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The best hand cream to soothe, repair and protect your skin

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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 the best hand cream 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 lotion. Or, if you 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.

Keep scrolling to find out which hand creams come out on top.

Best hand cream for dry hands

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, £22, Space NK

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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.

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Best hand cream for dry cracked fingers

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, £21,

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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. 

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Best hand cream for wrinkles

Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream, £62, Space NK

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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.

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Best hand cream for age spots

Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Hand Cream, £105, John Lewis

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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.

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Best hand cream for eczema

Gallinée La Culture Hand Cream, £11.90,

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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 help it be as healthy as possible. It has absolutely no greasy feeling whatsoever, and also works as a restorative foot cream.

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