinting goes with the territory when you’re out in the sun enjoying your garden. Even more of an issue than the squinting though, is failure to apply sun protection to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Most skin care products with sun protection are designed for use on your face and not recommended for use around your eyes. However, the skin around your eyes is thinner and more sensitive and can be more easily damaged by the sun than the rest of your face. Use an eye cream with SPF protection such as Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 | PA ++. You eye area will feel better today and when tomorrow comes, you’ll be glad you took steps to avoid eye area wrinkles, crows feet and dark spots!
Related Product: Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 | PA ++
Caffeine and Tiger’s Herb increase elasticity and firm skin, while light diffusers soften the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.
“I absolutely LOVE this product. I love that it has caffeine in it. Ever since I started using it I have not been told once that I look tired. And I am tired all the time! Chasing a one year old around does damage on your eyes. it makes my concealer go on alot smoother and brightens up my eyes so much! Do try it at least once so you can see what I’m talking about!!” Bubblepopnxd, Chicago, IL
Gently Cleanse After Gardening
While you’re in your garden, your face will be exposed to dirt, sweat and in some cases even the chemicals that you use to care for your garden. Be sure to gently cleanse your skin when you come indoors to remove any impurities and to keep pores from clogging. You may feel fresh and clean from having been outside with nature, but your skin needs to have the surface dirt and oil gently removed!
Related Product: Murad Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser
This dual-action foam cleanses and exfoliates with AHAs to leave skin clear, soft and smooth, while Energizing Pomegranate Complex™ infuses skin with a healthy glow.
“I LOVE this product!! It is so easy to use and I leaves my face feeling clean but not dry. It is the best makeup remover, even my eye makeup is all gone when I finish washing my face with this cleanser.” BabyFace32
Undo Environmental Damage
Finally, if you’re spending a great deal of your summer in the outdoor haven of your garden, use skin care products that will combat environmental damage to your skin and Environmental Aging. Murad Environmental Shield® skin care products were specifically formulated to help undo the free radical damage caused by every day exposure to UV rays, toxins, pollutants and other environmental factors.
Related Product: Murad Environmental Shield Introductory Kit
Combat the effects of environmental aging with Essential-C Cleanser to wash away impurities, Active Radiance Serum® to restore clarity and Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 to improve hydration, firmness and elasticity.
“My aunt lives in Florida, and the sun is harsh on her skin. I recommended this cleanser for her, and she tried it out right away. She was astonished by the results and her skin has never looked this great.” Laxbum21
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors this summer in the beauty of a garden! Just make wise decisions about the products that you use to protect and improve your skin when you do. For more information on skin care solutions for all skin types, visit the Murad Skin Care Treatment & Resource Center.