Green Gardening: Don't Forget the Organic Sunscreen!

Green Gardening: Don't Forget the Organic Sunscreen!

Stephanie Kinnear
May 22, 2009

We spent some serious time volunteering in a local garden earlier this month — pulling weeds from 9am to 1pm. By the time we were done, our muscles were aching and we were feeling that first bit of skin-tightness that precedes full on sunburn.

We'd gotten sunscreen everywhere, but we'd neglected our lower backs. All that bending over ... our shirts hadn't fully protected us.

As gardening season hits full swing and temperatures rise, it's a good idea to invest in some high-quality, organic sunscreen. We've been using up the last of an old bottle of Coppertone on our arms and legs, and transitioning to a new bottle of Vivesana Solar to Polar Ultra (40 SPF) for our faces. It's an interesting product: very thick, reminiscent of the BullFrog we remember slathering our noses with when we were kids. But thicker. And it's not cheap — one 2.25 oz bottle will set you back $29 — but take our word for it, a little goes a very very long way.

It's synthetic-free, with no phthalates, no parabens and no BPA. Put it all over your face before you head out to tend to the tomatoes, and you'll feel super protected

Image: Vivesana

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