Winter can be rough on hands, drying them out so they look cracked and feel tight and itchy. Add to that the extra hand washing we’re doing these days to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and the need for a good, soothing hand cream has never been more real.
These 8 creams get raves from consumers and are staples for women who take care of their hands. Pick your favorite and put one in the bathroom, another by the kitchen sink, and keep a third in your bag for on-the-go. You’ll kiss goodbye to dry winter hands and say hello to hydrated softened nice looking ones.
1. Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
Rich in the antioxidant grape polyphenols, shea butter, and avocado, this cream leaves hands feeling repaired, nourished, and protected. Bonus, this cream helps nails regain their strength and vitality too. It feels light but has a creamy texture that melts instantly into the skin to envelop it with a sensation of absolute comfort. This hand cream nourishes and repairs, it protects your skin from winter damage and leaves no greasy film behind. You’ll also love the sweet citrus fragrance.
2. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve delivers intense hydration. Universally beloved for its moisturizing effects, this cream is a lifelong favorite of many New Yorkers and beyond. It conditions soothes and moisturizes dry hands with a replenishing blend of Avocado, Sesame Seed, and Eucalyptus Oils. The Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve absorbs water from the air to create a “glove-like” barrier that protects against moisture loss throughout the day. The ingredients are naturally derived, and according to Kiehl’s standards, has undergone little to no processing.
4. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream
This creamy balm is formulated with 20% Shea Butter, honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil. Blended to create one of the all-time best hand creams. Massage this silky treatment into hands to counter dryness this winter.
5. Aveda Hand Relief Cream
This intense moisture hand cream helps soothe seriously dry hands, leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. Its andiroba oil and other plant-based hydration help infuse skin with nourishment so your hands look soft and normal again. It features a 95% naturally-derived formula from plants, non-petroleum minerals, and certified organic orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and other pure flower and plant essences that give it a really nice aroma. Paraben-free; mineral oil-free; petrolatum-free; formaldehyde-free; animal ingredient-free; paraffin-free; lanolin-free; synthetic fragrance-free and cruelty-free.
6. Korres Moisturizing Hand Cream
The hand cream nourishes and repairs dry and damaged hands in-depth for lasting comfort. It has a creamy texture, is non-greasy and non-sticky, with an irresistible fragrance. Almond oil extract hydrates the skin, soothes and softens, and Shea Butter extracts deeply nourishes winter skin, restoring its suppleness and softness.
This cream is perfect for people who work with their hands, wash hands often, and tend to develop dry, chapped skin as a result. It’s made with soothing honey, moisturizing almond oil, and nourishing cocoa and shea butters that protect and care for hardworking hands. Hands will feel soft and repaired. Smooth some on and enjoy its subtle lavender and marigold scent.
8. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
Brimming with botanical oils, herbs, and Beeswax, this hand salve delivers the hydration your hard-working hands need. You can find Burt’s Bees at many retailers and drug stores across the United States as well as online.
Christine is a Life Strategist and Emotional Health Coach living in Los Angeles. She's big on meditation and believes in systems and routines, and in personalizing everything you do to help you get where you want to be.