The Best Hand Creams To Buy Right Now, Broken Down
Much like retinol or sunscreen, hand cream is one of those beauty products you don’t always realize you’re missing in your routine. That is, until it’s already too late. In this case, your hands are drier than butterless gluten-free toast, more cracked than the Smokies, and your cuticles haven’t seen such a beating since the acrylic fiasco of 1983.
Typically you reach this point during the winter when the air outside is cold and dry or during flu seasonwhen you’re trying your best to wash your hands upwards of ten times each day. Like, right now. Luckily your hands are resilient and can bounce back if given the opportunity—and with the help of a trusty hand cream. Keep cursing the weather and washing your hands, by all means; just do it with one of these dryness-busting hand lotions in tow.
From the ultimate drugstore pick to the best money can buy, and from antiaging perks to intoxicating scents, these are the best hand creams for dry, cracked hands to buy right now.
Favorite Overall: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
There are hand creams, and then there’s this hand cream. Nay, hand SALVE. If that doesn’t soothe your nerves already, we’re not sure what will. People swear up and down by this heavy-duty moisturizing hand salve, which is formulated to treat and soften dry, cracked skin with its blend of avocado oil, eucalyptus oil, and sesame seed oil. Grab a tube...do it!
BUY IT: $16; ulta.com
Best for Sensitive Skin: Aquaphor Healing Skin Ointment
For anyone who grew up dealing with eczema, super sensitive skin, peeling skin, or incredibly dry skin, this will come as no surprise. We turn to this tube of healing ointment when we’re not messing around. It doesn’t have any bells or whistles, but it will transform over-washed, irritated hands like nobody’s business.
BUY IT: $10; amazon.com
Favorite Drugstore: Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream for Dry Skin
One sniff will make you dream you’re in the tropics. Formulated with virgin coconut oil—which is rich in vitamins A, C, and E—this drugstore hand cream will keep those hands and cuticles hydrated something fierce. If you’re dealing with peeling or cracked cuticles, this one’s a winner.
BUY IT: $6; amazon.com
Best for Lightweight, Non-Greasy Moisture: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream
We remember the first time we tried this blue wonder packed with hyaluronic acid. It was a game-changer. The cooling sensation hits immediately after applying, and you’re left pleasantly surprised at how quickly it soaks into your skin for the perfect amount of moisture without feeling greasy or oily whatsoever. This is made for those dealing with low-key signs of dryness due to ramping up your hand-washing or experiencing seasonal dryness.
BUY IT: $5; walmart.com
Favorite Splurge: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Everyone knows this best-selling cream that make you feel just about as luxurious as you can while sitting on the couch in your mouth guard with zit cream on your face. The brand claims that a tube of this liquid hand gold sells every two seconds, so do with that information what you will. The super creamy, shea butter-infused formula will nourish your hands while comforting your soul, just a little.
BUY IT: $29; amazon.com
Best for Fighting Signs of Aging: Supergoop! Handscreen SPF 40
This suncare-focused brand dubs this multi-tasker the “very first preventative hand cream,” due to a reef-safe, clean formula made with natural oils, antioxidants, and broad-spectrum SPF 40. Your hands show signs of aging before almost any other part of your body—so keep it together by using this good-for-you hand cream, sister. The tube is a tiny splurge, but will last you months and months.
BUY IT: $38; sephora.com
Favorite Natural: Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream
Even the name sounds relaxing, hm? You can thank cold-pressed sweet almond oil for that. Coupled with the calming effects of milk and nourishing power of vitamin E, this paraben-free hand cream will see you through the darkest, cracked cuticle-ridden, scaly skin days. Grab it at your nearest drugstore.
BUY IT: $9; target.com
Favorite Smell-Good: Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Cream
One of the brand’s most beloved fragrances, this citrusy number will radiate off your skin hours after you’ve applied the coconut oil-infused formula. The addition of peppery basil takes the scent from lovely to iconic. So basically, you won’t be forgetting to use this cream every day, that’s for sure. In fact, try to keep yourself from using it all in one sitting! It is made to be applied on your body and hands, after all.
BUY IT: $59; sephora.com