13 of the best hand creams to soften and protect your skin

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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

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now: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve for £15 from Selfridges

Kiehl's 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

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now: The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream for £18.99 from Amazon

Hand chemistry 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

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now: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream for £19 from John Lewis

L'Occitane 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

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now: Aveda Hand Relief for £18 from Look Fantastic

Aveda hand cream

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

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now: Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream for £62 from Look Fantastic

Chantecaille 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

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now: Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Hand Cream for £105 from John Lewis

Sisley 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

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now: Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream for £4.12 from Amazon

Aveeno 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.

 

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