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The Best Hand Cream for Dry and Cracked Skin

By Carly Cochrane - 3 weeks 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.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best hand creams of 2020 that will undoubtedly nurse sore, dry and cracked skin back to full health.

Neutrogena Hand Cream Concentrated Unscented

Neutrogena Hand Cream Concentrated Unscented

£3.90
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The OG of all hand creams, this clinically proven formula is all you need to revive dry hands. It utilises high-performing ingredients that replenish moisture, rubs in easily and never leaves hands feeling greasy – a must-have for your handbag or desk drawer!

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Hand Cream

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Hand Cream

£5.99
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Dubbed as the ‘protective glove’, this hand cream keeps skin fully nourished, even throughout hand washing. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, the cream boosts your skin’s natural resilience from the get-go.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

£21.00
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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.

Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food

£7.15
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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.

Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Hand Cream 5% Urea with Lactate

Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Hand Cream 5% Urea with Lactate

£6.00
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This super rich hand cream from Eucerin is one of the best for the job. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients, it efficiently treats hands that are often exposed to chemicals, cold weather and harsh soaps.

Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve

Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve

£17.99
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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.

CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream

CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream

£5.50
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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.

ClarinsMen ClarinsMen Active Hand Care

ClarinsMen ClarinsMen Active Hand Care

£13.60
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The Clarins Men Active Hand Care gives tired mitts a well-deserved break. Formulated for extremely dry and cracked hands, it guarantees instant relief and gives hands a real chance to heal.

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream

£15.60
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High-performing ingredients and an unscented formula has earned this hand cream a top spot for sensitive skin. Hands never feel dry, uncomfortable or sore with this luxurious, rich textured solution.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm

L'Occitane Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm

£21.60
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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.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.