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While we should all be thoroughly washing our hands for at least 20 seconds to prevent the spread of germs, we also know that frequent handwashing and sanitizing can leave hands dry and cracked. And ignoring the problem? Just makes it worse.
But luckily, the signs of dehydration and damage can easily be reversed with a good hand cream. We’ve rounded up 9 of the best handcreams shoppers swear by to replenish moisture.
What is it?: A cult-favourite and best-selling hand cream that is said to be sold every two seconds around the world. Formulated with 20 per cent organic shea butter, this ultra-creamy balm instantly penetrates the skin to quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands.
Customer Review: “Hands down the best moisturizer ever created. It leaves my hands so soft and smooth, and even lasts after washing my hands once or twice. I can’t live without this hand cream especially during winter, or during a crazy dry season.”
Is it for you?: While this hand cream is known to melt beautifully in your hands, some may find it fairly oily and thick upon the first few seconds of application due to its blend of honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil. With that said, those ingredients are the key to what this formula extremely effective. Perfect for dry and chapped hands.
SHOP IT: L’Occitaine, $35
What is it?: Developed with the help of dermatologists, this cream clinically is proven to treat eczema and dry, cracked skin on hands.
Customer Review: “This is the only hand cream I've ever found that stops my eczema immediately. It's so rich but soaks in fast enough that it isn't super greasy. I also use it as a spot treatment on eczema patches that pop up on my body.”
Is it for you?: Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, this rich cream temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritations and itching due to eczema, rash and dermatitis, while sweet almond oil helps nourish dry skin and relieve itching. It also helps protect the moisture barrier of the skin to prevent dryness and hydration loss.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $24
What is it?: The Body Shop’s best-selling Hemp Hand Protector helps soften and protect hands. It is dermatologically tested for very dry skin and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil.
Customer Review: “I have been using this hemp line since I was a teenager (20 years ago)!
Not only is this line from the Body Shop great, the smell is not overpowering, it hydrates my hands without being oily (which is needed during winter) and the cost of Body Shop products are very affordable.”
Is it for you?: If you’re in the market for a hardworking hand cream that simply gets the job done without the need for strong fragrances, this formula is the one for you! Not only is it enriched with hemp seed oil, an ingredient known to contain fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6, but it is also made 100 per cent vegetarian.
SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $10
What is it?: The newest formula from Burt’s Bees, this hand cream with Shea Butter provides all-day moisture as it calms your senses and leaves an aromatic fragrance of lavender and honey.
Customer Review: “Love lavender it’s a calming scent, therefore, I like to put it on before bed so I can smell it. I also just love lavender scent! It’s thick and creamy but at the same time it soaks into the skin quickly, a little goes a long way so do not need to use loads at one time or it may take some time due to the thickness. I will definitely be purchasing more!”
Is it for you?: For those looking for a gentle hand cream, this one is made with shea butter, baobab oil and pumpkin seed oil to replenish hands with a healthy and smoother touch. Plus, it’s super affordable!
SHOP IT: Amazon, $7
What is it?: Infused with natural, world-class lanolin, this intense hand cream, with rose oil, leaves a silky veil on the skin for continual moisture. It transforms very dry hands and nails, leaving them super soft and truly hydrated.
Customer Review: “I have very dry hands, and I never found a hand cream that works like this one. Even though this is a very thick moisturizer a little bit goes a long way and I would only need to re-apply twice to three (every three to five hours) times a day depending what I was doing.”
Is it for you?: This formula has been dermatologically tested. It is baby-friendly and contains no artificial colours or fragrances, petrolatum, PEGs or mineral oil. While it is ultra-luxe and made clean, if you’re allergic to lanolin, this hand cream isn’t for you.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $20
What is it?: A moisturizing, brightening and protective, luxurious hand cream with an innovative design. Formulated to absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a sticky residue, the cream leaves the skin 40 per cent more protected and 45 per cent more hydrated. With regular use, nails are strength is also said to improve by 70 per cent.
Customer Review: “Phenomenal hand cream. Great fragrance, so healing.”
Is it for you?: Perfectly designed for ageing hands, the regenerating and brightening Iris Pallida extracts protects the skin barrier and helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots, while hydrating and softening may rose wax leaves a moisturizing, protective veil on skin for lasting benefits. But of course, you can keep this in your purse for an instant, luxe boost of hydration.
SHOP IT: Chanel, $70
What is it?: A hand treatment that comforts and conditions skin on contact.
Customer Review: “It’s light and absorbs quickly, making it perfect to use on the go, or in the office. The fragrance is refreshing and not at all overpowering and a little goes a long way. I use it on my feet too before going to bed. Definitely recommending this.”
Is it for you?: It's formulated with provitamin B5, almond extract and fatty acids that deliver intense hydration to skin, cuticles and nails — specially designed for dry, lacklustre hands. The fast-absorbing treatment dries down in seconds, leaving nothing but soft hands behind.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $33
What is it?: A delightfully nourishing natural hand lotion, with hydrating shea butter, aloe and a refreshing fragrance for beautifully soft, smooth skin.
Customer Review: “I love this hand cream, it is non-greasy and leaves my hands so soft....perfect size for my purse.”
Is it for you?: Retailing at just $3, this hand lotion is perfect keeping in every pocket or purse, so you never have to worry about dry hands on-the-go. While it is affordable, it does the job by nourishing hands with essentials antioxidants, hydrating aloe, cocoa butter and oat extracts.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $3
What is it?: This dermatology-approved hand cream is designed to lock in moisture for long-lasting hydration, providing immediate relief of your very dry, rough hands.
Customer Review: “I have chronically dry hands and have tried every hand cream out there at every price point. I can't stand the greasy after-feel that most hand creams leave so it's really difficult for me to find one that works for me. This is the best hand cream you can buy. It's light but still moisturizing and contains sodium lactate, so it exfoliates dead skin away. Put it on before bed and your hands will be transformed by the time you wake up”
Is it for you?: This formula is made to relieve the tightness, itchiness and scaliness of extremely dry and dehydrated hands. Ceramide-3 strengthens the skin's barrier to lock in moisture, while Urea and Gluco-Glycerol improve your skin's moisture reserve to help prevent dryness from occurring.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $9