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Best handcream / treatment for gardeners' dry and cracked hands...

Your suggestions would be appreciated! Love gardening, don't love the rough and cracked hands...


  • FireFire Posts: 18,138
    Shea butter
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,183
    My wife swears by hemp handcream from The Body Shop.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057

    Janie B, thanks for asking this question I was going to ask as well. My hands are so sore and cracked after a long weekend in the garden.
  • This stuff is great for dry hands! 
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    edited April 2019
    Wear gloves?
    Also mix  granulated sugar and cooking oil it's a good exfoliant for the rough bits. Wash it off and apply your cream of choice.
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    K67, I have been sawing wood, pruning, digging, racking and moving slabs and laying the back down over Easter. I've been wearing leather gloves and using coco butter my hands are sore and splitting. I'll try you exfoliate and nikirachael8891 suggestion on the hand cream.
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    If it’s that bad, I wonder if the cream for cracked heels might be worth a try @Dee73 .. think there are a few brands out there, maybe use a night treatment?
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,167
    The Hemp one is good, but I don’t care for the scent. 
    I have a beeswax, honey and essential oil cream at the moment (bought at a stall at RHS Cardiff) - it is wonderful. 
    Agree with the exfoliation idea. You can buy sugar and oil scrubs, which are good too. Try that, plenty of thick cream and using white cotton gloves to let it soak in for an hour or so. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,824
    I recommend this.  Cheap as chips, not greasy, no perfume

  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    Thanks ladies for your suggestions. Just back from body shop with  Hemp hand cream, spoke to lady there she also suggested the sugar and oil rub before applying the cream. So after tea I'll start to use it for now I've put Vaseline on while I'm in the garden. If this doesn't work after a month I try your other recommendations. This thread was Janie B sorry Janie but hope you have seen the good advice everyone has kindly given.
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