5 Best Hand Creams for Dry Skin


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As coronavirus spreads, there’s a global push toward preventing infection with antibacterial wipes, sanitizer and hand washing—we’re completely on board. The CDC recommends scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, so create a hand-washing jingle and belt it out each time your soapy hands hit water. (If you need a refresher on the proper way to wash, click here.)

While you take the necessary health precautions, stay mindful that extreme hand washing can cause unnecessary skin dryness. Couple that with a few dozen pumps of Purell and you’ve got a cracked and bleeding situation on your hands.

Yes, unsightly palms are the least of our problems. However, the issues that parched skin can present goes far beyond the surface.

Oftentimes, dryness leads to itchiness. Scratching your hands may create microscopic cuts, through which the bacteria from under your nails can enter the body. Similarly, cracked and bleeding hands provide an alternate route for new irritants and germs to find their way in and weaken your immune system. You might want to consider adding hydration to your list of preventative measures.

Important note: The information above serves as general hand health advice, and there is no known link to Covid-19 being transferred via cuts or wounds.

Keep up regular sanitation in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations. Wear gloves as much as possible. Apply a hand moisturizer to hydrate, heal, and protect skin to help you stay healthy.

Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate Hand Restorative Hand Cream, $25

This hand cream lasts through five hand washings, so you don’t have to constantly reapply. Infused with Sucralfate, the non-greasy cream restores the cutaneous barrier, a part of your skin that helps protect against infection. The water-in-oil formula becomes clear when applied and rapidly absorbs to keep hands moisturized after exposure to the harsh chemicals in cleaning products and antibacterial soap.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, $15

This reparative hand cream smells like a tropical vacation. Formulated with Brazil nut seeds (a super food known for boosting the immune system), healing coconut oil, and antioxidant-rich açaí oil, Brazilian Touch Hand Cream reinvigorates skin for healthier hands with every use. And if you’ve canceled your travel plans, allow the cream’s pistachio and salted caramel notes to whisk you away to a beach in Brazil.

Sisley-Paris Restorative Hand Cream, $105

Looking for the crème de la crème? Meet Sisley-Paris Restorative Hand Cream. While you sanitize, this intensely nourishing cream continuously works to capture and retain water, which improves your skin’s barrier function, eliminates itchiness, and nourishes the heart of the epidermis. Not to mention, the powerful cream specializes in softening the cuticles and strengthening nails.

La Mer The Hand Treatment, $90

At the heart of this silky cream is a cell-renewing elixir that brings skin back to its healthiest state by restoring natural moisture on contact. Infused with La Mer’s signature “Miracle Broth,” The Hand Treatment unlocks the five facets of healing: moisture, regeneration, soothing, smoothing and radiance with damage-reducing sea kelp.

By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream, $50

Infused with a skin-quenching combination of rose butter, wax and oil, Baume de Rose Hand Cream makes a perfect daily moisturizer or night treatment for overworked hands. I like to make a DIY mask with this silky formula to restore complete hydration and protect against harsh aggressors. Slather the cream all over your fingers and palms, put on cotton gloves, and leave on while you sleep. After waking, remove the gloves, blot then massage the excess product in for soft, repaired skin.