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
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.
Best hand cream for wrinkles
Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream, £62, Space NK
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.
Best hand cream for age spots
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.
Best hand cream for eczema
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.
Keep scrolling for a few more of Team Marie Claire‘s greatest hand cream hits. Your hands will thank you for it.
If you can't be fussed with fragrances and just want a really solid hand cream, this beauty from Ameliorate brings together oat and sweet almond oil as well as shea butter for a deeply hydrating experience.
A shea butter infused formula, this softening hand cream not only leaves your hands significantly softened but packs Byredo's famous Bibliothèque fragrance, peach, plum and floral notes on a bed of patchouli, leather and vanilla. Delicious.
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.
Packed with a whole host of active ingredients, Clarins' gorgeous hand and nail treatment cream takes some beating. With a lovely 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, which helps to prevent damp palms. You'll want one permanently by your side (or in your bag).
A concentrated concoction of vitamins, sea minerals and seaweed extract, this hand-harvested hand cream smoothes out dry skin. What's more they also donate part of their profits to the Blue Marine Foundation to support their work in protecting ocean habitats.