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.
As well as serving up a complete guide to hand cream, we’ve rounded up the best hand creams of 2021 that will undoubtedly nurse sore, dry and cracked skin back to full health.
Let's kick things off with a cult-favourite all purpose cream. Not only can this tub of goodness deeply nourish and revive dry hands, but it can be used all over the body, including as a face moisturiser and hair mask. Using high-performing natural and healing ingredients, this is a must-have product for your handbag or desk drawer!
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.
Give hardworking hands a break with this rich hand cream from Aesop. Botanicals and skin-softening ingredients are combined in order to resurrect mitts that are looking a little worse for wear.
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.
The Elizabeth Arden White Tea Hand Cream adds a little luxury to your hand care. It combines shea butter, white tea and a beautiful sensory aroma to nourish your tired mitts. Go on, give them a well-deserved treat!
Boasting a 100% natural formula, this hand cream works around the clock to keep mitts hydrated, protected and free from dry patches. Powered by lanolin - a compound that mirrors human skin - and moisturising oils, it’s all you need to keep hands, nails and any dry patches in check.
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.
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.
This nourishing balm is a fantastic option for nourishing hands and boosting your mood. The uplifting scent has a blend of eight delectable essential oils, such as mandarin and mint. Not to mention a combination of shea and cocoa butters to keep your hands super soft.
This ultra-rich balm is your one-stop-shop to hands that are soft and smooth from wrist to fingertip. Bursting with shea butter, it shields skin from environmental aggressors and soothes irritation, making it a perfect option for everyday use.
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.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.