The Best Hand Salve for Nurses in 2020

The Best Hand Salve for Nurses in 2020

If you’re a nurse reading this: thank you. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, care, and true compassion, not just during this pandemic, but always. 

Nurses are some of the unsung heroes that make the most difference in the world today, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With all of their endless efforts to help those in need and ensure that hospitals and doctors have what they require to function, their hands take a serious beating.

Nurses’ hands are subjected to extreme heat from being scrubbed every day to ensure that germs aren’t transmitted to their patients or to other healthcare providers. Furthermore, nurses are almost always required to wear gloves. While this is great for patient safety, it’s terrible for your hands.

Because of these factors and more, nurses often go home at the end of the day with dry, sweaty, cracked, or raw hands that feel terrible, only to have to repeat the process the next time they have a shift. They need something that works for them to protect, soothe, and moisturize their hands so they can continue protecting others.

Luckily, Green Goo has a product that can do this. Let’s dig deeper!

The Hands of a Nurse Are Always Working

If you’re a nurse, you likely spend every waking moment using your hands to save lives. If you're not a nurse, then one of the things you may not know is that nurses and other medical professionals have to keep washing their hands and sanitizing them throughout the day. The washing never ends, with hand-washing occurring about 30 to 50 times a day for most days, and being as frequent as 100 times  a day depending on how many patients are seen and the length of your shift.

Washing your hands too frequently can work away at the outermost layer of your skin cells, and gets rid of natural oils that your hands need to remain healthy, moisturized, and smooth. If you wash your hands too much or don’t apply the right salve or lotion to protect them, you could end up with dry, cracked hands that look a lot older than they really are and that feel terribly uncomfortable.

This can be exacerbated if you wear gloves all the time and end up sweating frequently. 

How You Can Protect Your Hands

Crafted with only natural ingredients, Green Goo’s Hand Goo can provide lasting relief and protection for dry, cracked, and raw hands, helping to restore skin and get hands healed and ready for the next round of being a healthcare hero. This hand salve is your ticket to healthy, protected hands that can withstand all of the washing and scraping throughout your shift.

The Benefits of All-Natural Hand Goo

Green Goo’s Hand Goo provides benefits that were formulated for hard-working hands in mind:

  • For starters, it can thoroughly moisturize the skin on your hands. This is crucial for working nurses and anyone who has to wash their hands frequently since soap and hot water have a tendency to dry out your hands and make the skin more likely to crack. Moisturized hands look and feel healthier. and without those cracks, your skin won't be as sore at the end of the day. 
  • Furthermore, the St. John’s Wort in Hand Goo can provide much needed pain relief, making it a great salve for hands that are sore and rubbed a bit raw. The soothing elements are provided by some of the oils included in the formula’s composition. Rub some of the salve onto your hands and you should feel the aches and rawness start to ebb away in a few minutes. Then you can either go home and relax or jump back into your shift with renewed energy.
  • The Hand Goo can also help protect your hands from future damage. Regular use means your skin gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay hydrated, healthy, and strong. Make it a consistent routine every time you go to work and you’ll find that your hands withstand the daily stresses and wear and tear you put them through more durably.

All of these benefits are provided thanks to a quality selection of natural ingredients. Some of the top-tier natural ingredients you can find in Hand Goo include:

  • Calendula oil
  • Plantation leaf extract
  • Myrrh resin
  • Sage leaf
  • Yarrow extract
  • Olive fruit oil
  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Vitamin E

And there are even more ingredients than the ones listed above. The key thing is that everything is totally natural – you don’t have to worry about rubbing any synthetic or overly drying ingredients into your hands and making things worse. 

Even better, all of these ingredients will smell great and leave your hands feeling smooth and looking their best!

Want to go out on a date after your shift? Now you can without having wrinkled or raw hands. Plus, using Green Goo’s Hand Goo means they won’t feel slippery from using a chemical lotion.

All these benefits show that Hand Goo is the perfect choice for nurses who use their hands every day and put them through the wringer in more ways than one.

Why Do Ingredients Matter?

Ingredients actually matter a lot more than you might think. The quality of ingredients directly relates to the overall quality of what they create, and natural ingredients almost always provide more holistic benefits than their synthetic counterparts.

Dyes, fragrances, alcohol, parabens, phthalates--all these extras you’ll commonly find in other products just simply aren’t needed, and they just can’t compare to the many holistic benefits that plant based ingredients have to offer, which is why you’ll never find them in Green Goo.

We only use high quality, plant-based ingredients, specifically chosen to nourish, protect, and soothe your hands. 

But natural ingredients are far superior, especially since you won’t need to worry about harsh side effects like weakening the skin barrier from rubbing the salve into your skin over and over. You’re also less likely to have serious allergic reactions as a result of synthetics that science has proven to be somewhat harmful to most people who use them. Parabens, for example, is one of the most commonly used synthetic additives, and it’s been linked to disrupted hormone function that can increase the risk of cancer and cause reproductive issues. Phthalates, another common additive, is used to soften PVC, but can wreak havoc on your internal organs with repeated exposure. 

It’s still a good idea to try out the Hand Goo in small amounts if you haven’t used it before. Everyone's skin is unique and there are a few flower oils that might create an allergic reaction in a small portion of people. If you're worried about a reaction, dab a bit onto your wrist and leave it for a minute or two to make sure there’s not negative reaction before regular use. 

Can You Use Hand Goo with Hand Sanitizer?

Absolutely! In fact, Green Goo also has a top-tier hand sanitizer every nurse should try out. The hand sanitizer is both FDA and WHO-compliant, and it can kill up to 99% of germs almost instantaneously. It comes in a travel-sized container that’s ideal for sticking into your pocket, purse, or car storage compartment. 

Even better, the hand sanitizer isn’t made with a dozen complex sounding ingredients that aren't even very effective at the end of the day. The only active ingredient is ethyl alcohol, while inactive ingredients include a type of propanol, carbomer, and good old H2O.

Our hand sanitizer is easy to use, absorbs and evaporates quickly.

As you might expect, we've bundled our Hand Goo and Hand Sanitizer together. It's a great way to save a little money and get the products you need every day. In addition to that handy duo, there's a pack with three hand sanitizers, as well as The All Hands Wellness Bundle, that comes with a pain relieving stick and our plant-based castile hand soap! We also have sanitizer in a variety of scents and sizes, should you need more than we have in those bundles!

Does Hand Goo Sanitize?

No. While it is designed to help protect, nourish, moisturize, and provide pain relief for your hands after a long day of work, it doesn’t have disinfecting properties.

However, you can use Hand Goo throughout the day for added relief after you do use a sanitizer. Be aware that washing your hands may remove excess salve that hasn’t been absorbed/


Ultimately, virtually every nurse and medical professional can make use of Hand Goo, both because it’s made with natural, plant-based ingredients, and because of the direct benefits it provides as soon as it's absorbed. Few other natural salves can provide the same level of defense, moisturization, and soothing relief as Hand Goo!

Thank you nurses! Thank you to doctors, too, and to the techs and support staff that make our healthcare facilities run. Thank you for your dedication, your perseverance, and your patience. Your jobs were never easy, so we can't even imagine how this year must be. We hope our salves and sanitizers continue to help each of you as you make the impossible, possible, every single day. We continue to be proud to be able to help in whatever ways we can. Thank you - a thousand times, thank you!

Green Goo also donates a portion of the sales for all hand sanitizer products to both national and international charitable organizations every month throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few of the things we’ve done so far if you want to check them out!

We’re dedicated to more than just making sustainable, plant-based products--we’re dedicated to making a difference, too. To learn more, check out (and support) the different organizations we work with by clicking here!


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