The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and according to our gardening expert P. Allen Smith, it’s the perfect time to remember why it's so important to wear sunscreen. Here’s his report.
The beginning of summer means many things to us. Vacations lots of fresh produce from our gardens and maybe even frequent trips to the farmers market. hopefully it is a time to enjoy a slower paste for obvious reasons we all spend more hours in the sun this time of year both this could be dangerous to our health if we do not protect ourselves. You see over one million new cases of skin cancer are reported each year and that number is expected to rise as the protective ozone layer continues to thin. Given this statistics, it is important to get in to the habit of applying sunscreen each day as part of our daily routine. It is recommended that SPF of at least 15 be use but I use a higher number than that. Sunscreens are most effective when liberally applied before you exposed your skin to UVA light so you should apply at least 15 minutes before you go outside and of course the more you are exposed to the sun the more Important it is to either add more sunscreen periodically through the day or use a higher SPF. Protective clothing is also very important hats and long sleeves can go along way in keeping your skin from being damage. It is also a good idea to do your gardening early and late in the day. I use sunscreen everyday because I spend so much time out doors and I know that protection is important I hope you will do the same this summer and throughout the year from the garden Allen Smith. If you would like more information on this topic or any other gardening, topic jus check out my website PAllenSmith.com.