Cold weather can leave our hands cracked, dry and desperate for moisture. That’s why we’ve always got a tube of hand cream in our bags when winter rolls around.
With the cold weather well and truly on the way, we’ve been stocking up on our favourite hand creams to help prevent and protect our skin.
So if you’re struggling with dry and cracked hands, don’t worry as we’ve done all the work for you. We’ve rounded-up some of our favourite nourishing hand creams available to right buy now, so you can get your skin back to its soft, smooth best and protect your hands this winter.
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- Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream
- Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream
- Roger & Gallet Bienfaits Hand and Nail Balm
- Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair
- Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Hand Cream 5% Urea
- L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hands
- The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
- Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Recovery
- Rituals The Ritual of Dao Night Hand Balm
- Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream
- SkinClinical Extreme Healing Daily Treatment
- Eucerin unscented Advanced Repair Hand Cream
- O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream
- Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream
- Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
- Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands
- Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
- 1. Le Labo hand lotion
- 2. Grown Alchemist hand cream
- 3. Byredo Suede hand cream
- 4. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand balm
- 5. L’Occitane shea butter hand cream
- 6. Heath hand salve
- 7. Clarins Men active hand care
- 8. Kiehl’s richly hydrating hand cream
- 9. Jo Malone London Vitamin E nourishing hand treatment
- 10. L’Occitane Verbena cooling hand gel
- 11. Aesop Reverence hand balm
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- Clarins hand and nail treatment cream, 100ml: £23, Clarins
- Neom Organics nourish breathe & energise hand balm, 50ml: £15, John Lewis & Partners
- Aveda hand relief moisturising cream, 125ml: £21, Aveda
- Aromacure eczema cream, 50g: £17.99, Aromacure
- This Works perfect hands intense moisture, 75ml: £18, This Works
- Alpha H liquid gold rose hand cream, 100ml: £25, Cult Beauty
- Nivea intensive hand cream, 100ml: £1.99, Boots
- Sarah Chapman skinesis overnight hand and nail treatment hand elixir, 15ml: £39, Sarah Chapman
- Dr Hauschka hydrating hand cream, 50ml: £13.25, Dr Hauschka
- ESPA bergamot and jasmine hand lotion, 250ml: £19, ESPA
- The verdict: Hand creams
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream
BUY NOW Lookfantastic, £3.90
This fuss-free hand cream is all about efficiency, rather than pretty smells or packaging. The glycerin-rich formula is one of the best for tackling seriously dry hands.
Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream
BUY NOW Feelunique, £12.99
If you prefer to stick to natural ingredients, this hand cream is ideal, containing no sulphates, phthalates, petrochemicals or parabens. Shea butter, cocoa butter and sesame oil provide a real moisturising kick for the hands.
Roger & Gallet Bienfaits Hand and Nail Balm
Roger & Gallet
BUY NOW Escentual, £6.50
This hand cream came out top in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s tests, with those that tried it saying they noticed their hands were softer and smoother after regular use.
Read the full review on the GHI website.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair
BUY NOW Amazon, £2
This hydrating hand cream is not only amazing value but it leaves hands feeling smooth and soft without causing any irritation. It scored highly with our experts at the GHI who say it hydrates hands for up to six hours!
Read the full review on the GHI website.
Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Hand Cream 5% Urea
BUY NOW Amazon, £8.14
Don’t like fragrant hand creams? When the Good Housekeeping Institute asked women to test this, they loved the lack of scent and said it left hands soft and supple.
Read the full review on the GHI website.
L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hands
BUY NOW Feelunique, £8
Enriched with almond milk, this beautifully-scented hand cream hydrates hands without leaving any grease behind.
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
The Body Shop
BUY NOW The Body Shop, £5
This heavy-duty hydrator is one of The Body Shop’s best sellers for good reason! It’s perfect for very dry hands, nourishing the skin and helping it look its best.
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Recovery
Crabtree & Evelyn
BUY NOW Crabtree & Evelyn, £20.50
Rituals The Ritual of Dao Night Hand Balm
BUY NOW Lookfantastic, £9.90
A lightweight balm developed to soother and soften hands, this Rituals hand cream contains shea butter and Yi Yi Ren to really nourish hands and leave them feeling hydrated and smooth.
Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream
BUY NOW Lookfantastic, £3
This bargain hand cream from Sanctuary Spa contains a blend of shea butter and sweet almond oil to soften and nourish the skin, while leaving it smelling of the iconic signature Sanctuary scent. Plus, it costs just £3!
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There are plenty of people out there who don’t see the value in pricey hand lotions, but we are not among them. Luxed-up, stylish body products make your bathroom look better, your skin softer, and can stand in as a less intrusive form of cologne. That said, it’s space-heater, radiator, wash-your-hands-in-scalding-hot-water season, and it’s time to bring out the big guns. The packages on these babies might not be Instagrammable. The scents range from “nothing” to “vaguely plastic.” But every time you work some into your ashy, tight skin, it will feel like a tiny victory. Today you got something done—you fixed your dry, cracked hands.
The best part is, unlike your beloved Byredo, these lotions cost less than a fancy winter cocktail, which means you can buy multiples for your bathroom, your desk, your car, and your gym bag. And when you use them, you don’t have to be precious about it. Give your friend a courtesy squirt, forget one in the back of a cab, and Amazon Prime replacements like it’s toilet paper (with eyes half closed, 11 p.m., on your phone). Here, seven such miracle creams we—and thousands of everyday Internet reviewers—endorse. Join the party. Fix your skin.
SkinClinical Extreme Healing Daily Treatment
We called this one of the “best hand creams for a confident handshake” for a reason. Stuff works (the National Eczema Association agrees with us, too). Yes, it’s slightly pricier, but the secret is, it’s light enough to use on your face, too. Amazon $18 Buy Now
Eucerin unscented Advanced Repair Hand Cream
While there is some debate over Eucerin recently changing the formula on this cult-loved hand cream, it’s still one of the best-rated hand lotions on the market. Also, it’s cheap. What do you have to lose? Target $4 Buy Now
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream
This packaging is deeply unattractive, but this product works so good. Just ask the 8,777 people who reviewed its powers on Amazon. Seriously: The dedication to this product verges on religious. Amazon $7 Buy Now
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream
This healing hand cream is thick but not greasy, giving you that “ahhh” feeling every time you put it on. Target sells it in its travel-size aisle, so you grab a handful of them for your winter excursions. Target $5 Buy Now
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
Jack Black might look like an old-school grooming brand, but its formulas are surprisingly natural and organic. Macadamia nut oil is the secret ingredient in this cult-loved hand lotion, which is also—as the brand points out—great for feet. Amazon $15 Buy Now
Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands
This heavy-duty hand cream is a rare find. The packaging is stylish, the ingredients are 100% organic, and it comes in a salve formula, which means it won’t spill all over your stuff when you’re on the go. Vitabox $8 Buy Now
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
You trust Kiehl’s with your face and hair…why not your hands, too? This rich, oil-infused hand lotion is one of the brand’s best-sellers because it soothes dry skin and offers a “glove-like” protection for hands. Kiehl’s $16 Buy Now
Gone are the days when men were expected to eschew all moisturisers and tough-out callouses and blisters as if they were a member of the SAS.
Now, in fact, it’s desirable to have take care of yourself, especially your face and hands – after all, they’re on display all the time and no-one likes a rough and crispy handshake!
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To help you keep your digits in tip top condition, we’ve rounded up the best hand creams where the packaging is as delicious as the contents.
1. Le Labo hand lotion
Perfect for your bathroom
Reasons to buy
+Large size with hygienic pump+Incredible smell
Reasons to avoid
-Not travel friendly
Keeping a big bottle of moisturiser next to your sink is a great way of remembering to moisturise your hands. Le Labo’s 250ml bottle has a handy and hygienic pump and will keep you going for ages… unless you keep it at work on your desk, where we guarantee your colleagues will want to use it too, because it smells delicious.
Infused with basil, sweet almond and safflower oils, it’ll nourish, soften and hydrate skin, as well as making it smell great. The cream is vegan and paraben, phthalate and artificial colourant-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin.
2. Grown Alchemist hand cream
Refreshing scent to perk you up
+Refreshing citrus scent+Sick monochrome packaging -Small size
Grown Alchemist’s vanilla and orange peel hand cream comes in a dinky size that’s perfect for stashing in your pocket or bag, but it smells so good you might use it up rather quickly.
The cream is blended with rosehip and camellia oils to nourish your skin without leaving it greasy and has a refreshing vanilla and orange scent to perk you up through those mid-afternoon slumps. Just like the scent, the packaging is sophisticated too, and takes the form of a stylish monochromatic tube.
3. Byredo Suede hand cream
A highly scented, covetable cream
+Amazing scent from perfume maker+Beautiful packaging for beautiful hands
If you like to make sure you smell great throughout your working day, but applying cologne at your desk is a little too conspicuous, why not consider a highly-scented hand cream? Byredo makes some amazing perfumes that are super fashionable, but its Suede hand cream is equally luxurious. Formulated for a light yet nourishing texture, the cream cleans, hydrates and softens your hands without leaving any annoying, greasy residue behind.
Most importantly, it’s scented with crisp accords of bergamot, lily of the valley and pear, which mellows over time to reveal a base of soft musks, amber and velvet plum. Yes, it’s on the more expensive side, but it’s much cheaper than investing in the perfume!
4. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand balm
A cult classic with plant-based ingredients
+Perfect for vegans+Stylish, compact packaging -Empty List
If you’re bossing Veganuary, Aesop’s indulgent, plant-based hand cream may work well with your new, clean-living lifestyle. The cult favourite hand cream contains nourishing plant-based ingredients, including coconut oil and shea butter for super soft hands.
Notes of mandarin orange, rosemary leaf and cedarwood make for a refreshing and uplifting scent too. The balm is affordable for 75ml and the packaging is super slick, making it a good one to whip out at work and leave on your desk.
5. L’Occitane shea butter hand cream
A classic cream for everyone
+Unisex scent+Great price point -Not the most exciting
L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream is bit of a classic. Enriched with honey, almond and coconut oil, it repairs dry and fragile hands while giving them a year-round protection. It’ slightly scented with jasmine and ylang ylang essential oils, which makes for a good unisex scent and the metal packaging with vintage-looking French label is pleasing. It’s no wonder it has spawned a hundred copies. Launched in 1994, it’s one of the brand’s bestselling products, with one selling every three seconds.
6. Heath hand salve
Patriotic new brand with sexy packaging
+Refreshing scent+Claims to protect hands from pollution+Affordable
If you’re feeling patriotic, why not plump for Heath hand salve, which is a made in England and comes in a pleasant green tube. Dubbed a ‘hardworking, non-greasy hand cream with anti-pollution benefits to moisturise and protect dry, overworked hands,’ its ingredients include shea butter and Pro Vitamin B5.
It also includes something called Pollustop, which the company says ‘actively shields from everyday pollution and protects hands and nails’ and while we’re not sure how, it sounds great! Perhaps as importantly, the 75ml cream has a refreshing mint and lavender scent.
7. Clarins Men active hand care
Formulated for men
+Non-scented+Designed to protect men’s hands specifically -Not one for fragrance lovers
Clarins has been making hand cream for men for longer than others and it’s deeply conditioning, repairing and protective cream is specifically formulated for men’s hands.
The formula is non-scented, which is great news for those with sensitive skin, and it’s non-oily and ultra-sheer formulation is absorbed quickly, making it a great choice for on the go. While the packaging isn’t the prettiest, it’s super practical and easy to throw in a bag or pocket without worrying about a metal tube splitting.
8. Kiehl’s richly hydrating hand cream
Grapefruit scent will make this a fruity favourite
+Handy for the whole family+Quality ingredients and fresh scent -There are more sophisticated scents
If you like your hand cream fresh and fruity, Kiehl’s richly hydrating hand cream may be for you. Its simple but invigorating grapefruit scent will make it a hit with everyone.
The hand cream has a rich, velvety formulation including shea butter and Vitamin E and is designed to leave skin feeling soft and hydrated all day. The packaging is classic Kiehl’s and has bright orange lettering, which should help you find it if it’s in the depths of your bag or luggage.
9. Jo Malone London Vitamin E nourishing hand treatment
+Light but rich cream is designed to soothe+Luxurious pomelo and cassis scent -Empty List
Jo Malone London’s Vitamin E nourishing hand treatment is a bit like the Rolls Royce of hand cream, but unlike the flashy car, is a little piece of understated luxury within touching distance for more people.
The light cream ‘instantly’ soothes dry skin, while helping to hydrate, soften and restore vitality, and comes in a smart black tube. While the product is on the more expensive side, the cream is more reasonable than one of the brand’s luxurious perfumes and still leaves a lingering and sophisticated pomelo and cassis scent.
10. L’Occitane Verbena cooling hand gel
A good choice for summer
+Gel texture for cooling effect+Leaves a non-greasy, ‘powdery’ finish -Scent may not be for everyone
L’Occitane Verbena cooling hand gel is something a little different as its gel consistency is designed to be cooling. The gel/cream is enriched with organic verbena extract from Provence to moisturise and refresh.
Instead of feeling slightly greasy or sticky, it leaves an unusual powdery finish on hands, but is still moisturising. The product is enriched with mint and thyme essential oils, known for their purifying properties, so it penetrates instantly and leaves hands soft and perfumed.
11. Aesop Reverence hand balm
A huge, luxurious bottle for your loo
+At 500ml you won’t need to stock up soon+Super stylish packaging with top ingredients -Not ideal for travelling
If you like to invest in your appearance and home, this hand cream may be for you. Aesop’s Reverence Hand Balm boasts the brand’s covetable packaging and would look ace in your designer bathroom. And while it’s an investment, you can justify it because the bottle is a stonking 500ml and comes with a handy pump.
At that size, you won’t have to stock up again for a while, or you can be super generous with the sumptuous-smelling cream, which is infused with a blend of fragrant botanicals including vetiver root, petitgrain extract and bergamot rind. This gives it an earthy aroma, as well as softening and relaxing properties that’s popular with men and women alike.
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High quality skincare products undoubtedly make for great holiday gifts. But if you’re uncertain about what the person needs or wants — like their skin type and or specific skin care regimen — there’s one product you can always go with: hand cream.
Whether you opt for a luxe tube of hand cream that looks just as good as it feels or a budget-friendly, best-kept secret, this is one gift you can be certain will get use. And that’s especially true during this time of year, when extra moisture is a must. With good options available in virtually every price range, they can make for a perfect gift to give just about anyone — from your coworkers to your mom, dad and even a picky significant other.
Here, we share seven of the most gift-worthy hand creams, including options from cult-favorite brands like Byredo and Supergoop.
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1. Byredo Blanche Hand Cream
This luxe hand cream from Byredo packs the same bold, olfactory punch as the brand’s beloved candles and perfumes in a thick, nourishing hand cream. Infused with softening shea butter and with floral notes of pink pepper, white rose, peony and neroli, this lightweight, moisturizing tube doubles as a fragrance.
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2. J.R. Watkins Aloe and Green Tea Hand Cream
For fans of natural products, this smoothing hand cream boasts 99 percent natural ingredients. It’s formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, and avocado oil, leaving the skin not only softened and moisturized, but smelling light and fresh — and it’s not overpowering. Fit for more than routine daily use, the brand and reviewers alike recommend massaging it onto clean hands before bed for a relaxing sleep.
3. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
L’Occitane shea butter infused hand cream utilizes the healing powers of honey, almond, and coconut oil to nourish, protect, and revitalize your skin. Meanwhile, ingredients like jasmine and ylang-ylang leave a subtle, delicate scent on the skin. Bonus? It’s great for just about every skin type — from oily and acne-prone, to mature, sensitive, dry and combination skin.
4. Lano Coconutter Hand Cream
For the person who never seems to be able to find a hand cream that works for them, this intense multi-use formula from Lano is worth trying out. Its superstar ingredient lanolin is there to promote moisture. The cream’s shea butter, lemon oil, and milk and honey work to condition, nourish, and revitalize even the driest hands. Warm the cream between your hands and massage it into your skin, nail beds, cuticles, and even your feet.
5. Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
This is another long-standing favorite, and with good reason. Ideal for all skin types, the cream provides not only immediate moisture but long-lasting relief, with the help of olive oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. What’s more, the formula also includes polyphenols actions — antioxidants with anti-aging benefits.
6. Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream
Despite common misconceptions, SPF is a year-long necessity, and is important to apply everywhere — especially the delicate skin on your hands. This hand cream from Supergoop! makes it easy to check off both boxes, with a rich formula infused with SPF 40, powerful antioxidants and skin-soothing natural oils like meadowfoam and argan oil that moisturize skin without feeling too greasy or heavy.
7. Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream
Tatcha utilizes the healing properties of the anti-inflammatory indigo plant to soothe inflamed skin, while silk and squalane work to hydrate and repair. The gentle formula is ideal for those with dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to forming rough, dry patches.
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Hand it to yourself.
Aside from the occasional paraffin treatments when we get our nails done, one rarely gives hands the TLC they deserve. As a result, they are left to dry, flake and age—often at a faster rate than other body parts. The best cure, as with all things, is prevention. The sooner you get in the habit of carrying a tube of hand cream around and hydrating regularly, the better chances of actually keeping hands feeling smooth and looking youthful.
Here are the best hand creams for 2019:
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment
This rich moisturizing cream uses Shea butter to shield hands from drying and chapping. The Hand and Nail Treatment Cream from Clarins also protects the delicate skin on the top of hands from external irritants that may cause it to feel cracked or dehydrated. And this treatment is not just limited to hands; it can also help bring back moisture to nails and cuticles.
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
Beauty and grooming aficionados consider this to be “the hardest working hand cream in the business.” Why? Because Jack Black’s Industrial Strength Hand Healer was formulated to bring relief to severe calluses, cuticles, and cracks. Ingredients like eucalyptus, vitamin A and vitamin E provide comfort. The fragrance-free formula is also very no-nonsense: There are no added alcohols or colors.
Deborah Lipmann Rich Girl Hand Cream With SPF 25
Smart beauty addicts apply SPF on the face and body every day, all year long. But what about our hands, which are just as prone to sun damage? Deborah Lippmann’s fast-absorbing Rich Girl Hand Cream addresses exactly that issue. It’s formulated using Shea butter and jojoba oil to add moisture to the skin, while the broad spectrum sunscreen ensures that hands are protected from both UVA and UVB rays.
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop has always merged botanical extracts with the latest breakthroughs in science. The result, in this particular product? A fragrant hand cream that is both an olfactory treat and a healing balm for hardworking hands. Mandarin oil, rosemary and cedarwood give it a fresh scent while its highly effective formula is quickly absorbed deep into the skin.
Lanolips Coconutter Hand Cream Intense
This intensely hydrating cream for hands is formulated with a medical-grade lanolin, developed by Lanolips founder Kirsten Carriol. This key ingredient means that it’s a purified version of lanolin—one that naturally brings back moisture for a soft and supple finish. The nourishing coconut oil, Shea butter and cocoa give it a delicious tropical scent while boosting the cream’s hydrating powers.
Alpha-H Protection Plus Hand Cream With SPF 50
Since hands are especially vulnerable to UV and free radical damage, Protection Plus Hand Cream SPF 50 helps counter aging and skin damage by shielding it from sun and pollutants. The broad-spectrum formula is fast-absorbing. It also comes packed with vitamins C and E—to restore elasticity that leave skin feeling silky smooth.
Bastide Crème Intense Deep Repair Hand Cream
This refreshing and hydrating hand cream from Bastide was created by using only locally sourced ingredients. (The brand’s products are made exclusively in Aix-en-Provence.) Provençal Shea butter relieves dry, chapped and cracked skin on hands. This cream may also be used to soothe rough patches of skin on elbows and cuticles.
10 best hand creams that help with dry skin, eczema and age spots
Our hands reveal our age much more readily than our complexions, because they lack the daily dose of serums, oils, moisturisers and masks that we use on our face. But you can close the gap with regular use of a good quality cream – preferably one with anti-ageing benefits.
Try and use it several times a day – leave a tube or bottle by the sink so you always apply after washing up or cleaning your hands, and keep one in your desk drawer or handbag.
If you don’t like the feeling of a rich cream, opt for a lotion – these tend to be lighter in consistency. And if you prefer not to use one during the day at all, then apply a good, rich cream at bedtime and wear beauty gloves, so skin gets a huge boost of nourishment overnight.
We tested a range of lotions, creams, and balms to find our favourites that not only hydrate thirsty winter skin, but can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots and help combat eczema.
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Clarins hand and nail treatment cream, 100ml: £23, Clarins
Launched in 1979, this has been a best-selling product for over 40 years and a tube is sold every 30 seconds worldwide. Put to the test, it exceeded our expectations. Clarins’ offering is notably one of the richest and most nourishing creams we tried, it also absorbs almost instantly and leaves no greasy residue. There are very few creams that can deliver on nourishment and absorption so effectively – this one can even keep mild eczema at bay. The moisturising base of sesame oil and shea butter is boosted by Japanese mulberry extract to work on minimising age spots, while myrrh extract is used to strengthen the nails.
Neom Organics nourish breathe & energise hand balm, 50ml: £15, John Lewis & Partners
Cold, grey weather and long nights at this time of year can make it feel like you’re walking through treacle. So use your hand cream as a therapeutic pick-me-up by choosing this uplifting, energising booster packed with nature’s finest invigorators – grapefruit, lemon and rosemary. There are three other balms to choose from if you’re already fully loaded with energy: happiness boosting “breath and smile”, relaxing “breath and calm” and a restful one for bedtime: “breathe and sleep”.
Aveda hand relief moisturising cream, 125ml: £21, Aveda
Anyone with sensitive skin or allergies will know Aveda skincare is as gentle as it comes. This cream is free from all the nasties, including formaldehyde, lanolin and synthetic fragrances. And instead it’s packed with natural seed oils and plant hydrators that nourish the skin, sunflower oil for conditioning, andiroba oil to seal in softness, calming liquorice and soothing coneflower and aloe. It has a wonderfully thick rich texture but still manages to absorb quickly.
Aromacure eczema cream, 50g: £17.99, Aromacure
If your skin is of a sensitive disposition, or if its broken, cracked or eczema-prone, this cream should be your absolute must-buy. Having struggled with eczema on and off for years and tried every medication, cream, steroid, alternative therapy and diet, this is the one product that relieves our tester’s unbearable itching and scratching that can wake her at night. Buy it now, it will change your life.
This Works perfect hands intense moisture, 75ml: £18, This Works
This award-winning, vegan certified cream is one of the least greasy, yet most hydrating creams we tested. So if you don’t like a rich creamy feeling on your skin, you’ll love this as it dries almost instantly. The blend of powerful botanicals including rose, mimosa and musk mallow work on age spots, larch extract tightens more mature looser skin, while hyaluronic acid locks in moisture.
Alpha H liquid gold rose hand cream, 100ml: £25, Cult Beauty
If ageing hands is your bugbear, opt for this rose-scented cream. It features a gently exfoliating 10 per cent glycolic acid which works to remove dead skin cells and reveal rejuvenated, younger looking-skin. We found after two weeks of use, the skin on the back of the hands did indeed look firmer, smoother and more even. Packed with nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E, chamomile, avocado oil and shea butter, this cream delivers real results. And surprisingly quickly too.
Nivea intensive hand cream, 100ml: £1.99, Boots
Handbag friendly in shape and size and an absolute steal at under a fiver, this cream delivers the familiar floral Nivea scent and good long lasting nourishment. We found hands felt soft all day and into the next thanks to a formula packed with almond oil. For anyone on a budget, or if you like several tubes around the house, car or office drawer, Nivea is a must-have.
Sarah Chapman skinesis overnight hand and nail treatment hand elixir, 15ml: £39, Sarah Chapman
It’s a small bottle for a fairly hefty price tag, however, this delivered incredible results. Like other Sarah Chapman products, it is an oil, so is best kept for night use, and it doesn’t feel moisturising like a heavyweight cream or balm. But with just a couple of week’s use, we noticed a real improvement in skin texture. You’ll wake up with soft, nourished, rehydrated hands, but over time it also seemed to reduce the appearance of age spots and skin felt plumper. If you spend out on skincare and you’re finding your hands are starting to reveal your age, this is more than worth the investment. The blend of skin-plumping, collagen-boosting ingredients and omega-rich skin conditioning oils deliver immediate and long lasting results.
Dr Hauschka hydrating hand cream, 50ml: £13.25, Dr Hauschka
Ultra light, fast drying with no greasy residue, this hard working hand cream is perfect for sensitive skin that needs an effective but gentle option. Dr Hauschka ticks all the boxes if you’re looking to be environmentally conscious – the sustainable brand is chemical and cruelty-free and uses organic, natural ingredients. Using biodynamic farming methods – which essentially means putting more into the soil than is taken out – for more than 50 years, Dr Hauschka has been carefully looking after the planet, long before it was fashionable.
ESPA bergamot and jasmine hand lotion, 250ml: £19, ESPA
If a great scent is non-negotiable in your choice of hand lotion, then this is one of the very best. The fresh zesty zing of bergamot blended with a heady floral punch of jasmine delivers one of the most beautifully scented products we tested. If you like your hand cream next to the sink, rather than a tube in a drawer or handbag, this large bottle is a great value option.
The verdict: Hand creams
Our winner is a cult classic from Clarins, which has been nourishing skin, strengthening nails and minimising age spots for the last 40 years. For skin susceptible to eczema, Aromacure is a must-buy, for vegan and environmentally friendly options This Works and Dr Hauschka are hard to beat.
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