Garden Skin Care – Further Information
skin care is often overlooked. It is important that a gardener’s daily
routine should include tending to the needs of their own skin. Poor skin
health can severely limit the gardener in pursuing their tasks.
Skin irritation and rashes are common conditions that affect many a gardening hand. If left untreated, chapped, sore and split skin can result. This can be painful and can lead to a higher risk of infection. Especially when handling the many rough surfaces to be found in the garden.
Fortunately, by adopting simple precautions, the skin on a gardeners’ hands can be as supple and as radiant as a prize bloom.
If you suffer from dry, sore and brittle skin on your hands, especially across the back of the knuckles, you will want to know not only how to treat your current condition, but also how to avoid any recurrence in the future.
it is widely acknowledged that many plants have various medicinal properties,
it is sometimes forgotten that many plants also possess more malign
traits. The typical garden contains many hazardous items that can prompt
skin irritation and dermatitis.
The National Eczema Association is clear in its recommendations. Always take appropriate precautions before touching plants that have been identified as potential sources for causing an adverse skin reaction. Contact with any part of the offending plant, be it leaves, stem or roots, can induce anything from a mild skin irritation to a more serious inflammation. Remember, as always, prevention is better than cure.
Stinging nettles are a source of irritation that everyone is aware of. But few people realise that there is a large variety of other plants adorning our gardens that can be equally harmful on contact. Some of the more popular plants that are known to cause skin reactions include the hyacinth, marigold, poinsettia, strawberry, tomato, chive, onion, garlic, leek and wild parsnip. Trees are another source of contact irritation, the leylandii and juniper trees being amongst the chief culprits.
There are even certain dermatitis conditions that are linked to specific plants by name. An example of this is “tulip fingers”. This is a condition where the allergen tuliposideA, which is associated with the tulip, can cause split and cracked skin on the fingertips.
Plants are not the sole source of skin hazards in the garden, though. Common soil is a frequent cause of dermatitis. And, of course, even the most careful gardener cannot eliminate contact with soil.
Ammonia, a substance known to induce a skin reaction in many people, occurs naturally in garden soil.
In addition, many fertilizers and lawn treatment mixtures often contain ammonia concentrates. Indeed, such is their prevalent use, it almost impossible to avoid contact to some extent.
The greenhouse is yet another place brimming with possible allergens. Potting compost is usually soil free, typically containing peat moss, sand and composted bark. However, Perlite, an amorphous volcanic glass, is also frequently used to aid hydration. Vermiculite and ground limestone are other common inclusions. Whilst the compost components themselves are rarely a source of dermatitis, they do attract insects and bugs that can bite and induce skin rashes.
By employing sensible precautions, garden dermatitis problems can be minimized or alleviated altogether.
Wearing high grade gardening gloves can protect your hands and forearms. This is particularly important when working in a damp or wet garden. Lightweight surgical gloves are more suited for the delicate work in the potting shed. However, prolonged glove use can lead to skin friction and become uncomfortable – particularly when the conditions are hot and sweaty.
Regular washing is also of vital importance. Of course, any cut or graze offers bacteria an open door passed the skin’s front line defences. But, even without any break, it is expedient to remove any allergens from the skin as quickly as possible. Always use a mild, fragrant free soap or lotion.
Keeping your skin supple and healthy is another necessity. By regularly using a top quality moisturising and skin protection cream you will be aiding your body’s natural protective qualities. Again, avoid any product that contains perfume or other cosmetic ingredients.
Grease free, waterproof moisturising creams that allow your skin to breath are best suited to wear inside gloves.
Shield is clinically and laboratory tested to be non-toxic and grease
free. Derma shield not only allows your skin to perspire naturally, it is
also wash resistant and remains effective for up to 5 hours.
By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy regular working in the garden and healthy skin. Soon, your hands will be looking as good as your flowerbeds and lawns.
Keep your hands looking and feeling younger – season after season.
- Derma Shield contains pharmaceutical grade Aloe
Vera and Vitamin E which aids the skin’s natural regenerative process and helps
maintain supple, soft, smooth skin. In addition, its microscopic
protective layer forms an effective barrier against allergens, helping
alleviate the source of contact
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