There are so many different ways to moisturize our faces today – from serums to oils to masks – we often forget to pay attention to our precious hands. The daily scourge of washing and drying them may keep them germ-free, but wreaks havoc on their moisture levels, while a lack of love (and SPF) speeds up the ageing process. So even if hand modeling isn’t in your future, it pays to invest in a hand cream that will go the extra mile to protect your palms. Beyond that, it provides you with a daily ritual away from the digital hubbub that just feels damn good.
The One To Keep On Your Bedside Table
Not only is the woody, botanical scent of this cream delicious, but it will transform your tired hands and cuticles in mere minutes, making it the perfect indulgence when you hit the bed at night and wake up in the morning. Oh, and it looks cool, too.
The One To Show Off
This super nourishing hand cream from Grown Alchemist is the ultimate status hand cream, perfect for lending some cool to your kitchen or bathroom sink. The warm citrus-y scent is also addictive.
The One That Quenches Even The Thirstiest Hands
This beloved Aussie brand is known for its hard-working 100 per cent medical grade Lanolin products, and this cream is no exception. Despite its uber-moisturizing effect, it leaves hands feeling silky smooth rather than sticky.
The One That French Girls Love
As your favorite French girl can attest, Caudalie’s hand cream combines antioxidant grape polyphenols and reparative shea butter to work double duty by nourishing both your hands and nails.
The One That Will Take Years Off Your Life
I’ve been sending beauty products to my mother for years, and this is the only one she’s ever raved about (and re-purchased countless times). Created by Deciem offshoot The Chemistry Brand, it targets eight different signs of ageing and noticeably improves the firmness and texture of your hands within 11 days.
The One To Throw In Your Purse
To keep your hands in their best shape, re-applying cream throughout the day is key. This low-priced 125 ml version from Soap & Glory is the perfect size to keep in your purse or gym bag, with bonus points for being non-greasy.
The One To Give Your Little Sister
Does your younger sister have a budding interest in beauty and self-care? Help her kick start a hand maintenance routine early on with this pretty Vitamin-E infused version from FRESH.
The One That Chills You Out
If you’re a yoga regular or meditation fiend, this is the cream for you. Infused with fresh smelling essential oils like safflower that help relieve stress, it also soothes any redness or inflammation.
The One Beloved By A-listers
Celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley love everything that Terry de Gunzberg touches, including this spin on her cult-loved moisturizer, Baume De Rose. Made with rosehip oil, this cream is perfect for even the most sensitive hands.
The One That Will Transport You To Provence
You’re forgiven for thinking this would be one of L’Occitane’s famous creams. While we love that OG, we’re smitten with the new kid in town, Bastide (launched by Frederic Fekkai), whose citrusy hand cream is just as transportive.
The One To Bring To The Beach
Ideally, all of your hand creams would have SPF but the industry is not quite there yet. For days when you’ll be in the sun for long hours, you’ll want to grab this SPF 15 balm from Essential Kit that hydrates and protects the delicate skin on your hands.
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