Hand and Sun Protection in the Garden

By Caroline Bloomfield | June 17, 2019
Image by Dig It Apparel
by Caroline Bloomfield
June 17, 2019

Do you avoid gardening because it wreaks havoc on your skin and nails?

All gardeners know that gloves are an essential part of getting work done outside. But the standard gardening glove will not protect a manicure at all. If you’re an avid gardener, you know the fingertips of most gloves often allow dirt and grime into our nails when we’re doing a lot of vigorous hands-on work outside – which most of us do. How many manicures have you ruined in the garden? How can you be both a well-groomed woman and still garden to your heart’s content?

And speaking of protection, when you’re spending hours outside in the beautiful sunshine, how do you know when your sunscreen is petering out? As dedicated gardeners, let’s take a look at two self-care issues for happy gardening.

Our Nails and Hands

It’s lovely to work in the soil, and it’s even been proven that it makes us feel good. But all that touchy-feely work in garden soil draws the natural moisture from our fingertips and simply trashes our fingernails. Natural nails can become frail and thin. Dirt and sap can work their way into the nails, often causing a permanent stain. And if you’re a person who keeps your fingernails perfectly manicured, gardening can become a very expensive hobby.

The happy-lifestyle folks at Dig It Apparel, however, have designed a pair of durable, breathable garden gloves that not only protect your skin, but provide a cushion of safety for your fingernails. Built into the fingertips of Dig It® Garden Utility Gloves is an industrial-design, patented Pillow Top Protector™ that preserves your perfect manicure while you’re out there toiling in the soil – giving you the freedom to dig deep.

A favorite of dedicated gardeners, these comfy gloves protect your hands from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Not just scaled down men’s utility gloves, they’re great for everyone in the family. These amazing gloves are available in two styles and four colors, and can be purchased at major home centers or online. We all need to be aware of the potentially damaging effects of too much sun exposure.

Our Skin

The people at Dig It® have also been busy thinking up new ways to keep our weekend-warriors’ skin safe and beautiful. Here’s something you may not have considered: When you’re out in the sun for hours, your sunscreen will eventually give out. Unless you have divine guidance, you don’t really know when it’s time to reapply it, right?

Dig It® has created a breakthrough UVA/UVB Sensor Dot that changes color when you need more sunscreen. Dig It In The Sun™ UVA/UVB Sensor Dots let you know when your sunscreen’s effectiveness is diminishing so you’ll be protected from nasty sunburn, giving you the freedom to enjoy the sun. It’s your sunscreen’s new BFF! Pretty brilliant.

The dots mimic the skin. Made in the U.S, they’re hypoallergenic, paraben free and approved by dermatologists and pediatricians. You won’t even know you’re wearing it until it turns purple to alert you that it’s time to slather on more sunscreen. Available in packs of 8, 20 and 30, these innovative sensor dots can be found online or at select retailers.

We are such multi-faceted beings. We can work in the garden like the burliest farmer, and go to a lovely dinner groomed to the max. Don’t forget as you work the earth that you can be both these people. Protect your nails and skin with these groundbreaking products from Dig It Apparel – check out their Where to Buy section of the website for locations of retailers near you.

The above article was sponsored by Dig It Apparel. The information contained in this article may contain ads or advertorial opinions.
This article was last updated on
Read more about Garden Trends
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

Browse Dozens of Our FREE Gardening Guides Today

Whether your dream garden is a houseplant sanctuary, a bountiful vegetable garden, a pollinator paradise, a bright and bold flower bed, or a backyard oasis – Gardening Know How has the perfect gardening guide just for you.

Click the button below to access more than 3 dozen of our completely free and completely comprehensive guides to growing your dream garden.

Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!