The best botanical creams & washes for gardeners’ hands

10/05/2021 — By Hannah Mepham

The best botanical creams & washes for gardeners’ hands

Has tending to your garden left your hands feeling dry, rough or sore? We reveal our best gardening hand creams and washes to keep hard-working hands soft and clean.

Our natural hand care products are packed with organic plant oils and extracts to deliver pure, planet-friendly nourishment to your skin. Read on to find out which ones deserve a place amongst your garden hand tools!  

 

A natural hand care routine for gardeners

In the UK we love to spend springtime sprucing up the garden so that, come summer, we can enjoy BBQs and garden parties.

If you plan to spend time cultivating your veg beds or tending your borders this summer, or your profession requires you to work with plants, we have some great tips for using gardeners’ hand care products to keep your hands as pristine as your garden.

You can help to protect your hands whilst gardening by keeping a selection of hand care products in your gardener’s kit, shed or potting shed.

AS YOU GARDEN

  • An SPF gardeners’ hand cream
  • A non-drying hand freshening foam or gardeners’ hand sanitiser

AFTER GARDENING

  • A non-drying gardeners’ hand soap
  • A hydrating gardeners’ hand cream

It is also a good idea to invest in a good pair of gardening gloves to protect hands from thorny plants, dirt, bacteria and skin-damaging sunlight.

 

The best instant cleanser for gardening hands

Whether you are at the allotment or down at the bottom of the garden, it can be handy to have a quick way of freshening up your hands in-between jobs.

THE BEST GARDENERS HAND CLEANSER: DEEP-CLEANSING HAND FOAM  

Our foaming hand cleanser makes it easy to freshen your hand in-between jobs when you’re working in the garden.

Freshly scented with light notes of Lemon Tea Tree, this herby-fresh hand foam is rich in naturally antibacterial Tea Tree and Manuka and features a unique pump which delivers swirls of non-sticky, refreshing hand foam at the push of a pump to cleanse and refresh gardeners’ hands.

gardeners hand wash

Thanks to plenty of moisture-retaining Aloe Vera and an alcohol-free formulation, this SLS-free hand refresher won’t dry or sting gardener’s cracked skin. Better still, it can be used without water to save you from a trip to the sink.

Deep-Cleansing Hand Foam 100ml

Deep-Cleansing Hand Foam 100ml

Natural, ethyl alcohol-free hand wash & on-the-go hand cleansing foam

£12.00



RATED 5 STARS:

“Just what I’ve been looking for! A portable hand wash. Full of goodness and no irritants. Great foam action and it lasts ages” Margaret D

“After day after day of drying soap, this is such a good alternative. And its useful out and about to combat germs as well!” Anna P

 

The best SPF hand cream for gardeners

SPF30 GARDENERS HAND CREAM: EDELWEISS & GREEN TREE SPF30 HAND GUARD

Featuring high-factor UV filters and moisture-retaining actives, this one-step summer skin care product hydrates, protects the hands against sun damage and is a great gardeners’ hand cream for those prone to dry hands.

A hard-working SPF hand cream enriched with 84% organic ingredients and SPF30, this soothing hand cream is ideal for gardeners that wash their hands more often and replenishes skin that’s left dry, rough and chapped after frequent washing.

Made with moisture-locking Beeswax and soothing, hydrating Aloe Vera, this trusted tube of gardeners’ hand cream also contains a high concentration of antioxidants which help to defend skin against sun damage such as age spots.

Edelweiss & Green Tea Hand Guard SPF30 50ml

Edelweiss & Green Tea Hand Guard SPF30 50ml

Scent-free hand cream with SPF30 protection

£17.50

Whilst working in the soil can be hard on your hands, it can also be very rewarding and a 2020 RHS survey revealed that seven in ten people credited their outdoor space for helping them through lockdown[i].

 

The best hand soap for gardeners

Our best hand wash for gardeners with dry hands is soap-free and made without skin-drying ingredients such as SLS and ethyl alcohol.

A great hand wash ingredient for gardeners with dry hands is Glycerine. Usually listed high on the ingredients list, Glycerine is a humectant -  this means that it binds moisture into the skin to soften and protect the skin’s moisture barrier.

gardeners hand wash


Known to help transport nutrients deeper into the skin Glycerine is a key active in our SLS-free Everyday Hand Wash – a deep-cleaning, soap-free hand wash that we’d recommend for gardeners that find frequent hand washing leaves their hands feeling dry and tight.

Scent Free Everyday Hand Wash 300ml

Scent Free Everyday Hand Wash 300ml

A fragrance-free, organic Aloe Vera hand wash for everyday use

£10.00

 

The best hand cream for dry gardening hands

To restore comfort and softness, replenish hands after gardening with an intensely hydrating gardeners’ hand cream.

Ultra-gentle on sensitive skin, our Everyday Hand Cream is pH balanced and naturally abundant in Omega-3&6 fatty acids – an essential active for healthy, balanced gardening hands.

Scent Free Everyday Hand Cream 300ml

Scent Free Everyday Hand Cream 300ml

A natural, fragrance-free hand cream for everyday use

£15.00

Everyday Hand Care Set

Everyday Hand Care Set

Scent-free, ultra-gentle hand wash and cream for regular use

£20.00

 

The best gardening hand balm

If you prefer to apply a balm instead of a hand cream, One Balm is the barrier balm we’d recommend for gardeners. A multi-purpose balm than can be applied sore skin anywhere, it contains replenishing, Omega-rich plant actives which restore softness and comfort to dry, cracked gardeners’ hands.

The perfect size for a gardening caddy or keeping in your pocket, One Balm also comes in a unique pot that is 100% biodegradable. Once it is finished, simply dispose of it with your household waste and it will naturally biodegrade leaving no microplastic residue behind.

ONE Balm 30ml

ONE Balm 30ml

Multi-tasking skin saviour in a 100% biodegradable pot  

£20.00

 

Do you need help finding the best natural hand care products for you? Our UK customer care team is happy to help with gardening hands queries and can be contacted on 01403 740 350.

 

 
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[i] https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/health-and-wellbeing/articles/Lockdown-lowdown

 

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