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...
Our hands are often over-looked in our skincare routine. But when you think that your hands are exposed to the elements as much as your face is, it makes sense to invest in the best hand cream you can use to protect them.
Just like skincare for your face, the perfect hand cream should contain SPF, fight dark spots and firm up your skin for an overall younger-looking effect. We’ve picked the hand creams that offer this and more to act as your secret weapon for avoiding dry hands and encouraging nourished, beautiful feeling skin.
From trusted brands like Neal’s Yard, L’Occitane and Burt’s Bees, which are known for their effective handcare formulas, to beauty favourites like Clinique and Clarins, who have developed special creams adapted from their best skincare lines to help your hands, there’s a hand cream to suit every need.
It’s also the best way to keep your age disguised. Our hands are one of the first places to show signs of ageing. They’re constantly exposed and used, so it makes sense. Not only that, they go through a lot. Think of how often you wash your hands during the day. Unless you’re following up with a hand cream afterwards, the soap will dry out your hands. This is what leads to that sandpaper feeling. But, by taking great care of your hands, you can give them the nourishment they need.
Hand Chemistry’s revolutionary anti-ageing hand cream is so good, you can even use it on your face. And Nivea’s Q10 hand cream is renowned for soothing and healing distressed skin. You can also choose between fragranced and non fragranced too. A nice little touch, especially when relaxing scents are taken into account.
Once you’ve found the best hand cream for your hands, use a few massaging techniques to get full advantage of the benefits. Focus on the padded area of your thumb and your knuckles. These are the areas most affected by dryness and cracking. And don’t forget to rub the hand cream around your nails. Nails are made of keratin, so need to stay hydrated in order to not peel.
So whether you’re hydrating or hiding ageing, make sure your palms are worthy of hand holding with one of the best hand creams around.
This award-winning hand cream should be a staple part of your beauty routine. Keep L’Occitane’s Shea Butter saviour in your handbag, on your desk and in your car. The luxurious blend of shea butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil is gorgeously rich, nourishing and sinks into skin with ease.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know there were eight ways your hands could age? Well there are. From sagging skin to wrinkles, it’s important to look after your hands now, before the signs of ageing start to show. Especially because we all have age spots formed under our skin, we just can’t see them yet. Terrifying?
Well don’t worry, because the Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream fights all of these pesky problems and is as good as any moisturiser you would use on your face. Results are promised within 11 days and you only need to use this cream once in the morning and once in the evening to see an improvement in the delicate skin on your hands.
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.