The best hand cream will not only moisturise your digits day to day, but prevent ageing in the future. Find your perfect hand cream here...
Hands are often over-looked in our skincare routine. But, when you think that they are exposed to the elements just as much as your face and often without a well practised regime to protect them, it’s no surprise that they can be one of first parts of the body to show signs of ageing. If you’ve ever heard the old saying ‘if you want to find out someone’s age look at their hands’ you might be on the hunt for the ultimate anti-ageing hand lotion or want to find out how to tackle pesky sun spots or even how to stop that horrible cracked feeling once and for all, then you’re in the right place.
The good news is there is a lotion out there for every skincare concern and we’ve put a whole host of them to the test and picked the best of the bunch so you can rest assured that your hard earned pennies are only spent on the best hand creams out there, the ones that really work.
So keep scrolling to find out which hand creams came out on top…
Best Hand Cream For Dry Hands
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Not only is skin on the hands thinner but there are also less sebum glands than other areas of the body which is why hands tend to loose that suppleness sooner than other areas of the body. And, also why they’re prone to dryness. To prevent it arm yourself with a generous dollop of this rich salve that forms a glove-like shield over your mitts while the hydrating avocado, sesame and olive oil based formula works its magic.
Best Hand Cream For Anti Ageing
The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream
If you’re a fan of cult skincare brand The Ordinary, it’s our pleasure to introduce to you another member of the Deciem clan, The Chemistry Brand. Hand Chemistry launched to sellout success way back in 2013 and it still remains one of our firm favourites. Why? Because it’s algae based formula hydrates in record time and the clever copper peptide formula stimulates collagen production to boost elasticity for your smoothest, most youthful looking paws to date.
Best Hand Cream For Cracked Fingers
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
There aren’t many things more uncomfortable than hands and fingers so dry they start cracking. Whether you’ve got a labour intensive job, love spending time in the garden or a bit of a DIY fanatic most of us have suffered from cracking at some point. To combat it this potent 20% shea butter lotion nourishes sore cracked fingers in seconds and won’t leave them feeling greasy.
Best Hand Cream For Winter
Aveda Hand Relief
Relieve hands from the daily stresses of winter weather and harsh central heating with this ultra moisturizing cream. Fruit acids help shed your dead-winter-skin-coat thanks to their exfoliating properties to give you touchably soft mitts while antioxidants protect against signs of ageing. We’re strong advocates of hand cream year round but in the darkest months of the year sometimes you just need a little bit more TLC. And the citrus scent is so heavenly you’ll be slathering it on every hour, on the hour until spring, which can’t be any bad thing can it?
Best Hand Cream For Wrinkles
Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream
Retinol, vitamin C and antioxidant grape seed combine in a three-pronged attack on ageing in this powerful wrinkle busting hand cream. After just a month of use we found the delicate skin on the hands softer, smoother and brighter looking. AKA mitts that looked decidedly less old-ladylike than when we started out. We’re sold.
Best Hand Cream For Age Spots
Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Hand Cream
The battle against ageing sunspots can be won with the help of this luxury hand cream from French favourite Sisley. So, how exactly does it work? The key ingredient in this targeted lotion is the nasturtium petal extract which is proven to diminish and lighten dark spots while the SPF 10 offers added protection against future sun damage so you don’t undo all the hard work too.
Best Hand Cream For Eczema
Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream
Dream of hydrating hands that are as dry as Sahara but worried about aggravating eczema? Stop right here. This oat based, fragrance free lotion is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. The nourishing cream soothes and relieves itching with it’s gentle formula and won’t leave hands feeling sticky.
This pot of goodness does it all. Use it on your hands, elbows, lips, knees – you’ll be sorted in no time.
This clever product prevents dehydration of the skin’s upper layers with the addition of molecules that feature a sort of film that holds on to those precious water molecules.
It’s super luxurious and nourishing. It absorbs quickly into the skin. And, a little goes a long way, which means you’re getting more for your money.
It’s quite simple really. Go buy one now!
We’re dedicated fans of all things Burt’s here at MC, and just can’t get enough of the label’s delicious Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream. It smells good enough to eat (we haven’t tried), is packed full of vitamin E and soothing aloe vera and leaves hands feeling luxuriously lovely and soft.
Use sparingly as a little goes a long way, or slather on at night under cotton manicure gloves to give your hands an at-home treatment.
Age-defying, anti-wrinkle, and under a fiver? You have our attention Nivea. Specially formulated for extra-dry hands, the Nivea Hand Q10 Plus Age-Defying Hand Cream not only smells divine, it also smoothes fine lines and guards against age spots, too.
If you suffer from cracked or broken skin, this intensely moisturising cream will soothe and heal distressed areas, bringing your hands back to their beautiful best quickly and effectively. Pop one on your desk and it’ll be your beauty go-to in no time.
The easiest way to keep nails and cuticles looking their best is with a targeted hand cream. The Lancôme Nutrix Royal Mains reinforces the surface of the nails and surrounding skin to strengthen and improve the overall look of your digits.
Don’t be alarmed by the thick texture of this moisturiser – once you massage it into your hands, it dissolves into a velvety smooth and soft liquid which is quickly absorbed. Plus, the delicate rose scent leaves the hands beautifully scented all day.
Like Elizabeth Arden’s famous Eight Hour Cream, their hand cream version has that vaguely medicinal fragrance that instantly convinces you the salve is working wonders – and it is. With a super-creamy texture, skin soaks up this fast-absorbing gel in seconds, leaving your hands utterly smooth with a healthy glow.
Our favourite thing about the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Hand Cream? You can still feel it on your hands after one or two washes, so there’s no need to continuously reapply throughout the day.
Did you know that harmful UVA and UVB rays can damage your skin, even through your car windscreen or office window? Make sure your hands are protected at all times with the Eve Lom Hand Cream SPF 10, which deflects harmful environmental aggressors as well as sun damage.
Despite the rich and thick texture of this cream, it absorbs quickly into the skin, for a comfortable and non-greasy feeling. As well as soothing jojoba oil and beeswax to moisturise and keep skin supple, this hand cream also contains salicylic acid and kokum butter to gently exfoliate the skin to keep your hands looking brighter, more radiant and ultimately more healthy.
Our secret saviour for dry, irritated hands, Clinique’s rich, 100 per cent fragrance-free wonder cream is ideal for those with super-sensitive skin. Hydrating for up to an amazing 12 hours, the silky-smooth gel formula soothes, protects, and even helps skin to retain moisture. This is one we just can’t do without.
For quick-fix nails, massage Clinique’s Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream over the surface of the cuticle and nail to leave them with a super shiny and healthy-looking sheen. So much better than applying nail varnish, which will only chip.
Dr Nick Lowe’s double duty hand cream is a multitasking wonder. Packed with skin-soothing Vitamin A, it instantly tightens and brightens, and has quickly shot up our list of must-have beauty buys.
As well as quenching thirsty skin, the savvy super-product also contains SPF 15 to protect from the sun and keep hands looking young – a must for any age. Don’t be alarmed by the chalky emulsion when you first try this product, it soaks straight into skin to leave them instantly looking their best.
Packed with a whole host of active ingredients, Clarins’ gorgeous hand and nail treatment cream takes some beating. With a delicious light scent, it quickly absorbs into the skin and works particularly well when it comes to moisturising cuticles and nails, as well as minimising age spots and strengthening nails, all in one fell swoop.
Plus, there’s the astringent (a compound that constricts body tissue), condurango bark extract in the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, which helps to prevent damp palms. You’ll want one permanently by your side.
You know how some hand creams just sit on the surface? This one doesn’t. It sinks in while still giving you that soft, moisturised feeling. And it fights pigmentation.