Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to Keep Gardening Hands Clean and Soft

Gardening is good for your soul. But it is not so great on your hands. Gardeners love to get their hands dirty. Just about nothing beats digging your hands into new soil ready to grow whatever your heart desires. You don't need to settle for ugly gardener's hands. Here are some tips for making sure you can enjoy your garden and have beautiful and soft hands.


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      The sun can be harsh on your hands. Make sure you always use a mild, soap-free cleanser for your hands.
      -Before you head out to the garden, gentle rub your fingernails back and forth over a bar of soap. This will block any dirt from lodging itself under your fingernails and allow for easy clean up.
      - If gardening has left your hands with dirt that is hard to remove, use a gentle exfoliator that includes aloe.
      - Garlic or mulch creating not so pleasant smelling gardener's hands? Use a cleanser with cucumber extract.
      - Slather hand cream on your hands constantly. Before heading out to the garden, put some hand cream on your hands before putting on your gardening gloves. Of course, wearing gloves can help prevent damage to your hands when gardening.

      If you have damage to your cuticles, you can try this. Warm cuticle lotion in the microwave in a small dish. Make sure you do not make it hot, you simply want to warm it. Hold your cuticles in the dish for 5-10 minutes and then rub in. Do not rinse off. You can also try applying vaseline to your hands and cuticles, putting on soft gloves and leaving on over night.

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