8 Best Hand Creams in 2022 - Hand Lotions for Winter

2022-06-25 07:44:08 By : Ms. Beaulin Zeng

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Say so long to cracked, flaky skin.

Cold winter weather can take its toll on your hands, and all the hand-washing and sanitizing we've been doing over the past two years isn't helping. While we certainly wouldn't suggest that you ditch your hand hygiene routine, we can suggest some great hand creams that will help fight dryness, heal cracks, and get your hands baby smooth once again.

While you could go to a drugstore and pick up any old hand cream, it can be tough to find one that works for your lifestyle and your skin type. To help you find the perfect hand cream, we've gathered up some of our favorites that have delicious scents, healing ingredients, and the silkiest textures. Read on for some ingredients to look out for, as well as our roundup of the best hand lotions on the market.

When searching for a new hand cream, you'll want to look for specific ingredients in the formula that can help—or hurt—your dry skin.

Shea butter: This is used in a lot of hand creams. Not only does it help improve the texture of the cream, but it also works well to lock in moisture and keep your hands soft.

Vitamins E and A: These are great for fighting aging. They can help reduce hyperpigmentation and plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. They can also help combat the effects of UV damage, which is great since hands are one of the body parts most frequently exposed to sunlight and damaging rays.

SPF: Most hand creams don't have SPF, but the ones that do are great for slapping on before venturing outside for your daily run. Unlike spray-on sunscreen, hand creams with added SPF will moisturize your hands without leaving you feeling oily.

Fragrances: While some creams may smell amazing, the artificial fragrances in them may actually be drying your skin out. If you do opt for a fragranced hand cream, look for essential oils instead of alcohol-based fragrances, as they will be much less drying on your skin.

To narrow down the best hand creams on the market, we looked at expert-tested reviews from trusted sources like Good Housekeeping and Vogue. We then took into account ingredients, feel, longevity, and scent. Finally, we consulted more than 53,000 reviews, written by people who’ve bought these creams, to settle on these eight.

If you're prone to severely dry skin, Eucerin could be a lifesaver. The fragrance-free formula is super gentle, and ingredients like glycerin, urea, and sunflower seed oil help keep your hands moisturized for up to six hours before you need to reapply.

It absorbs into the skin quickly and won't leave you with any kind of residue on your hands. Best of all, it's one of the most affordable options, with three 2.7-ounce bottles costing less than $20.

You may already be buying anti-aging cream for your face, but did you know you can get it for your hands as well? This Mario Badescu cream contains retinyl palmitate and vitamin E, which help improve skin tone and boost collagen production. It has a pleasant rose scent, but the texture is a bit sticky, so it may be best to put on before bed.

If you're not wearing gloves when you're running, you should definitely be wearing sunscreen on your hands. Just like your face and arms, your hands are among the parts of your body that get the most sun exposure—and they are often one of the first areas to begin showing signs of aging.

This hand cream packs SPF 40, and helps target hyperpigmentation and loss of firmness. While you don't need to use this all the time like you would a facial SPF, it's a smart idea to throw it on before every run.

Not only is this the cutest hand cream container on our list, but it also smells the best. This formula is infused with Glossier's signature fragrance, which is spicy, woodsy, sweet, and fresh, giving it a subtly delicious scent that works well with any perfume. The formula uses meadowfoam seed oil and coconut fruit extract to make it super soft, but not greasy.

L'Occitane hand cream is beloved among users for its luxurious texture. Super thick and moisturizing, it uses a high percentage of shea butter to get its creamy feel, and it's both long-lasting and super hydrating. This formula is available in a 5.2- or 1-ounce size, though the larger size is more cost-effective. When you've finished the tube, the container is also fully recyclable.

The worst part about flying is accidentally bringing toiletries that are too large and losing them to the TSA. This hand cream is just tiny enough to make it on a plane with you and won't take up too much room in your bag, either. The scent is delicious but not overpowering, and the formula is hydrating and light.

This hand cream is chock-full of healing ingredients, like shea butter, niacinamide, and La Roche-Posay's signature thermal spring water. Combined, these ingredients produce a lightweight, yet super effective cream that will leave your skin feeling comfortable all day.

The cream's smoothing and softening effects are designed to last for 48 hours once it soaks into your skin, and it can help keep you protected even if you're washing your hands frequently.

If you struggle with super dry, cracked hands, a typical hand cream might not be enough to help you heal. This cream is designed to provide a protective layer around your hands that will help boost moisture levels and prevent further cracking and dryness. It works best when used after bathing, washing your hands, or before bed, but you can use it all day if you don't mind the slightly tacky residue.