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The Best Hand Cream for Dry and Cracked Skin

By Carly Cochrane - 3 years ago | Updated
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We’re not shy when it comes to splurging on the most popular skin care or the best-smelling body lotions, so why do we play by different rules with hand care?

We understand it may seem like our mitts need a little less TLC but, as we expose them to cold winter winds and often over-scrub when hand washing (no thanks to Covid-19), we really do put them through a lot.

If like us your fingers are starting to crack and palms are starting to chap, it might be time to give those working hands the attention they deserve.

We’ve rounded up the best hand creams of 2021 that will undoubtedly nurse sore, dry and cracked skin back to full health.

1. Dr. PAWPAW Original Multipurpose Balm

Dr. PAWPAW Original Multipurpose Balm

£2.75 £4.95 (45% off)

Let's kick things off with a cult-favourite all purpose balm. Not only can this tube of goodness deeply nourish and revive dry hands, but it can be used all over the body, including as a face moisturiser, lip balm and hair mask. Using high-performing natural and healing ingredients, this is a must-have product for your handbag or desk drawer!

2. Decléor White Magnolia Hand & Nail Cream

Decléor White Magnolia Hand & Nail Cream

£8.99 £24.00 (63% off)

Dubbed a ‘protective glove’, this hand cream keeps skin fully nourished, even throughout hand washing. Formulated with meadowfoam oil, shea butter, and allantoin the cream boosts your skin’s natural resilience from the get-go.

3. Nursem Caring Hand Cream

Nursem Caring Hand Cream

£9.99 £10.00 (1% off)

A fast-absorbing, non-greasy hand cream for dry skin that is naturally fragranced and suitable for sensitive or irritable skin. Just a small amount used little and often throughout the day will keep your hands protected and well conditioned.

4. Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food For Dry & Rough Skin

£7.16 £8.95 (20% off)

It’s a multi-tasking treatment that’s bagged multiple awards and become a firm-favourite among A-listers, and therefore is a must-have for your collection. Offering intense hydration, this cream instantly soothes dry, sore skin, all whilst protecting it from further damage.

5. Avène Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream

Avène Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream

£9.40 £12.97 (28% off)

Whether your hands have been chapped, bruised or just overworked, this restorative hand cream from Avène delivers intense hydration that will bring them back life again. It's quickly absorbed deep into the skin - just what you need when hands are suffering and immediately starts working to make them stronger.

6. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Cream

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Cream

£7.20 £9.00 (20% off)

Boasting a hypoallergenic and sensitive-friendly formula, this hand cream works around the clock to keep mitts hydrated, protected and free from dry patches. The non-sticky, water-resistant lotion shields against friction, damage, irritation and dryness, making it the perfect solution for overworked hands.

7. CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream

CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream

£7.00 £7.04 (1% off)

Injecting moisture back into the driest of hands, this deeply nourishing formula utilises three types of ceramides and hyaluronic acid. The result? A stronger skin barrier, long-lasting hydration and hands that are soft, supple and comfortable.

8. Dr Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream

Dr Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream

£12.65 £14.00 (10% off)

This rich hand cream from Dr. Hauschka is the perfect option for hands in desperate need of a pamper. Enriched with skin-loving natural ingredients, it treats hands that are often exposed to cold weather and harsh soaps.

9. Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream

Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream

£13.60 £17.00 (20% off)

This nourishing cream is a fantastic option for hydrating your hands and boosting your mood. Cedarwood and sweet orange deliver an aromatic woody scent that helps to combat anxieties, whilst a combination of botanical kowhai flower, avocado, marigold and macadamia oils keep your hands super soft.

10. Eucerin Urea Repair Plus 5% Hand Cream

Eucerin Urea Repair Plus 5% Hand Cream

£5.85 £9.00 (35% off)

This intensive hand cream moisturises and protects skin, even after washing (which we do more frequently these days...). With Urea, Ceramide and other Natural Moisturising Factors, the formulation strengthens skin’s natural barrier, making skin resilient to dryness for up to 48 hours.

We've spoiled you for choice, we know. But now that you're fully equipped with the best hand creams on the market, you'll never have to worry about skin drying out, cracking or chapping again.

If harsh liquid soaps are the main culprit of your hand crises, check out Why The Bar of Soap is Making a Comeback.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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