Dr. Schiavone’s Gardening Must-Haves

By McLean & Potomac Dermatology | Skin Tips 2024

Hello, garden lovers and sun seekers! Dr. Schiavone is here to share her essential must-haves for a safe and stylish time in the garden. Whether she’s nurturing her beloved plants or splashing around in the pool with her family, Dr. Schiavone is always equipped with her top picks. Here are her recommendations that keep her protected and happy under the sun. So, grab your gardening gloves, and let’s dive into the essentials every gardener and sun enthusiast needs!

1. Sun Hat

First on Dr. Schiavone’s list is a large sun hat. Not only does she look like a garden goddess wearing it, but it’s also her trusty shield against relentless UV rays. As a dermatologist, she can’t stress enough the importance of protecting your face, neck, and ears from sun damage. Prolonged exposure can lead to premature aging, sunburn, and even increase the risk of skin cancer. So, a wide-brimmed hat is a must-have.

Derm Tip: For the best protection, opt for a hat with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+. This means the fabric blocks 98% of UV rays, giving your skin extra protection. Click to shop Dr. Schiavone’s favorite!

2. Gardening Shoes

Next up, slogger gardening shoes are Dr. Schiavone’s go-to for any outdoor activity. These shoes are not only incredibly comfortable, but they also keep her feet dry and protected from mud, water, and pesky insects. With their durable design, she can walk around her garden all day without worry.

Fun Tip: Sloggers come in various adorable designs—why not match your shoes to your garden theme?

3. Mineral Sunscreen

Oh, sunscreen, every derms faithful friend! When she’s out in the sun, she never forgets to slather on a good mineral sunscreen. It’s crucial to opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Mineral sunscreens are especially great as they sit on top of your skin and reflect the sun’s rays, providing excellent protection. Dr. Schiavone’s favorite mineral sunscreen is the Age-Defying Sunscreen from SkinKure because it has an SPF of 50+!

Fun Tip: Create a fun ritual with your kids before heading out. Dr. Schiavone’s favorite way to apply sunscreen on her little ones is with a makeup brush!

4. Gloves

Gardening gloves are another essential for Dr. Schiavone. They protect her hands from thorns, rough textures, and potential irritants that can cause cuts, blisters, or allergic reactions. As a dermatologist, she knows how important it is to keep her hands safe from soil-borne bacteria and chemicals found in fertilizers and pesticides.

4. Bug Spray

Last but not least, OFF bug spray is Dr. Schiavone’s armor against those annoying bugs. Nothing ruins a peaceful gardening session like itchy bug bites. Applying a good insect repellent keeps mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests at bay, so you can enjoy your time outdoors without the constant swatting and scratching.

Bonus Tips for a Blissful Outdoor Experience

Now that you know Dr. Schiavone’s essentials, here are a few extra tips to make your outdoor adventures even more delightful:

  • Stay Hydrated: Keep a big bottle of water nearby. Gardening can be surprisingly intense, and staying hydrated is key to keeping your energy up.
  • Take Breaks: Don’t forget to take breaks in the shade. Your skin and body will thank you.
  • Get Creative: Use this time to bond with your family. Create fun gardening projects, like a fairy garden or a vegetable race to see whose plant grows fastest.

Gardening and spending time outdoors are some of life’s greatest pleasures. With the right gear and a few precautions, you can enjoy every sunny moment while keeping your skin safe and healthy. So, grab your sun hat, slather on that sunscreen, slip into your sloggers, and let’s get gardening!

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