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Sun, ultraviolet radiation, can start to burn unprotected skin within minutes. To help protect yourself before going into the garden, these tips are helpful:  When the UV level is three or above: 

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and a broad-brimmed hat.
  • Apply broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to unprotected skin 20 minutes before going outside and reapply regularly.
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses. Ultraviolet radiation may cause temporary blindness and an increased risk of cataracts.
  • Garden in the shade.
  • Avoid gardening during the hottest part of the day, which is about 11 am to 3 pm). Garden in the early morning or late afternoon. 

Source: Better Health