Help for my poor hands please!

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
After a weekend of intensive gardening my hands feel really sore and rough, like sandpaper.

I do try and keep my gardening gloves on, but end up pulling them off to do something fiddly and then forgetting to put them on again for a while. I am now suffering the consequences.

I put loads of Norwegian formula handcream on last night but my hands still feel rough and sore this morning. I think some kind of slightly abrasive soap or hand cleaner might help, followed by some intensive moisturising.

Any suggestions?
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  • floss2floss2 Forumite
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    Pour 1 tbsp of oil (regular olive, sunflower or rapeseed) into your hand, add 1 tbsp granulated sugar and rub all over your hands.

    Rinse in warm water and pat dry.

    Smother in intensive hand-cream & put on a pair of cotton gloves.

    It works well at night, as the smothering of cream has plenty of time to be absorbed and you don't need to try & do stuff wearing gloves!
  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
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    In future, try putting on a rich hand cream before you start gardening. I always end up working without gloves and the dirt seems to come easier and the skin stays better if pre-treated.
  • ItsgottabedoneItsgottabedone Forumite
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    floss2 wrote: »
    Pour 1 tbsp of oil (regular olive, sunflower or rapeseed) into your hand, add 1 tbsp granulated sugar and rub all over your hands.

    Rinse in warm water and pat dry.

    Smother in intensive hand-cream & put on a pair of cotton gloves.

    It works well at night, as the smothering of cream has plenty of time to be absorbed and you don't need to try & do stuff wearing gloves!

    Perfect MS alternative to the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Rescue scrub/cream duo I was going to suggest!
  • arbroath_lassarbroath_lass Forumite
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    Can I also recommend the Bodyshop Hemp products? I use these for gardening.

    You do get "gardeners' soap" or even Swarfega which is abrasive but tbh I think that might be too rough given the way you say your hands are. Could you try a facial scrub (much gentler)?

    If you have cotton gloves try slathering your hand cream all over and sleeping with the gloves on.
  • D-K-MD-K-M Forumite
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    Try putting a load of your hand cream on, putting some plastic or specialised gloves on before going to bed... I'm not joking either.. its a regular beauty treatment for some. IMO that Norwegian formula is the best I know of so its just how you apply it.
  • ljonskiljonski Forumite
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    wear disposable gloves underneath and for doing fiddly jobs!
    "if the state cannot find within itself a place for those who peacefully refuse to worship at its temples, then it’s the state that’s become extreme".Revd Dr Giles Fraser on Radio 4 2017
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    edited 29 April 2013 at 2:51PM
    floss2 wrote: »
    Pour 1 tbsp of oil (regular olive, sunflower or rapeseed) into your hand, add 1 tbsp granulated sugar and rub all over your hands.

    Rinse in warm water and pat dry.

    Smother in intensive hand-cream & put on a pair of cotton gloves.

    It works well at night, as the smothering of cream has plenty of time to be absorbed and you don't need to try & do stuff wearing gloves!

    I love this idea, particularly as it is using natural ingredients and is so MSE! I don't have any cotton goves, but will look out for some - I'm guessing Boots will do them.

    I going to try the scrub followed by the handcream (minus the gloves) before bed tonight, then try it with the gloves when I get some. I imagine pulling them off in my sleep though as they would make me feel hot!

    Putting handcream on before gardening is also a good idea, so will try that too. I don't think wearing disposable goves under my gardening gloves would work for me as they would get sweaty and might make the soreness even worse.

    I really must take better care of my hands!
  • BJVBJV Forumite
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    Body shop hemp hand cream. It lasts for ever and i think it has won a million awards. Why not go into the shop and try it first?

    P.s there are always loads of discounts and offers so don't pay full price.
    Happiness, Health and Wealth in that order please!:A
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    Can I also recommend the Bodyshop Hemp products? I use these for gardening.

    You do get "gardeners' soap" or even Swarfega which is abrasive but tbh I think that might be too rough given the way you say your hands are. Could you try a facial scrub (much gentler)?

    If you have cotton gloves try slathering your hand cream all over and sleeping with the gloves on.

    Big vote from me for Body Shop Hemp - I lent my tub to dad when he was gardening, never got returned!! xx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • Lush Dream Cream is my personal fav, expensive but it lasts for ages and really does rescue my poor hands!
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