Hand Care Tips For Gardeners
Keeping your hands soft and healthy looking
It is so great to connect with nature working on the great outdoors transforming and bringing change to our surroundings whether it is beautifying by adding a flower garden, a lily pond, container gardening, growing fruits, herbs or vegetables one thing for sure and that is gardening can be such a rewarding experience as we reap a harvest of our labour.
Gardening also offers the opportunity of getting that much-needed exercise both mentally and physically and is a great hobby as we strengthen that bond with family and friends who also takes delight in this hobby which has proven to work wonders.
Working with your hands
One challenge that many gardeners face however and that is protecting their hands from weeks, months and years of working in their gardens. Our hands go through a lot as we dig, shovel, hoe, plant and do all of that other good stuff as we take on those garden projects.
My personal experience
This has been my personal experience over the years of having to deal with hands which have had broken nails, cracked and dry skin, calluses, cuts, embedded dirt under my fingernails, bruised and sore hands. These experiences can be very difficult which presents working in the garden that much more difficult.
What about garden gloves? I am so happy that you asked that question. No doubt garden gloves were met for the purpose of protecting our hands when gardening but from my experience wearing garden gloves can feel somewhat awkward at times and don’t give that feeling of manoeuvrability making those garden projects somewhat of a challenge.
Don’t get me wrong, if garden gloves work for you that’s fine but for those of you that want more freedom like me without the use of garden gloves you will find this post most helpful.
We should do all that we can to keep our hand’s healthy looking at all times. So the good news is we can work in our gardens without wearing gloves and still maintain healthy looking hands.
Hand care tips for gardeners
Below are 12 tips to implement on a regular basis that has proven to give good results as you seek to keep your hands healthy looking.
1. Always keep your nails nicely trimmed so dirt won’t get under your fingernails but if you prefer to keep your nails without getting damage or getting them dirty then garden gloves may be the best way to go. But make sure whichever garden gloves that are purchased fit comfortably.
2. When cleaning your hands after a day of working in your garden it is good to clean your hands with soap and warm water.
3. Though your nails may be short there may be some dirt lurking somewhere under there so using a toothbrush or nail brush will help in removing the remaining dirt.
Applying nail hardener is a great way to protect and keep your nails from breaking.
5. What about trying a natural non-drying exfoliate scrub product that is easy and gentle on your skin.
6. Use a fingernail file to keep your fingers nicely groomed.
7. Applying skin creams to protect the skin from damage.
8. Using thick lotion has also proven to give good results.
9. Consider getting a manicure several times a year.
10. As you garden every now and again wash your hands so that the dirt won’t harden on your hands.
11. Applying therapeutic ointment at nighttime to protect the skin offers good help.
12. Using garden tools to make contact with the soil instead of your hands when necessary.
Dieting also plays a big part in having and maintaining healthy skin. Some of these foods include Sunflower seeds, avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, walnuts, broccoli, yellow or red bell peppers, olive oil, kale, green tea, oatmeal, water, kiwi etc…
The final word
Working on the great outdoors was met to be enjoyed as we beautify our surroundings or provide food both for ourselves and family. Gardening can be very rewarding but in order, to enjoy this hobby we must protect our hands and our skin.
By following this guide which I have laid out will ensure that you enjoy those garden projects as you connect with nature in the great outdoors.