Wear the BEST Sunscreen Lotion While Gardening Outdoors

wear sunscreen lotion while gardening

Life is all about simple things, such as spending a sunny afternoon in the garden with an iced coffee in hand or spending quality time with your path of garden removing those stubborn weeds. That said, it is important to know how to protect yourself while enjoying the warm weather in the garden. With safety risks associated with pools and barbeques, as well as the possibility of getting sunburnt being a big concern, there are a few precautions you need to take.


Lying out in the sun for too long and without adequate protection can be dangerous. Too much sun exposure is a big risk for skin cancer, which is why wearing SPF is an important way to protect yourself while enjoying the warm weather in the garden. We need to spend some time in the sun to get vitamin D however, make sure to wear sunscreen lotion, and re-apply it regularly.

The rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen lotion half an hour before going outside and then reapplying it every two hours. This time frame applies regardless of whether you wear factor 50 or 15. There’s an urban myth that these numbers represent how long they last before you need to put on more, for example, factor 50 lasts 5 hours, but this isn’t true. These numbers are an indicator of how much UV rays they can block out. SPF 15 can block out 93% of UVB rays while SPF50 blocks out 98%. Most people opt for SPF30 which blocks out 97% of UVB rays.

If you sweat a lot, or in a pool, then you need to reapply sunscreen more often.

Tried and Tested: These sunscreen lotions proven to have no white residue which makes you look like wearing Halloween make-up during summer.

top recommended sunscreen lotion

NIVEA Sun Ultra Sport Cooling with SPF50+
This sunscreen lotion (with a cooling effect) gives a long-lasting and high-performance effect that could last up to 4-hours, plus it is water-resistant. It is non-greasy, absorbs to the skin in less than 2-seconds, and has a hint of menthol-scent. It is not sticky and very light to the skin. If you sweat a lot during summer, this product is right for you. I also like that spray-type bottle with lock-control, making this bottle safe to bring with you and around kids. Made in Australia.

Nature Republic Sunblock with California Aloe SPF50+
This sunblock lotion has a hint of aloe scent but not intimidating to wear. The mild creamy texture might find you intimidating however, this sunscreen lotion is good as a make-up base as well. It is non-sticky, non-greasy, and you can wear it all over your next and body. I wear this when I’m just going out for a city walk. Made in Korea.

Ombra Daily Defence Light Feel Sunscreen with SPF50+
Ombra is a well-known Australian sunscreen brand and this variant didn’t disappoint. Its sunscreen cream is very light that feels like a moisturizing lotion. You can use this as your face primer before your makeup, to your neck, and your whole body. Don’t forget to put sunscreen lotion on your hands too!
This sunscreen has enriched vitamin E and soothing aloe vera in a moisturizing base. Also promises to prevent premature skin aging. Made in Australia.

Biore UV Watery Essence SPF50+
Of all the sunscreen mentioned above, this one is my topmost favorite. This got the lightest solution compared to the rest above, so light that it absorbs the skin in a heartbeat. The watery base makes it feels good to wear especially on my face, even I’m sweating on the scorching heat. Though it is quite pricey compared to the rest, it is long-lasting and scentless and makes it perfect for those who are with sensitive skin. Can also wear as a make-up primer. 
Made in Japan. 

You may also check the other sunscreen lotion review here, and here.

wear sunscreen lotion while gardening


Sitting in the sun all day is a big factor in developing heat stroke. If you are feeling a bit too hot, sit in the shade or put up a parasol to block out the sun. You still need to wear sunscreen if you are sitting under an umbrella as some UV rays can penetrate through the fabric and bounce off surfaces.

Children, the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses, need to spend the most time in the shade. Make sure to keep an eye on vulnerable people for signs of heatstroke. Some of the symptoms of heatstroke are sweating, pale clammy skin, headaches, disorientation, and nausea.


Making sure to stay hydrated is one of the most practical ways to protect yourself while enjoying the warm weather in the garden. As we sweat more when it’s hot, we need to replace the fluids lost. While water is the best option, iced tea is just as hydrating and refreshing. In general, we should drink around two liters of water a day, but the more you sweat, the more fluids you need to replace, so if you find yourself thirstier than usual it’s okay to drink more water than usual. If you’re drinking alcoholic drinks, make sure to have a glass of water in between drinks as alcohol is a diuretic, and will dehydrate you even more.

You can leave an icebox next to your sun lounger, and you don’t even need to sit up to have a drink. You can choose a drink trolley that is both stylish and practical for any al-fresco occasion and includes a built-in drink cooler, or go with an integrated armrest drink cooler. 

wear sunscreen lotion while gardening


Your garden might be in full bloom in summer and require some maintenance work. It is important to wear thick appropriate gardening gloves, especially when using the likes of hedge clippers or sharp shovels. These will protect you from accidentally cutting yourself, but also from tetanus. 

wear sunscreen lotion while gardening


If you been lying out in the sun for a while and want to walk back into the house, you might notice that your feet get burnt from the hot concrete. If you’re in the garden barefoot to sunbathe, a good way to avoid burning your feet is to keep a pair of flip flops underneath your sun lounge or in the shade so you can put them on before getting up.

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  1. Thanks for this!! Summer is fast approaching here in the phillippines so we totally need these recommendations.

  2. Yay! Same tayo dun sa Nivea brand, well yun kasi yung isa talaga sa mga popular na brands dito sa Pilipinas. And I agree dahil super effective talaga siya

    1. There are some NIVEA sunscreen that I don't like (usually those first version) but this one receives thumbs-up from me.

  3. Indeed! we need sunscreen even when we just have to do some work in our gardens

  4. Summer is coming up and i have a beach trip plan so sun screen is a must! This blog is very informative!

    1. Yay, that is awesome! Where is your next destination?

  5. I used to underestimate sunblock, until I got older. Anyway, I was told that the highest SPF is 50, anything above that in the labels is marketing BS. I've been using another brand for sunblock.

    1. Only in the Philippines that I saw sunscreen lotion that has over SPF50!

  6. This is really what we nees this Summer Season, dapat always Alaga ang Skin .


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