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Taking Care of Your Hands

Gardening is a very satisfying hobby in many ways, but it can be hard on your hands. Here are a few ways to take care of them.

Wearing gloves is a good idea any time you're working in the garden. Garden gloves will protect your hands from thorns and potentially irritating plants. They'll also keep your hands from drying out and keep your fingernails clean.

If you don't wear gloves, remember to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays, and never use your fingernails as tools.

For after-garden hand care, a good scrubbing soap or degreaser will remove soil and grime. Apply a quality lotion to keep your hands moisturized, and use Vitamin E or aloe to help heal minor scrapes.

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