Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream, $15 at Avène
This best hand cream has some real staying power. That’s because the creamy formula lasts up to five hand washings, which means your dry skin will stay at bay without constantly having to reapply (and the tube will last longer than you think). The secret? Sucralfate helps restore and facilitate the recovery process, while glycerin and Avène’s thermal spring water hydrate skin, leading to a 77 percent reduction in cracks.
Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream, $23.50 at Nordstrom
Looking for a hand cream that makes a difference in the long run? Clinique’s version hydrates for 12 hours and actually boosts skin's ability to retain moisture, leading to healthy, happy hands. And it will even condition your cuticles for the best nails, hands down.
Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, $5.29 at Ulta
Neutrogena’s best hand cream is a classic for a reason. The highly concentrated formula effectively relieves dry, chapped hands. Squeeze out just a dab, rub into your hands and let the glycerin-rich cream provide long-lasting hydration to your parched skin.
Hand Absolute Ultimate Rejuvenating Hand and Nail Cream, $29 at Nordstrom
If you’re looking for a cream that does way more than just heal hands, this is it. The formula also treats dark spots and the signs of aging. It’s all thanks to a repairing complex of exclusive butters and a trio of active ingredients: hyaluronic acid, collagen and lipopeptide. With a clarifying sea lily extract to restore an even skin tone plus a keratin booster to strengthen nails, this treatment is a real multitasker.
Hand and Nail Cream, $15 at Sephora
Not only does this best hand cream contain grapeseed oil to add moisture, but it also has antioxidant-rich grapeseed polyphenols. Throw in organic fair-trade shea butter and your hands will feel repaired, regenerated and nourished. The cream even boasts a delicate perfumed scent to soothe your senses as well as your hands.
Skin Food Skin Cream, $12.99 at Target
Technically, this isn’t a hand cream — it’s an all-over cream. Which only makes the indulgent formula that much more covetable. The essential fatty acids and vitamin E in its organic sunflower seed oil help moisturize skin, while organic pansy and rosemary leaf extract calm irritation.
High Intensity Hand Cream, $18 at Bliss
Dial up the intensity on your quest to relieve dry hands with this supreme hand hydrator. Its silky formula features macadamia nut oil and grapeseed extract as key players to score smooth skin. Rub in the nongreasy cream to banish cracked skin and as an added bonus, you’ll get smoother cuticles.
Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme, $18 at Amazon
Healing dry, irritated hands is a piece of cake (sorry, had to) with this cream. Shea butter nourishes, aloe vera soothes, coconut oil hydrates and green tea extract supplies antioxidants. The luxe treatment absorbs quickly and the baked raspberries and cream scent is a sweet extra.
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $15 at Kiehl's
Designed to heal extremely rough skin caused by heavy industrial work and manual labor, this salve is pretty heavy-duty. So you know it will soothe your chapped, cracked hands with ease. It allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove–like" protective barrier and features a blend of botanical oils and natural wax derived from olive oil to moisturize and condition skin.
The Hand Treatment, $90 at La Mer
While "Miracle Broth" may sound like an amazing soup, it’s actually La Mer’s proprietary formula that not only heals dry skin, but also protects it by creating an emollient barrier. The silky formula soothes hands on contact and the exclusive Skin Brightening Complex improves tone and clarity as it diminishes age spots. Apply the treatment with a massaging motion for best results.
Marine Salve, $20 at Net-a-Porter
This salve will solve your dry skin crisis. Rub it on your hands and the marine algae, oils and butters will work to moisturize, cut down inflammation and protect against free radicals. It’s also paraben- and fragrance-free. Bonus: Once your hands are silky smooth, you can use the salve to soothe chapped lips or tame those pesky eyebrows.
Yes To Coconut
Protecting Hand & Cuticle Cream, $5.19 at Target
Rich in vitamins A, C and E, the virgin coconut oil in this best hand cream supplies nutrients to keep your hands and even cuticles protected. It also helps smooth and restore chapped skin. And at just over $5, you can keep a tube by your bed, in your desk at work and in your bag for super soft hands.
There’s nothing like a dollop of rich hand cream to soothe our dry skin during the cold weather months. But hand cream does way more than offer relief — it’s actually a vital anti-aging product. Why? As it turns out, our hands age just as quickly as our faces, thanks to all the heavy use and exposure they endure throughout our lives.
Luckily, a high-quality hand cream can help turn back the clock. But what separates the best hand creams from all the rest? Look for ones that are nongreasy, long-lasting and multipurpose (your cuticles will thank you). Check out the hand creams that fit the bill in the slideshow above.
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