Every day our hands are taking a beating. And if you’re working with your hands, or like anyone else, finding yourself washing them more often than usual, you know just how dry — and painful — soaps and sanitizers can be. But you don’t have to deal with broken cuticles and dry palms. The best hand creams and lotions have ingredients that are ultra-nourishing to soothe inflammation and rehydrate even the most parched hair. Only don’t take our word for it. According to dermatologists and other skincare experts, the hardest working hand creams here (from the drugstore and beyond).
Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion
This drugstore formula free of fragrance and paraben is a favorite, because it is non-greasy and fast-absorbing. And despite the price tag, it includes hard-working ingredients such as ceramides that help preserve the barrier of moisture and lactic acid in the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Balm
The perfect moisturizing hands window is five minutes after you wash them; leave one of these lotions in the kitchen and one in the bathroom, and it is much easier to achieve that goal. The formula (which includes sweet almond oil and shea butter) is rich but absorbs surprisingly fast. And it comes in the same scents of lavender and basil which have made the cleaning products of the brand so famous.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
This dense, eucalyptus-scented salve gets down to business with a heavy-duty formula which is packed with the kind of oils (such as avocado, sesame, and olive) that require extremely rough, dirty, and dry hands. It creates a protective “moisture glove” which helps to keep the hydration locked in hands.
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Unisex goods from Aesop have a reputation for making us feel good and this luxurious hand balm is no exception. It smells like a complex candle and softens the skin with a blended combination of oils and butters. Like most creams which come in the crinkly metal tubes of the company, it’s a treat.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
If the intrinsic thickness of hand creams sends a shiver down your spine, never be afraid — a recipe for a lighter gel exists. Hydro Boost for hands by Neutrogena is filled with the same hyaluronic acid you place on your nose. Applying the cooling solution helps hands feel hydrated easily, much as they drink the prescribed amount of water through a cold metal straw.
Tula Moisture Locking Shea Butter Hand & Nail Therapy
This treatment with shea butter is a hand-specific anti-aging cream that will jealously render your skin. It’s filled with Tula’s signature probiotics to lock in moisture, along with retinol to smooth, licorice to avoid dark spots, and vitamin C to clear up any free radicals that remain.