If there's one thing your handbag should always contain...
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.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, £22, Space NK
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.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, £21, uk.loccitane.com
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.
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 less old-ladylike than when we started out. We’re sold.
Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Hand Cream, £105, John Lewis
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.
Gallinée La Culture Hand Cream, £11.90, gallinee.com
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.
Still not sure which hand cream is best for you?
Keep scrolling for more of team Marie Claire‘s favourites.
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 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.
This pot of goodness does it all. Use it on your hands, elbows, lips, knees - your skin will be sorted in no time.
A luxury, spa-smelling treatment for your digits. Shea butter softens your hands while liquorice brightens their complexion for overall more youthful looking hands.