9 Best Hand Creams for Dry Skin


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By now, antibacterial wipes, sanitizer, and hand wash have become normal and necessary parts of everyone’s daily routine to protect against COVID-19.

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.) Go for a hand cleanser with ultra-strength antimicrobial ingredients to effectively remove germs.

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.

After disinfecting, always apply a potent moisturizer to hydrate, heal, and protect your skin. Keep these restorative creams on hand for healthy, baby-soft phalanges throughout another year of extreme sanitation.

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.

Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream, $15

Moisturizing active ingredients combine with antioxidant grape polyphenols and organic shea butter to form the luxurious, highly reparative Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream. The velvety texture sinks deeply into skin to protect and nourish, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.

Bioderma Atoderm Hand & Nail Cream, $6.99

If you’re in need of some extreme skin regeneration, Bioderma’s Atoderm Hand & Nail Cream literally has you covered in a restorative formula that acts like a protective glove. The paraben-free, hypoallergenic cream envelopes hands to target dryness, chapping, cracking, and more—all while strengthening your hydrolipidic film (the invisible protective layer on skin).

Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis Hand Cream, $25

Formulated with apricot kernel oil and vitamins A and E within a travel-sized tube, Atelier Cologne’s Pomélo Paradis is the perfect pop-in-your-purse hand cream. The fast-absorbing balm coats skin minus the greasy residue, so you can feel the healing benefits of 8% shea butter with every use.

Oribe Cote d’Azur Nourishing Hand Crème, $22

It’s only natural for Oribe to deliver a luxurious blend of hydrating oils that smell incredible—and the brand’s hand cream does not disappoint. Cote d’Azur Nourishing Hand Crème features a therapeutic blend of rich ingredients including sweet almond oil, shea butter, aloe leaf juice, and more. Cracked skin is soothed and smoothed upon contact featuring the light, yet intoxicating, scent of Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur fragrance.

Omorovicza Nourishing Hand Treatment, $72

Dry, tired hands don’t stand a chance when targeted with this corrective blend of dark spot-fading vitamin C, collagen-promoting polypeptides, and free radical-fighting shea butter. Omorovicza’s Nourishing Hand Treatment also features its signature Healing Concentrate™ as well as apricot and virgin plum oil to perk up phalanges for firm, supple, and impossibly moisturized skin.