For the green fingered of us out there, it's about the right time to get out in the garden. It's easy to get carried away with tending to our crops, whilst forgetting to also tend to our hands. Gardening can play havoc with our hands; all that wet soil can chafe and dry them out leaving them looking like they need a good watering!
Protect your hands using this most essential tool. Pick the right pair for the type of work you're doing. Thick and robust gloves are what you require if you're handling brambles, stinging nettles, or anything that's likely to cause damage to the surface of the skin.
Thinner, more supple gloves are a good idea if you're doing more delicate work that involves fiddly tasks like re-potting, planting, or even removing greenfly. Thicker gloves will only end up hindering you, and probably make you want to take them off.
Gardening takes its toll, and even if protected in gloves, hands still lose moisture through sweating and the vigorous activity can roughen up the surface of the skin. It's therefore important to moisturise after gardening to keep your hands soft, smooth and supple.
Hand cream hydrates the skin, helping it to retain moisture and repair the skin’s natural barrier against dryness. Try carrying a small travel hand cream around with you so you can top up your moisture levels wherever you are.
Having green fingers should remain a figure of speech! Make sure to always wash your hands thoroughly after gardening, including getting rid of all that soil from under the nails. Use a hand wash that nourishes your hands, preferably containing natural Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Essential Oils, No Artificial Colourings, Parabens or Sulphates.
Finally, whilst looking after your hands don't forget to actually do the gardening! Here's a quick guide for what needs doing over the next couple of months:
Article first published: 11/06/11