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The best hand cream to soothe and repair skin this winter

It's time to stock up for the colder months ahead

Skincare is so focused on our faces that it’s understandable if you’ve never given your hands a second thought. But they’re exposed to the elements just as much as our faces, making the best hand cream pretty important stuff.

Great news: There’s a hand cream to tackle pretty much every major skin concern, from SPF to anti-ageing, as well as those that’ll prevent sore and cracked hands from spoiling your festive fun.

So if you’re looking to keep your hands soft and supple this winter, combine one of the best hand creams below with a good pair of gloves and you’re good to go.

Best hand cream for dry hands

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, £21, uk.loccitane.com

best hand cream for dry skin L'Occitane

Few things are 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 (more likely) your skin struggles when the temperatures drop, most of us suffer from cracking at some point. To combat it, this potent 20% shea butter lotion nourishes sore cracked fingers in seconds and, best of all, won’t leave them feeling greasy. 

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Best hand cream for wrinkles

Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream, £62, Space NK

best hand cream Chantecaille

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 younger than when we started out. We’re sold.

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Best hand cream for age spots

Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Treatment, £6.50 for members, beautypie.com

best hand cream for age spots Beauty Pie

By now we’re all well rehearsed on the benefits of retinol for turning back the clock on ageing skin. Beauty Pie’s affordable members service cuts out the ‘middle man’ from skincare and make-up shopping, resulting in much more affordable luxury products; case in point, their hydrating and anti-ageing hand cream containing micro-encapsulated is just £6.50 for members, and will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots.

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Best hand cream for eczema

Gallinée Probiotic Hand Cream, £12, Lookfantastic

best hand cream Gallinee

If you have eczema, the last thing you want to do is apply a product that will worsen or irritate it further. Gallinée’s patented Triple Biotic Complex works to support your skin’s microbiome to keep it as healthy and functional as possible. It’s very soothing has absolutely no greasy feeling whatsoever and, bonus, it can also be applied to the feet.

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Keep scrolling for a few more of Team Marie Claire‘s greatest hand cream hits. Your hands will thank you for it.

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