The 6 Best Hand Creams of 2019

Keep hands soft and protected

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We often underestimate just how hardworking our hands are. Between the non-stop texting and typing to heavy-lifting, gardening, and harsh weather, there’s no question that our hands really take a beating on the daily. Excessively washing and sun exposure quickly depletes the already thin skin and, generally, we do not devote the same amount of attention to our hands as we do to the skin on our face and the rest of our bodies. Give those paws a break and treat them to some TLC. From anti-aging to dark spot fading, we’ve rounded up the top creams to help heal your tired hands.

Best Overall: O’Keefe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

It’s not every day that you come across a product that you can see work miracles right in front of your eyes. Most ointments, even the strong prescription stuff, take at least a week to show real results. O’Keefe’s on the other hand, instantly starts repairing as soon as it touches your skin. If your hands are seriously cracked or chapped, it might sting at first. But don’t worry—it’s that you-know-it-must-be-working kind of sting and that’s because it is.

In less than 24-hours lizard skin will become super soft and supple. Cracks will mend. Dry patches will heal. And all it takes is a pinch o’ product. When we say a little bit goes a long way, we mean it. Although the texture is thick, it doesn’t leave hands feeling sticky or wet. If anything, it has a slightly tacky feel to it. For convenience, the jar has a rubber grip, which makes it easy to close even with the product on. 

Best Budget: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Fragrance Free

Score high-quality protection at an affordable price by adding this cream to your lineup. The odorless and clear formula virtually disappears into skin, but don’t expect it to act like your average drugstore hand cream.

Unlike most liquid formulas, this dense moisturizer falls in between an ointment and a cream and should be applied with a little more attention than usual. To get technical, it’s a concentrate, which makes it feel heavier at first (but not greasier). It melts best into moist skin, so we suggest leaving it by your sink and slapping some on after washing your hands to lock-in moisture. 

Best Anti-Aging: StriVectin Volumizing Hand Treatment

StriVectin Volumizing Hand Treatment (2 fl oz.)
Courtesy of Dermstore

It’s likely not your first time hearing that hands are one of the first parts of your body to show signs of aging. So it should come as no surprise that you should treat your hands as you do your face with good-for-you skincare to help reverse fine lines and wrinkles. Give your hands a lift by coating your skin in this volumizing treatment.

It’s formulated with vitamin E and shea butter to hydrate and protect from sun and free radical damage. This age-reversing potion instantly smooths and nourishes skin. In fact, Amazon reviewers say they noticed a more youthful, wrinkle-free appearance with just a few uses of this potent skincare. 

Best Exfoliating: Lano Lemon Hand Cream

Delight your hands with a lemony treat. This powerful exfoliating hand cream transforms rough flaky skin into smooth perfection. It’s main ingredient, lanolin, is found on sheep wool to keep hair protected and dry. When distilled, lanolin becomes a skin super-healer.

Lano’s “exclusive ultra medical grade” is 100% natural and free of chemicals and additives, hypoallergenic, and odorless. On top of its intense repairing abilities, it also contains citric acid from lemon oil, which sloughs away dead skin. The combination of hydration and exfoliation is truly delicious.

Best with SPF: Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40

Harmful UV rays are everywhere and exposure is inevitable, especially for hands. Don’t let them go neglected. Treat your hands just as you treat your face.

This cruelty- and paraben-free hand cream contains antioxidants, which help fight off free radical damage. It also includes SPF 40, which is almost unheard of for a hand cream. Amazon reviewers love that it doesn’t create that “sunscreen feel” even though it has the same protecting power. Reviewers also loved that the consistency is neither too thin nor too thick, and can even be worn in the summer. 

Best for Dark Spots: Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF15

Ditch dark spots, hydrate, and protect with the help of this multi-purpose hand cream. It’s packed with potent blend of vitamin C, salicylic acid, and yeast, which helps erase sun spots, exfoliate, and brighten (respectively) overall skin tone.

Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid draws moisture into the skin while SPF 15 and rice bran extract helps fend off environmental aggressors and future damage. The lightweight texture absorbs quickly into skin and stays put for up to eight hours and at least two hand washings. Get this into your routine, and you’ll be amazed by how radiant and youthful your hands look and feel.


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