Top Tips To Avoid Gardener’s Hands
I’ve always loved the feeling of physical labor involved in gardening – to a degree. A few years ago I decided to dig up and remove a layer of grass along the side of the house, loosen the soil with a rake and throw some seeds in. This was a novice attempt at creating a flower garden. Perhaps I hoped my husband would come to the rescue with the tiller and help me out. My end result? Callused gardener’s hands, sore back muscles, and tired feet. As an esthetician, it’s important to protect my hands from cracks and fissures so I can provide my best facial services in the treatment room. Rough, dry and brittle skin is not pleasant during a facial!
Whether you’re giving yourself in-home facials or just want to keep your hands looking young and fresh, there are several reasons to protect this delicate skin. Gloves can make a big difference, but let’s face it, there’s still friction when handling garden tools and using repetitive motions!
Read on for my top reasons to protect the skin and then my tips to avoid gardener’s hands, keeping your hands soft, supple and healthy.
Why we must protect our hands!
- The skin is the first line of defense in the body.
- Not to be alarming, but the dirt could have fungus, bacteria or parasites that can easily enter tears in the skin.
- With age, wounds can become more difficult to heal.
- Calluses and cuts are neither pretty nor youthful!
Now for the good news!
- Gloves can go a long way in protecting the skin from cuts and minimizing calluses. Make sure they fit well to avoid friction. I like this particular pair because they breathe and protect at the same time.
- My absolute favorite remedy for callused gardener’s hands (and feet!) is a wonderful cream full of papaya enzymes and ingredients that indigenous cultures have used for centuries to heal their rough soles. This Sole Solution Foot Treatment exfoliates, soothes and smooths even the worst cracks and bumps within a few applications so you can be flip-flop and manicure-ready. Try it on your elbows and knees if you like!
- Boost the skin’s moisture barrier. Body butters rich in nutrients and conditioners help repair and protect the skin when used daily. This Baobab Body Butter is my all-time favorite and it serves as a bonus mosquito repellant! Feel like checking on the garden after your evening shower but not excited about bug spray or bug bites? This body butter has got you covered AND a tree is planted in Malawi, Africa when you buy a jar!
- Remove calluses and brighten the skin by doing a weekly hand treatment:
My gardening mishap provided a great teaching moment. I’ll cover my remedy for the sore back muscles next time, but until then, feel free to comment on your experiences with gardening calluses and any questions about keeping your skin healthy and youthful! Thanks for stopping by!
Susann Crowell is a licensed skin specialist who is passionate about helping individuals achieve younger looking, healthier skin not only through the proper use of quality skin care and treatments, but also through nutritional support and healthy eating, as well. Thanks to this “inside out” approach, Susann’s role as a skin care specialist has evolved into supporting health, longevity, and disease prevention.
Susann’s fond memories of childhood include gardening with her mom, especially pulling tiny carrots from the earth and rinsing them in the water spout to eat right away. Although she doesn’t claim to have inherited the green thumb, she loves gardening and aspires to help her three young girls create similar memories.