10 Hydrating Hand Creams Every Gardener Should Have
Sunny skies and milder temps signal that spring has finally sprung, but your skin may suggest otherwise. It's easy to get hit with a double dose of dry skin this time of year. Winter pretty much sucked every ounce of moisture out, thanks to dry indoor heat and irresistible hot showers. Your hands take an extra beating since winter overlaps with cold and flu season—those germ-fighting antibacterial soaps and gels can dry your hands even more. We often end up rolling that dryness right into spring, with its milder forecast, which can make you feel like it's time to lighten up on the hydrators.
Not so fast. Our hands put in a ton of work, and though they may not get as itchy as other parts of our body—a tell-tale sign of dryness—you want to show them just as much love, particularly if you tend to garden without gloves.
Aside from washing constantly, consider the impact of irritating chemicals in your lawn and garden product that can exacerbate scaly skin. Factor in external stressors caused by the elements (sun, soil, and water), and it's easy to see why our extremities tend to become discolored, spotty, and rough after a few hours of weeding and planting. Before heading back outdoors, you'll want to make a few additions to your gardening kit, including a rich hand cream to help replenish and lock in moisture. Look for one that isn't too slick and slippery, as you'll still need to be able to hold onto your tools after application.
Here's a crop that will work for beginner and pro gardeners alike. Say goodbye to rough hands for good!
Natura Brasil Ucuuba Hand Cream
Nothing says max hydration quite like the moisturizing butters sourced from the Ucuuba Amazonian tree nut. It's rich in essential fatty acids that will help heal mild to super dry skin.
Natura Brasil Ucuuba Hand Cream, $19.50, naturabrasil.com
Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand & Cuticle Mask
When you need another level of moisturization, slip on these mitts and let the coconut and macadamia oils, shea butter, and rosehip oil infusion get to work. The gloves use insulation technology similar to space blankets, locking in your natural body heat to help the ingredients absorb in dry skin within 10 minutes.
Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand & Cuticle Mask, $10, patchology.com
Bastide Crème Intent Deep Repair Hand Cream
Tried-and-true shea butter and sunflower oil are at the base of this rich balm, and we like that you can use pretty much anywhere you need a blast of hydration. The ingredients are simple but effective. It's also not heavily scented, so it won't compete with your other products.
Bastide Crème Intent Deep Repair Hand Cream, $24, bastide.com
Lowengrip Get a Grip Hand Balm
Frequent hand washers will appreciate a cream that absorbs quickly and won't leave behind any sticky residue. Sweet almond oil and shea butter also help keep much needed moisture from escaping skin each time you wash.
Löwengrip "Get a Grip" Hand Balm, $13, lowengrip.com
Vervan Hand Cream
Four different oils (orange, bergamot, lime, and avocado) are the power mix that ensures this cream replenishes and locks moisture into dry hands. Slather it on at night or before diving into any daytime gardening work.
Vervan Tangerine Bergamot Hand Cream, $23 for 3, amazon.com
Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm
Aloe vera, coconut oil, green tea extract, and shea butter are whipped into a thick vanilla-scented cream that smells as sweet as your hands and cuticles will look.
Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm, $6, cakebeautyusa.com
Innisfree Nourishing Hand Butter with Canola Honey
Protein-rich honey works as a humectant to attract and draw moisture back into the skin. This formulation helps replenish lost squalene, a super moisturizer that our bodies naturally produce.
Innisfree Nourishing Hand Butter with Canola Honey, $9, us.innisfree.com
Epionce Restorative Hand Cream
Hands often show the very first signs of aging. Try a blend of raspberry seed oil, meadowfoam extract, date seed, and apple fruit oils, along with safflower extract, to help reboot collagen production and smooth out any lines that can make hands look older than they are.
Epionce Restorative Hand Cream, $19, epionce.com
Lancôme Absolue Hand
Between sun exposure (yes, hands feel it, too!) and frequent washes, this sun spot-reducing, SPF-infused, firming, and elasticity-boosting cream is an all-in-one skin treatment for hands that have been through the ringer. If you're looking for a solid hand lotion to use each day, this is it.
Lancôme Absolue Hand, $52, lancome-usa.com
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream
What the original cult-favorite does for your bum, this does for your hands. Cupuaçu butter helps heal cracked and dry skin while Açaí delivers a dose of antioxidants to protect against the elements. There's also coconut oil and Brazil nut to work on nails and cuticles that get brittle when dry.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, $15, soldejaneiro.com